Why trust (or not) a cheap sunscreen and which are the best private label


11/06/2021 – 13:31

The latest work of the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) on creams with sun protection factor (SPF) has recognized the product quality of two private labels. Specifically, the lotion Bonté solar milk 30, from Morning, and the protector Sun Med solar milk 30, from Mercadona, which cost 4.74 euros and 4 euros respectively. A very low price when compared to other options on the market.

Why a private label sunscreen can be trusted

That wide price difference casts doubt on cheaper sunscreens, especially as concerns about skin cancer grow. However, all cosmetic products on the market must comply with Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and Council. Thus, to market a sunscreen, laboratories must comply with the sun protection factor (SPF), protection against UVA rays and resistance to water.

So what is the difference in price? Nelson Navarrete, dermatologist oncologist, associate professor at the University of Chile and former president of the country’s Dermatological Society, shared with a local media that the main difference is that the most expensive sunscreens achieve different cosmetic effects such as oil free, moisturizer, with or colorless, transparent, easy to apply and absorb. In addition, some incorporate antioxidants, depigmenting or DNA damage repair substances.

Thus, the conclusion is that private label sunscreens may be whiter in color, spread worse, or have a less attractive scent. However, they protect according to the label.

How to use sun cream to be effective

In addition to buying a good sunscreen, whether expensive or cheap, the key to these types of products is to use them correctly. Thus, the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (AEDV) shared a document with simple tips to ensure good skin protection.

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1. How much cream to apply: you have to be generous with its use and apply about 36gr to cover the body of an adult (about six teaspoons of coffee).

2. How often: the AEDV explains that the correct thing is to apply cream every two hours. In addition, the most appropriate thing is that the first take takes place half an hour before reaching the beach. For example, before leaving home.

3. What about the bathroom: The AEDV says that the products can resist if we stay in the water for a while, but when we rub ourselves with the towel, 80% of the cream is eliminated, something that also happens if the immersion time is very long. Thus, the organization advises to apply cream again after bathing for 20 minutes, even if the purchased cream is ‘water resistant’ or ‘waterproof’. In these last two cases, the protection lasts longer.

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