Thursday 23 November 2017

Sunscreen from Aldi found to 'live up to its claims' in sun protection factor test - and it's only €3.49

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Independent.ie Newsdesk

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A €3.49 sunscreen from Aldi has been found to "live up to its claims" in a sun protection factor test.

The 200ml bottle of Aldi's Lacura Suncare Spray SPF30 was the cheapest sunscreen to pass the Which? sun protection factor test.

Tesco's Soleil Light Lotion SPF30 200ml also lived up to the test, which was carried out in Britain, costing around €5.

Two other sunscreens that passed the test and retail around the €5 mark are Superdrug's Solait Lotion SPF30 200ml and Malibu's Protective Lotion SPF30 200ml.

However, the test showed that cost plays no factor in the effectiveness of sun protection products, with Avon's Sun+Multi Protection Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF30 150ml, which retails for €11.70, being the only product to fail the test.

Avon told Which? that it was "confident" that its own testing followed internationally recognised protocols and was conducted by external laboratories with specific expertise.

Which? assessed 14 sunscreen products from both international and high street own-brands.

Which? magazine editor Richard Headland said: "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."

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