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Does your sun cream really work? Big brand fails consumer watchdog SPF check

Netdoctor (UK) logo Netdoctor (UK) 2017-05-18 Francesca Rice

Does your sun cream really work? Big brand fails consumer watchdog SPF check © OJO Images / Getty Does your sun cream really work? Big brand fails consumer watchdog SPF check A test of leading brands by consumer watchdog Which? has revealed that one sun cream on sale doesn't offer the protection it's promising – and it's the most expensive product on the list.

Avon's Sun+Multi Protection Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF 30, which at £10 was the priciest product tested, failed the independent test, The Sun reports.

Meanwhile, 13 other SPFs from brands including Nivea and Hawaiian Tropics passed, including own-brand sunscreens from high street and supermarket chains such as Morrisons and Superdrug.

And, in excellent news for those of us who love a bargain (read: all of us), the cheapest bottle on the list also passed: budget supermarket chain Aldi's £2.75 Lacura Suncare Spray SPF30.

All of the sunscreens tested are designed to protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays, both of which damage the skin.

Richard Headland, editor of Which? said of the results: 'Sunscreens are a key part of sun safety so it's important to pick a product you can rely on.

'It's disappointing to see that, although most sunscreens passed our test, one didn't provide the claimed level of protection.

Manufacturers should only be selling products that live up to their claims which is why Which? will continue to monitor and challenge the industry.'

Avon responded to the results with the following statement: 'We have full confidence in our SPF (Sun Protection Factor) testing, which is performed according to internationally recognised, regulatory approved protocols by external laboratories with specific expertise in conducting these kinds of tests.

'We stand by the results of our testing which is performed in accordance with these requirements and shows Avon Sun+ Multi Protection Moisturising Sun Lotion to have SPF30.'

Anyway, must dash – we're off to bulk-buy at Aldi...

Related: Sun Cream Labelling 'confuses Buyers' (Provided by Wochit News)

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