Sun creams, the worst brands revealed by tests

Sun creams, the worst brands revealed by tests
Sun creams, the worst brands revealed by tests

Whether it’s summer or winter, the sun creams are essential for skin care.

For some years in Italy the mania for skincare, thanks also to the entry of a skincare tradition from South Korea. The sunscreen, the last stage of the skincare routine, should be put under the make-up, so as to have a double protection (especially if it is usual to use a foundation with protection from the sun’s rays).

At the seaside, it often happens to see many people spread suntan oils, beer or olive oil on their skin. Well, none of these products protect you from the sun’s rays. The benefits of sun exposure are many, but you should always have a filter between the skin and direct light.

There are different types of solar rays and therefore also exist different types of sun creams. But when does sunscreen have the potential to be more harmful than the sun? Here comes a search on 16 brands compared, which established which are the best (no toxic substances) and which are the worst.

A ranking of sun creams for every skin type and radius

If you have ever approached a sunscreen stand you will surely have noticed that each brand and each package has a different caption. There is no complete and effective protection for everyone, you have to take into account your skin and the ingredients inside the sunscreen.

First of all, let’s learn to read the labels and recognize the most preforming ingredients and filters for our complexion. There are three abbreviations of solar rays present in creams, oils and sprays: UV rays, UVB rays, UVC rays. Let’s see them in detail:

  • i UVB rays they are the ones that make you tan, but they can also cause damage to the skin, such as rashes, sunburns and burns;
  • i UVA rays they are even worse and can, in addition to causing skin aging, wrinkles and blemishes, be the cause of an increased risk of skin cancers.
  • i UVC rays they are shielded from the ozone layer.

A sunscreen must therefore have filters to protect from both types of sunlight. There are two types of filters: chemical and physical. Chemical filters are the most critically targeted because they penetrate the skin and remain in the bloodstream for at least 24 hours. This is why it is always better to prefer physical filters such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. They have complex names, but they are, even according to theEuropean Food Safety Authority, the best filters currently in use. Only advice: do not inhale titanium dioxide, so avoid spray creams that contain it, because it is toxic when inhaled (and only in that case).

Finally, we see the European classification of SPF, Sun Protection Factor:

  • SPF 6 to 10 is considered low; below that threshold it does not protect against UVB solar radiation;
  • SPF from 15-25 is average;
  • SPF from 30-50 is high;
  • SPF 50+ is very high and almost completely protects our skin. “Almost” because no type of filter, not even a dress, is able to completely protect against radiation.

The ranking of the best and worst sunscreens on the market

Now that we have introduced the topic and explained the difference in radiation and the protections to be used, let’s find out the ranking of sunscreens.

At the bottom of the ranking of Life buoy we find:

  • Clinians protective milk;
  • Bilboa sun milk lip balm;
  • Leocrema moisturizing protective milk;
  • Dermolab high protection sunscreen.

While the ranking of the magazine Eco-Test puts in the last positions:

  • Garnier Ambre Solaire
  • Piz Buin
  • Cetaphil

In these creams, all, or almost all, of those ingredients considered were found toxic under certain circumstances. Here is the list of ingredients to consider when buying a sunscreen (read the product label carefully to find them):

  • substances such as fragrances, perfumes or preservatives such as benzyl alcohol;
  • peg (substances that can make the skin permeable to external substances);
  • phenoxyethanol;
  • triethanolamine;
  • beheneth-25 and ceteareth-20, which may release dioxane residues;
  • hydroxyacetophenone and Edta are instead harmful substances for aquatic organisms.

Let’s see which are the best brands of sunscreen:

  • Collistar products, suitable for sensitive skin;
  • Sun Secure Brume by SVR is a cream with a biodegradable formulation that protects from the sun and respects the marine environment, a perfect combo;
  • Clarins Dry Touch Face Sun Cream SPF 50+, as the name implies, is anti-shine, so it allows you to have an excellent base under your make-up;
  • Sunleÿa GE Soin solaire global anti-age SPF 50+ by Sisley is instead perfect for fighting skin aging.

Further tips for healthy skin even in summer

Wear sunscreen it is an obligation to our skin, we just have to learn to read the label and stay away from brands that prefer money to health. We must in fact remember that in Europe sun creams are included in the category of cosmetics and not medical products. A category that makes them very controlled, but that passes the idea that sunscreen is an optional. It is not.

The first piece of advice is to wear a sunscreen and there is no doubt about this. The other rules:

  • avoid sprays;
  • avoid dust;
  • apply the cream more than once a day, at least every two hours, especially during the hottest hours;
  • never go under a protection of at least 15 SPF.

And now everyone to the sea, to the mountains or to the market to shop, but always with sunscreen on their noses.

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