The 9 sunscreens in New Zealand that fail to live up to their protection claims

Publish Date
Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 11:07AM
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Photo / Getty Images

We've heard it all before! The brave and foolish of us ignore it, the smart rock and roll it all over the body because being a lobster is not what you had in mind life.

Sunscreen, gods answer to ensuring human beings don't cook like a Sunday roast pork! 

But what if the slop wasn't actually protecting you?

Our beautiful wee country can be a stunner in Summer, but with that, it brings melanoma cancer rates that are among the world's worst.

And worryingly, almost half of sunscreens available to Kiwis are failing to live up to efficacy claims.

Consumer NZ has found that out of the 19 sunscreens tested only ten met their SPF label claims.

As a result of the test two 'natural' sunscreens, which only provided low protection, have been removed from sale, these being Pure Blend Sunscreen SPF15++ and Pure South 100% Natural Sunscreen.

So before you slap it on this summer, get in the know for which sunscreens to buy and which ones not to...

PRODUCTS THAT MET CLAIMS FOR SPF PROTECTION AND BROAD SPECTRUM:

  • Cetaphil Suntivity Oily Skin Ultra-light Lotion SPF50+
  • Daylong Suntivity Liposomal Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+
  • Smart365 Sun Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+
  • Invisible Zinc Face + Body Sunscreen SPF50
  • Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen SPF50
  • Surf Life Saving Sunscreen Lotion SPF50
  • Le Tan Coconut Oil Sunscreen SPF30+
  • Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen SPF30+
  • Oasis Sun Sensitive Skin Family Sunscreen SPF30
  • Skinnies Sungel SPF30

PRODUCTS THAT DO NOT MEET ALL CLAIMS FOR SPF PROTECTION AS WELL AS BROAD SPECTRUM (LISTED FROM BEST TO WORST):

  1. Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture Moisturising Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+
  2. Sungard Moisturising Sunscreen SPF50+
  3. Banana Boat EveryDay SPF50+
  4. Cancer Society Everyday SPF50+
  5. Natural Instinct Invisible Natural Sunscreen SPF30
  6. Snowberry Family+ Sunscreen SPF30
  7. Badger Active Unscented Broad Spectrum Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream SPF30
  8. Pure South 100% Natural Sunscreen
  9. Pure Blend Sunscreen SPF15++