Consumer Reports explains what ‘SPF’ and the numbers next to them mean on sunscreen bottles

No matter how or when you’re spending time outside, it’s important to wear sunscreen. But how do you know which is best? Sunscreen labels can be confusing, which is why Consumer Reports is helping to decode those tubes and bottles so you can protect your skin. Scan a sunscreen bottle and your head may spin from all the different labels -“SPF,” “Sport” and “Reef Safe” are among the more common. But, what do they all mean?