Which Sunscreens Measure Up?
13 Dec 2019
Consumer NZ tested 20 sunscreens to assess whether they met their SPF (sun protection factor) and broad-spectrum protection claims.
Nine products didn’t meet the SPF claimed on the label:
- Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+ A Touch of Mango and Papaya
- Invisible Zinc Face + Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF50
- Natio Suncare Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF50+
- Frankie Apothecary Natural Sunscreen + Kawakawa and Antioxidant SPF50
- MooGoo Natural Sunscreen SPF40
- Cancer Society Everyday Sun Lotion SPF50+
- Marine Blue Australia Dry Touch Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+
- Sunsense Ultra SPF50+
- Banana Boat Dry Balance Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+
REMEMBER: a sunscreen is only one part of your defence against UV radiation. You should also cover up with suitable clothing, a broad-brimmed hat and UV-protective sunglasses. When the sun’s rays are most intense (between 10am and 4pm September to April or when the ultraviolet index (UVI) is greater than three), limit your time in the sun.