Buying sunscreen

Posted in Insightson May 10, 2011

Summer is arriving and it is the time of year that many will buy sunscreen.  You may be tempted to buy the big bottle that will last years, but before you do, realize that sunscreens have a limited shelf life.  Oprah’s website recommends that you replace sunscreen every year.  At the very least, you should replace sunscreen after its expiration date.

If you are like me, you won’t end up using gallons of sunscreen every year, but want to have some on hand for the weekend adventures.  You may consider buying a travel size tube of sunscreen, which usually sells for about $1 for 1 ounce.  Buy a new tube every year and you are good to go.

In some cases, the travel size may be cheaper per ounce than larger tubes.  For example, I was at Walmart last night and saw a 1.5 ounce package of sunscreen selling for over $3 next to the rest of the sunscreens.  But when I went over to the travel section, I found a 1 ounce tube of the same brand for just $0.97.

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