With the start of the school summer holidays there are already lots of adverts for ‘suncream deals’, plenty of buy one get one free deals, half price offers and comparisons between the leading brands and stores own brands.
A snapshot of the current best deals includes:
- Boots entire Soltan range is half price
- Tesco – “two for £12” on branded cream normally costing £7.50 each
- Morrisons – Nivea at “better than half price
But beware that not all deals are what they seem, but people tend to buy a brand they like and stick with it, so use the above as a guide but let us know if you see any other great deals.
One popular misconception is that a higher SPF guarantees that you have a stronger sunscreen. However, SPF only measures protection against UVB rays, which cause burning. For the best protection, you need to also protect yourself against UVA (aging) rays, which have been linked to skin cancers as well as wrinkles and other signs of sun damage.
Another myth is that using a sunscreen with twice the SPF gives you double the amount of sun protection. Actually, a sunscreen with SPF 30 only gives you 4 percent more UVB (burn) protection than one with SPF 15. One study showed that people who reapplied an SPF 15 sunscreen every three hours were less likely to sunburn than those who used an SPF 30 sunscreen and stayed out all day but didn’t reapply.