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This is the best sunscreen in the world, according to new report

Country Living (UK) logo Country Living (UK) 11/07/2018 Katie Avis-Riordan

One of the best ways to protect your skin against the sun’s harmful UV rays is to wear sunscreen. But what makes the most effective sun cream? For your sunscreen to work there need to be filters in the ingredients that block damaging UVA and UVB rays.: This is the best sunscreen in the world © Tom Merton - Getty Images This is the best sunscreen in the world One of the best ways to protect your skin against the sun’s harmful UV rays is to wear sun cream. But what makes the most effective bottled protection?

For your sun cream to work, there need to be filters in the ingredients that block damaging UVA and UVB rays.

According to the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), these filters come in two types – organic and inorganic.

“Organic filters absorb harmful UV radiation and convert and give this energy back out as infrared,” the BAD website states. “These are sometimes known as ‘absorbers’, or ‘chemical’ sunscreens.

“Inorganic filters (also known as ‘physical’, ‘natural’, ‘reflective’, ‘zinc’) contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, which reflect UV radiation away from the skin.”

a close up of a water bottle: sun cream beach © Getty Images sun cream beach So in basic terms, organic filters absorb the UV, while the inorganic reflect it off the skin. 

With more than 100,000 new cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year in the UK, protecting your skin against sun damage is crucial.

The BAD websites reveals that "extensive sun exposure is thought to be responsible for the vast majority of cases – in more than four out of five cases skin cancer is a preventable disease."

sun cream © Getty Images sun cream

The best sunscreen in the world

To help you decide which sunscreen is best to use, the Annual Sunscreen Guide by the Consumer Report has ranked products to find the most effective in the world.

The Consumer Report carries out its sunscreen product reviews by testing more than 70 sunscreen lotions, sprays, sticks, and lip balms, revealing that “you can’t always rely on the sun protection factor (SPF). That number is a measure of protection from ultraviolet B radiation, which is the chief cause of sunburn and a contributor to skin cancer.

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“We also tested for protection against ultraviolet A rays, which tan and age skin, and also trigger skin cancer. We found more than a dozen sunscreens that did well enough against both UVA and UVB to recommend.”

And the winner is La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios SPF 50 Comfort Cream, which has gained a 100% score, four years in a row.

La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios SPF 50 Comfort Cream, £17.48, Amazon © Amazon La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios SPF 50 Comfort Cream, £17.48, Amazon The sunscreen contains the antioxidant, Baicalin, to help anti-ageing, and offers the highest UVA and UVB sun protection.

Related: A dermatologist warns against using this type of sunscreen (provided by Southern Living)

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