This Year's 'Don't Buy' Sun Cream Revealed By Which?

19 May 2017
Don't Buy Sun Cream Revealed By Which?

It's that time of year when Consumer Watchdog Which? tell us which Sun Creams live up to their SPF claims and which ones don't. It's fair to say that when we buy Sun Cream for ourselves or our children, we expect it to provide the protection that it advertises. However, Which? have found in previous years that this just isn't the case.

The one that Which? have named this year as the 'Don't Buy' is the Avon Sun+Multi Protection Moisturising Sun Lotion*. At £10, it was the most expensive one featured in the test and was found to offer around a fifth less protection than it claimed.

One of the best Sun Creams that passed the SPF test and lived up to it's claims was Aldi Lacura Suncare Spray SPF30 200ml*. At £2.79, it shows that price isn't everything when it comes to selecting a Sun Cream. You can find it in store.

There was a total of 14 Factor 30 Sun Creams tested - here are the other 12 that passed the Sun Protection Test carried out by Which?:

Why not tell us what Sun Cream you swear by year in year out?

TOPICS:   News and Recalls

64 comments

  • Emma H.

    Did they test any 50SPF? Looking for kids on holiday this year.

    • Kim W.

      Child's farm is amazing!great for sensitive skin too

    • Clare S.

      I have used the Boots Soltan Waterplay 50 spf one last 3 years on my daughter & it's been great.

    • Libby A.

      You don't need factor 50. 30 is much better for their skin. (I'll post a link) we just come back for 3 weeks in Egypt with a 4 year old and a 9 month old. We used amber solair very water resistant kids factor 30. Baby is the same colour he went and the 4 year old has slight colour on its legs and arms. I would 100% recommend it.

  • Sarah B.

    maybe pick up the Aldi one after all x

  • Liz E.

    , aldi suncream came out best in the Which test. It's only £2.79 x

  • Lisa K.

    Bugger when your children are alergic to thr aldi one and the only on they can use hasnt even been tested

  • Jennifer F.

    , Aldi suncream the best :sunglasses::smiley:

  • Kayleigh D.

    best sun creams for our holiday aldis is the best one and it's only £2.79 :see_no_evil:

    • Emma G.

      Aldi just keeps getting better and better! X

  • Helen W.

    I Always use the aldi suncream on my 4 children it's fantastic it's a coloured spray and smells nice and brilliant price comes In SPF50 too :heart:

  • Mary M.

    I would have liked a link to the Which report so I could see all the suncreams that didn't pass the test

  • Michelle R.

    Nooo I've bought Avon for our holidays

  • Nicola D.

    Aldi is the way forward :kissing_heart:

  • Laura L.

    Love aldi suncream. My lg has ezcema and aldi is the only 1 we have found that doesnt iritate her x

  • Clare H.

    We use Aldi's every year, it's fab

  • Angela M.

    Aldi factor 30 is the only cream that doesn't irritate my childrens skin.

  • Daniella G.

    Yeah Aldi is defo the way forward! Gona need to get some xx

  • Kim B.

    Aldi kids sun cream is brilliant-my little girl has sensitive skin and other sun creams have made her face puffy/red! No problem with this one and great price!!

  • Nicola J.

    Saw this. I took Aldi and Wilkos away with me and was loads better than piz buin 30 once a day!

  • Jade J.

    Yes Aldi suncream :clap_tone1: just wish they would create a suncream that didn't stain clothes

  • Carol B.

    We buy Aldi's all the time (incl after sun) value for money and have used boots own too. I love the smell of Ambre solaire but not the price.

  • Poppy M.

    Ok it don't protect as high as it says so the 50 is prob a 30 xxx I'll prob try Aldis or just go back to the ones I brought before

  • Sophie G.

    Always use Aldi sun cream for me and my kids. Never had an issue and the kid one is great it doesn't affect my oldest sons eczema :thumbsup_tone2:

  • Shari S.

    For kids the Nivea 50+ protection is perfect. I even done a smiley face on my back and it stayed completely pale :)

  • Lee G.

    Aldis is ment to be one of the best xx

  • Jennifer E.

    Been using Avon sun cream for 10+ years and never burnt

  • Gemma D.

    I've got the Aldi one to try :blush:

  • Jodie M.

    Oh that's good will get an Aldi one too then c

  • Sheena V.

