Three big brand sun creams fail Which? SPF testsStrict tests also reveal seven Best Buy sun creams
16 May 2014
The latest research from Which? has uncovered sun creams from three popular brands which failed to offer the level of protection claimed on the bottle.
Using strict British Standard tests, Which? tested 15 sun creams that claim to have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30. Three products twice failed our tests: Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Lotion SPF30 200ml, Piz Buin Ultra Light Dry Touch Sun Fluid SPF30 150ml and Malibu Protective Lotion SPF30 200ml.
Twelve sun creams passed our rigorous series of tests, with seven of these being named Best Buys. Which? members can log in now to see our full results – and which sun creams we’ve rated as Best Buys – by visiting our sun creams review.
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Sun creams that failed Which? tests
Which? used British Standard tests to assess the SPF and UVA protection provided by 15 sun creams. If a product failed either test, we retested a second batch.
Our video, below, will show you more about the Don't Buy sun creams that failed our tests.
Two sun creams, Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Lotion SPF30 200ml and Piz Buin Ultra Light Dry Touch Sun Fluid SPF30 150ml, twice failed our SPF test. A third sun cream, Malibu Protective Lotion SPF30 200ml, twice failed both our SPF and UVA tests.
We don’t think you can rely on products that twice failed our tests to provide the level of protection you’d expect, so we’ve named them Don’t Buys.
Want to see our tests in action? Click to find out how we test sun creams.
We contacted the manufacturers of all three products with our results. Each told us that they conduct testing at independent laboratories and are confident their products meet the labelled SPF and UVA claims.
Best Buy sun creams
As well as testing the SPF and UVA protection of each sun cream, we asked a panel of testers to assess how easy each sun cream was to get out of the bottle and how it felt, looked and smelled on the skin. Seven of the sun creams which passed the SPF and UVA tests scored highly for application, earning Best Buy status.
Our Best Buys not only offer the protection they claim, they’ll feel great on your skin, too. And the best products don’t have to be expensive – three of our Best Buys are amongst the cheapest sun creams we tested.