As soon as the sun begins to shine, our minds immediately turn to stocking up on SPF – but with so many factors, formulas and finishes on the shelves, it can be difficult to know which bottle is best for our needs.
However, the recent Annual Sunscreen Guide from American magazine Consumer Reports has concluded that La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Comfort Cream is the sun cream to use this season, by awarding it an 100% perfect score for the fourth year running.
La Roche-Posay’s fragrance free offering, which sells for £16.50, is suitable for skin that is ‘prone to sensitivity, sun-intolerance or prickly-heat. It sinks into skin quickly and provides UVA, UVB and Infrared protection that is also water resistant.
According to the Daily Mail Australia, it’s thought that the secret to the product’s success may lie in the inclusion of avobenzone, a chemical which has been found to be more successful at blocking damaging rays than mineral sunscreens containing zinc oxide.
Reviewers who are already fans of the product praise its simple packaging and effective formula, with one writing: ‘I usually hate applying sunscreen, and it’s always a chore. I’m currently on holiday and the this suncream has been excellent! The tube makes it really easy to get the cream out, and the cream itself sinks in to the skin so easily, leaving no residue or stickiness!’
‘Product is super absorbant, non-greasy and also non-perfumed which is always a bonus,’ another agreed. ‘No streaky marks on application.’
Worryingly, Consumer Reports concluded that ‘of the 73 lotions, sprays, sticks, and lip balms in our ratings this year, 24 tested at less than half their labelled SPF number.’
‘Missing the mark could mean that you’re not adequately shielding your skin,’ they note. ‘An SPF 50, say, that tests at less than half its labeled SPF delivers and SPF 24 at the most, and sometimes far less.’
Yet another reason why it’s worth picking a sun protection product that’s tried, tested and proven…