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By Marguerite Ward and Gabrielle Frank

It's that time of year to start thinking about sunscreen. Instead of reaching for a random bottle of lotion in a rush while on the way to the beach, like most of us do, experts from Consumer Reports suggest taking a few minutes to think about what sunscreen is safest for you and your family.

“There so many models on the market — bottles, cans — and it can get really confusing for consumers,” Consumer Reports deputy editor Patricia Calvo said.

The outlet conducted a series of tests on some of the most common brands of sunscreen to determine which are best.

Here are five brands that passed multiple tests and made the cut this year:

1. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk

This sunscreen favorite has made the Consumer Reports best sunscreen list yet again. The lightweight cream is fragrance-free and perfect for sensitive skin.

2. Coppertone Sport SPF 50 Lotion Sunscreen

Look for the dark blue bottle! Coppertone Sport SPF 50 will keep you and your family protected: it's a great sunscreen for kids.

3. Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion SPF 30

You may know Aveeno for it’s soap or body lotion. Turns out, it’s sunscreen lotion can also be a bathroom staple.

4. Banana Boat SunComfort Clear UltraMist Spray SPF 50+ Sunscreen

If a spray is more your style, researchers recommend this Banana Boat sunscreen spray. Just make sure you rub it in after application and use a cream for your face to avoid inhaling any chemicals, Calvo said.

5. Coppertone Kids Sunscreen Stick SPF 55

Looking for a face-friendly sunscreen? This stick is a good choice, according to Consumer Reports. Not only does it protect from the sun’s rays, but it won’t run as easily as a cream or even spray.

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For the full list of best suncreens for 2018 or see how the product you love stacks up, check out the full report on Consumer Reports.

Regardless of what kind of sunscreen you choose, follow these steps to avoid getting burned:

  • Shake the bottle. This helps to distribute the ingredients throughout the bottle.
  • Apply sunscreen BEFORE you go outside. Aim for 15 to 30 minutes before.
  • Reapply every two hours. And whenever you get out of the water, no matter how much time has passed, or if an ingredient is water resistant.

Remember to apply sunscreen to often-forgotten parts of your body like your scalp, toes (in between toes, too), ears and more. Wear a hat when you can!

For more information, check out the full story on Consumer Reports. This article was originally published on May 5, 2017.