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

This Year's '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.

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?:

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 theNHS "Sun Safety for Children" Advice Page.

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  • 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.

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          • 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

                      • Kayleigh D.

                        I know think we need to go more :joy:xxx

                      • 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

                          • Stacy R.

                            It's normally Avon and Boots I think.

                            • Stacy R.

                              Actually just clicked the link and seen that Avon is named and Boots passed, should probably have read it first haha

                              • Sophie C.

                                I checked the other day, there was only one "don't buy" and it was a Hawaiian tropic one, can't remember exactly which one but it def wasn't a kids one x

                              • Michelle R.

                                Nooo I've bought Avon for our holidays

                                • 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.

                                      • 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!!

                                        • 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