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.
Which Sun Cream Should I Avoid?
The one that Which? have named in 20, in 2017 as the 'Don't Buy' was 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. This hasn't been tested again for 2018. Avon have changed the packaging slightly, and dropped the price this year to just £5, but there's no indication that the formula of the Lotion is different.
Which Sun Cream Should I Buy?
One of the best Sun Creams that passed the SPF test in 2018, and lived up to it's claims was Lidl Cien Sun Lotion Classic SPF30*. At £3.49, 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 15 Factor 30 Sun Creams tested - here are the other 14 that passed the Sun Protection Test carried out by Which?:
- Boots Soltan Protect & Moisturise Spray SPF30 (200ml)* £4
- Asda Protect Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF30* £2.39
- Aldi Lacura Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF30* £1.99
- Hawaiian Tropic Duo Defence SPF30* £9 (BEST BUY)
- Lloyds Solero Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF30* £7
- Morrisons Protect & Nourish Sun Spray SPF30 (200ml)* £3 (BEST BUY)
- Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture Sun Spray SPF30 (300ml)* £6
- Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture Sun Lotion SPF30* £6
- Tesco Soleil Moisturising Sun Protect Lotion SPF30* £3.50
- Piz Buin Ultra Light Hydrating Sun Spray SPF30* £7
- Piz Buin Tan & Protect Tan Intensifying Spray SPF30* £8
- Nivea Protect & Refresh Invisible Cooling Sun Spray SPF30* £6 (BEST BUY)
- Wilko Moisturising Sun Spray SPF30* £3.50
- Lloyds Ultra Sensitive Sun Lotion SPF30* £7
What Factor Sun Cream should I use on my Baby?
The NHS highly recommend that any exposed parts of your Baby/Child's Skin should be covered in Sunscreen to ensure they are protected.
A minimum Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 is vital and the Cream MUST be effective against UVA and UVB. Remember to reapply throughout the day.
If you require further information, you can get it via the NHS "Sun Safety for Children" Advice Page.