These are the sunscreens that don't meet their SPF claims

NZ 07/12/2020

With summer upon us, its important to slip slop slap and wrap. But a recent report from Consumer NZ and the Ministry of Health has found not all sunscreens are meeting their SPF (sun protection factor) claims.

"Slopping on sunscreen can help protect you from the harsh summer sun. The sun exposes you to two types of UV rays – UVA and UVB. UVA penetrates deeply into the skin and can cause wrinkles and age spots. UVB causes skin reddening and is the main cause of sunburn. Both rays can cause skin cancer." the report says

"In our latest round of testing, we checked 10 sunscreens to assess whether they met their SPF (sun protection factor) and broad-spectrum protection claims."

Here are the 5 sunscreens from the test that meet the SPF rating and 5 that don't...

Met Their SPF-50 Claims...

  • Cancer Society Everyday SPF50+
  • Cetaphil Sun Kids Liposomal Lotion SPF50+
  • Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Superscreen SPF50+
  • Skinnies Conquer with Manuka Oil Sports Sunscreen SPF50+
  • Nivea Sun Sensitive Protect SPF50

Didn't Meet Their SPF-50 Claims...

  • Le Tan Coconut Lotion SPF50+
  • Banana Boat Daily Protect Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+
  • Sukin Suncare Sheer Touch Facial Sunscreen Untinted SPF30
  • Natural Instinct Invisible Natural Sunscreen SPF30
  • Ecosol Water Shield Sunscreen SPF50+

For more info head to the Consumer NZ website here.