This £1.99 sunscreen provides better protection than the leading brands

Whether you’re soaking up the sun on a far-flung beach or topping up your tan in the garden over the bank holiday, you probably already know the importance of protecting your skin with a sun cream that really delivers.

What you may not know, however, is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get your hands on that product.

Aldi Lacura sun cream
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According to a consumer survey conducted by Channel 5’s Shop Smart: Save Money, Aldi’s £1.99 Lacura sun cream is the cheapest bottle on the market that offers 5-star protection against UVAs.

The star rating on a sun cream is important because it measures the amount of ultraviolet A radiation (UVA) protection. According to the NHS, you should see a star rating of up to 5 stars on UK sunscreens, and the higher the star rating, the better.

Shop Smart: Save Money highlighted that the Lacura formula performs better than leading (not to mention more expensive) household names such as Piz Buin and Nivea Sun, both of which were shown to have 4-star ratings. Garnier Ambre Solaire, meanwhile, has a 3-star rating.

Aldi Lacura sun cream

Lacura SPF30 Moisturising Sun Lotion, £1.99, Aldi

Along with Boots Soltan, which retails for £4, and Superdrug’s £4.99 Solait, Lacura was found to be one of the top three sun creams in the shops by the show. But after testing supervised by Mark Birch-Machin, a Professor of Molecular Dermatology at Newcastle University, it was shown that all three offer the same standard of protection against UV rays.

Of course, it’s up to you which sun cream you prefer – from the way they absorb into the skin to their fragrance, there’s always a variation.

Aldi Lacura sun cream
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But if all you want is assurance that your skin is safely shielded from the sun, Lacura looks to be the most affordable option – meaning that you’ll have more money leftover for poolside cocktails or burgers for the barbecue. Result!