Two popular sunscreens – “Kids Protect & Care” by Nivea and “Ambre Solaire Clear Protect” by Garnier – do not offer the protection they advertise. Which ? has warned.
The British watchdog labeled the two products “Do Not Buy” after testing the SPF and UVA performance of 15 brand and own-brand adult (SPF30) and children’s (SPF50) lotions.
SPF – or “sun protection factor” – is a measure of a product’s protection against harmful UVB rays that cause sunburn, premature skin aging, and cancer.
According to Which ?, repeated testing of Nivea’s “Kids Protect & Care” did not respond to the SPF50 + claim advertised on its bottle.
And while passing its SPF test, Garnier’s “Ambre Solaire Clear Protect” narrowly failed two tests to see if it offered its advertised level of UVA protection.
Like UVB rays, UVA rays can also cause skin aging and cancer. Unlike their counterpart, however, they are also able to penetrate glass.
Among the other products tested, the cheapest were Asda’s Protect Cooling Clear Sun Mist and Wilko Suncare Sun Lotion, which sell for £ 3.50 and offer an SPF30.
In the SPF50 range, Boots Soltan Kids Protect & Moisturise Suncare Lotion was the cheapest product tested, selling for just £ 4.
To cover the entire body, the WHO recommends wearing about seven teaspoons of sunscreen 15 minutes before going out, reapplying every two hours.
Two popular sunscreens – “Kids Protect & Care” by Nivea (far right) and “Ambre Solaire Clear Protect” by Garnier (second from left) – do not offer the protection they advertise. ? has warned. Pictured: Five of 15 brand and brand name sunscreens tested by the British Watchdog
“Whether you’re finally going on vacation or staying home this summer, it’s important to stock up on sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful rays,” Which said? editor of Harry Rose magazine.
“But our research shows that consumers cannot always be confident that these essential products will provide the level of protection they expect for themselves and their children,” he added.
It is worrying that two sunscreens from respected brands have failed Which? Tests. We advise consumers not to buy these products. ‘
“There are alternatives available which are both cheaper and perform better when we have tested them,” he concluded.
In their study, Which? researchers put all 15 products – which included, for example, Childs Farm Sun Cream SPF50 + and Boots Soltan Protect & Moisture Spray – to UK standard testing for their advertised levels of UVA and SPF protection.
To test the SPF protection levels of a given sunscreen, the product in question is applied to the backs of at least 10 volunteers who are then exposed to light from a UVB lamp.
The researchers recorded when the skin reddened and the amount of UVB needed with and without sunscreen – the pf difference that gives SPF.
UVA protection, on the other hand, is tested by spreading a thin layer of the chosen sunscreen on a rough glass plate, which is then placed between a UVA light source and a detector in order to measure the amount of radiation absorbed by the sun. lotion.
“To pass the test, it must be at least a third of the SPF”, which one? Explain.
Test SPF ?
Test UVA ?
|Asda Protect Refreshing Clear Sun Mist||SPF30||3,50 £||✓||✓|
|Boots Soltan Kids Protect & Moisturise Suncare Lotion||SPF50+||4,00 £||✓||✓|
|Bottes Soltan Protect & Moisturise Lotion||SPF30||4,00 £||✓||✓|
|Boots Soltan Kids Protect & Moisturise Spray||SPF30||4,50 £||✓||✓|
|Childs Farm Sunscreen||SPF50+||12,00 £||✓||✓|
|Garnier Ambre Solaire Clear Protect Spray||SPF30||7,00 £||✓||✗|
|Garnier Ambre Solaire Kids Sensitive Sun Protection Lotion||SPF50+||7,00 £||✓||✓|
|Garnier Ambre Solaire Protection Lotion||SPF30||5,00 £||✓||✓|
|Hawaiian Tropic Satiny Protection Sun Lotion||SPF30||6,50 £||✓||✓|
|Lloyds Pharmacy Solero Moisturizing Sun Spray||SPF30||7,00 £||✓||✓|
|Nivea Kids Protect & Care Spray||SPF50+||6,00 £||✗||✓|
|Lotion Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture||SPF30||6,00 £||✓||✓|
|Spray Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture||SPF30||6,00 £||✓||✓|
|Superdrug Solait Moisturizing Sun Milk||SPF30||4,99 £||✓||✓|
|Sun Milk Wilko Suncare||SPF30||3,50 £||✓||✓|
To cover the entire body, the World Health Organization recommends applying about seven teaspoons of sunscreen 15 minutes before going out.
In response to which? findings, a spokesperson for Nivea owner Beiersdorf said the safety of their products was of “the utmost importance”.
“Nivea Sun takes pride in decades of sun care experience and is dedicated to developing products that reliably and effectively protect against sun damage. “
“When this product was independently tested in 2019, it achieved an SPF of 62. When we rechecked this lot, the result was a UVA protection factor of 25.8. “
“Based on this data and our comprehensive quality requirements, we do not agree with the Which? conclusions ”, they concluded.
A spokesperson for Garnier Ambre Solaire maker L’Oréal, meanwhile, said they are also challenging the findings of Which? – adding that independent tests have shown that their product offers the advertised UVA protection and meets all applicable standards.
‘Garnier Ambre Solaire has been the expert in solar innovation for over 85 years and is the only sun care brand whose research is recognized by the British Skin Foundation. We take the effectiveness of the products very seriously, ”they added.
“Our UVA claims are supported by robust sun protection tests independently performed according to ISO ISO 24443: 2012 and meet the requirements of the European recommendation for sun protection products. “
“In view of this, we are very surprised by which? results and requested a meeting with which? researchers so that our scientists can present to them the results of our tests which confirm the effectiveness of this product. ‘
HOW TO STAY SAFE IN THE SUN
Sunburn increases a person’s risk of skin cancer.
This can happen abroad or in the UK.
To stay safe in the sun, experts recommend that people:
- Look for shade between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the sun’s rays are usually strongest
- Wear at least SPF 30 sunscreen
- Apply sunscreen 30 minutes, and again just before UV exposure
- Opt for water-resistant sunscreen if needed and reapply after swimming, sweating, or using a towel
- Cover yourself with protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses
- Be very careful with babies and young children. Infants under six months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight
- Do not use sun loungers or solar lights
- Check moles and skin for any changes
Source: NHS Choice