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Sunscreen at Stiftung Warentest – cheaper UV protection often better

Summer, sun, sunburn – to prevent the latter, the skin must be protected from harmful UV rays. Sun creams and the like are now available in every price range, but does expensive equal better? No, as a study by “Stiftung Warentest” shows. Brand-name products fared significantly worse than private labels from drugstores.

If you want to protect your skin in the summer, you’ll have to dig deep into your pockets. Because sun cream, lotion or spray from popular beauty brands can be quite expensive. Even if the packaging of expensive brand-name products looks better and they boast extras such as shimmer particles or a great scent, they are often not that good when it comes to their protective performance. In a recent study by Stiftung Warentest, inexpensive sun creams scored best. Of 17 tested means with a high to very high sun protection factor (30 to 50+) four products received the best mark "Very good". This judges the foundation in the magazine "test" (issue 07/21).

Low-priced sun creams scored best in Stiftung Warentest tests

The cheapest sunscreens came out on top. Sundance Sensitiv sun balm from Dm (SPF 30), sun milk from Sun D’Or (SPF 50), Lavozon sun milk from Müller (SPF 30) and Sunozon sun spray from Rossmann (SPF 30). According to Stiftung Warentest, these sun creams reliably protect against UV radiation and also moisturize the skin very well. They cost between 2.45 and 4.30 euros per 200-milliliter bottle.

The most expensive sunscreen failed with "poor".

By way of comparison, the other 13 products in the test cost between around 7.50 and more than 30 euros for the same amount! The most expensive product in the test, 200 milliliters of which cost 42 euros, failed. The sunscreen was rated by Stiftung Warentest, like two other products, with a "Poor" because it does not offer the promised UV protection according to analysis.

Nevertheless, the majority of sun creams protect very well, according to Stiftung Warentest. In addition to the four best, the testers gave nine products the grade "Good", one cream was "Satisfactory". So instead of buying an expensive sunscreen from your favorite brand, it’s better to buy a drugstore product – and invest the money you save in a caring after-sun product. This is almost as important as the sunscreen itself, because it cares for stressed skin after sunbathing and helps it to regenerate.

With material from dpa