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Cheap sun creams do better in the test at Stiftung Warentest than expensive sunscreens. Of the 20 products tested, the discounter brands had the best results. Accordingly, it is necessary to access expensive brands for sun protection.
Expensive products are not always worthwhile If you want to enjoy your vacation to the fullest, you should not forget the sunscreen. Because a painful sunburn not only spoils the relaxed mood but also increases the risk of skin cancer. Stiftung Warentest therefore recommends a sun protection factor of at least 30. Sunscreens should always be applied generously for optimal protection. With the right dosage, the sunscreen only lasts about three days. A price and quality comparison is worthwhile in any case.
According to Stiftung Warentest, the discounter brands from dm, Lidl and Müller were particularly convincing. They scored 1.7 and are thus test winners. Their price of 1.20 to 2.25 euros is also convincing. The second most expensive products from Avon and eco for EUR 18.70 were rated "poor".
Fragrances in sunscreens can trigger allergies. Only in allergy sufferers could certain ingredients cause irritation.
Ökotest also regularly checks sunscreens. As early as 2010, consumer advocates noticed that many product manufacturers use mineral filter substances. According to the experts, these substances could have a similar effect to hormones. The manufacturers are only obliged to show this substance in the ingredients on the packaging from 2013 onwards. Fragrances are also regularly negatively assessed in the investigation by Ökotest. They could cause allergies and thus cause skin irritation in sensitive people. Ökotest advises consumers to switch to natural cosmetics if possible. (ag)
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