    I started using the Aldi lacura last year going by Which? & it's brilliant. Have always used factor 50 as believed it was best for my kids but was advised by my daughter's Paediatrician that factor 30 was better as it lets the skin breathe. Factor 50 clogs the skin so can make it more sensitive & sore, makes sense & going down to the factor 30 worked so now converted & wouldn't use any other brand!

  • Sue B.

    Ultrasun is the best. You might think it's expensive, but you only have to put it on in the morning and that's it, lasts all day, and it is waterproof.

    • Kirsty B.

      Eczema and allergy friendly too :ok_hand_tone1:

    • Becky R.

      Second this cream, it's fantastic for kids who hate having cream applied

  • Geri O.

    I've used the Avon suncream for years and its usually on offer at 3 for £10. you just need to buy it at the right time. Avon suncream is the only one my daughter can use as she is allergic to pretty much every other one. I also know poeple who have very sensitive skin and skin conditions who are able to use their factor 50 with no problems. I would definitely recommend it and def wouldn't be put off by this report! !!

    • Indya D.

      It isn't so much the price that's put me off but when they say that it gives less protection than it claims to, that puts me off

    • Geri O.

      My husband and myself and 2 kids have worn it for years in the UK and abroad and never got even the slightest bit burnt. I used to use name brands and this much better!

    • Claire C.

      I like Avon ones too - also Asda & soltan I go for the one in offer tbh xx

    • Carla S.

      I bought Avon last year factor 50 and burnt and blistered would never use it again

  • Amanda J.

    I ve got a variety got 3 lots from Aldi :thumbsup::thumbsup:

  • Nicola H.

    I have always used Aldi sun cream. It has the 5* rating on the back of the bottle whereas other leading brands only have 3*

  • Fiona B.

    Aldi is really good, my little boy has bad eczema and the kids sensitive one has been great :thumbsup:

  • Judi G.

    I always use Nivea, I have sun sensitive skin and really helps

  • Heidi W.

    We took 3 bottles of the spray aldi factor 50 to morocco a couple of years ago and everyone used it, none of us burnt despite the heat. Amazing and also affordable

  • Julie S.

    I've got factor 50 it's a good price gunna nip and get factor 30 as well xx

  • Natalie B.

    My mum's skin cancer consultant has advised her to only use Aldi's sunscreen as it has the best sun protection. Aldi all the way for me!!! :sunny::sunny:

  • Jaqui M.

    I think Il get some of that to go away xx

  • Heather S.

    I always use that on kids I use the same I have used Asda before and been ok x

  • Jackie M.

    The say Aldi Ones really gd

  • Natalie P.

    Surely trading standards means they have to provide what they state?

  • Elaine C.

    Brilliant that's my shopping list sorted next i am I'm in cavan. Thanks

  • Sarah F.

    Yes i use aldi lacura range for the last couple og years. Amazing value for money and has a higher uva rating than some branded ones. X

  • Melissa T.

    Amazing. Thanks :smiley:. Aldi looks good x

  • Stacey F.

    I've got 2 factor 50's from Avon and will get the rest from Aldi - they do a few different ones now - sprays, lotions and aerosol ones too xx

  • Stacey F.

    Yep sure I saw them last time I went Aldi xx

  • Chloe F.

    Oh fancy, I'm guna buy Aldi ones! Xx

  • Stacey F.

    We get a mixture of Aldi and Avon. Don't need to buy much more - last year's should still be in date xx

  • Clair B.

    Aldi :thumbsup_tone1::thumbsup_tone1::thumbsup_tone1:

  • Natalie W.

    I'm going get Aldi I think then, I remember someone telling me it was good :thumbsup_tone1:x

  • Jenni R.

    The one i use isn't there!

  • Louise L.

    My daughter developed an allergy to sun cream last year, the only one which she has no reaction to is Green People kids organic one.

    • Diana G.

      Is this without chemical, what spf? Thank you.

  • Shelley H.

    Thanks love the Aldi one sounds good! Xx

  • Diana G.

    Any one can suggest a sun cream that has natural ingredients appropriate for young children without chemicals ? All the aforementioned are general use sun creams.

  • Hayley W.

    We use piz buin 1 day spf 30 and malibu once daily spf 30 and 50 for all of our children and have done for years. We reapply when necessary throughout the day when abroad but these are fab. The boys have skin that turns brown and my daughter is as white as milk but does tan slowly and these seem to suit the whole family

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