Sun seekers, we’ve got some very good news for you – effectively shielding yourself from harmful rays could be even more affordable than you might think.
According to new research from consumer watchdog Which?, there are a selection of supermarket sun creams on the shelves that are just as good at protecting your skin from harmful rays as much more expensive brands, with prices starting from less than £3.
Which? put bottles from stores including Asda, Lidl, Morrisons, Tesco and Aldi through their paces alongside a number of pricier products, and found that they all lived up to their SPF 30 and UVA protection claims.
The two cheapest products to pass the tests were Asda’s Protect Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF 30, and Aldi’s Lacura Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF 30. Both retail for £2.39, and offered the same levels of protection as household names such as Nivea, Piz Buin and Hawaiian Tropic, which typically sell for between £7-£9.
Explaining the outcome of the research, Nikki Stopford, Which?’s director of research and publishing, told The Sun: ‘Our findings show that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on sunscreens to get the best protection.
‘It’s encouraging that the brands we tested appear to have upped their game since we started carrying out our rigorous tests – with all the sunscreens we tested for SPF and UVA passing this year.’
In order to ensure that your sun protection is effective, The British Skin Foundation advises always choosing a suncream with a minimum of SPF 30. ‘Look for a four or ideally five star UVA rating on the bottle which will help protect from UVA radiation, associated with skin ageing,’ they add.
‘Skin needs time to absorb sunscreen, so apply generously about 20 to 30 minutes before going out. Reapply frequently at least every two hours, as it can come off when sweating or through rubbing.’