Chemical sunscreens are found to offer the best protection and are superior to those with mineral or natural ingredients, according to a new review from Consumer Reports.

Experts have rated 53 different products in this year’s annual ‘Best sunscreens’ list. Apart from looking at whether they comprised of natural or mineral ingredients, they also had a separate ranking for chemical sunscreens without oxybenzone.

A 2-16 study had reported that sunscreens with oxybenzone, when washed off swimmers, is a threat to the health of coral reefs. Also, the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend sunscreens with oxybenzone for use in children since it caused mild hormonal issues, mentioned Medscape Medical News.

The testers applied a standard amount of each of these sunscreens in a 2-inch by 3-inch rectangle on the backs of the panelists who test these products. They will then soak in a tub of water and get exposed to UV light emitted by a sun simulator. Their skins will be tested the next day for redness and the rating will be done.

The recommended sunscreen products:

The panelists recommend five products including three lotions and two sprays. All of them are chemical sunscreens and contained oxybenzone.

“While we recognize there are concerns with oxybenzone, we know that sunscreen is a critical part of an overall sun protection plan. It's proven to prevent sunburn, and it can lower your risk of skin cancer and reduce skin aging, and our testing is based on a product's ability to filter UV rays," Medscape Medical News quoted Don Huber, director of product safety who took part in the review.

And here’s the list of products that received Consumer Reports’ "recommended" rating:

  1. Coppertone Ultra Guard Lotion SPF 70
  2. CVS Health Ultra Protection Sun Lotion SPF 70
  3. Solimo (Amazon) General Protection Lotion SPF 50
  4. Trader Joe's Spray SPF 50+
  5. Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun Protection Spray SPF 70

For those who are concerned about oxybenzone, the review recommended Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Lotion SPF 50 and the Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport Ultra Light Spray SPF 30. The review also included ratings of sunscreens that comprise mineral blockers like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide only.

Summer is officially here, which means the concern for sun damage is at its annual peak. Reuters