Sun creams: here are the brands that have failed the protection tests

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Elia Tabuenca García

According to a British research, which tested 15 sunscreen products, the most expensive creams did not prove to be the best at all

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Il Sun it is good for us but if taken recklessly it can become dangerous, cause burns and increase the risk of developing skin cancer. That's why there are sun creams However, if on the one hand they protect us from the harmful effects of UV rays, on the other they often contain sequally harmful chemical substances.

A compromise that is still made in order to protect oneself. Sometimes, however, what is written on the package does not fully reflect reality. One British study has recently revealed that some expensive solar considered "better" actually are not!

THEconsumer association "Which?" as summer approaches wanted to test 15 sun products with SPF 30 including the most used (and expensive) in the UK: Good Piz, Malibu and Tropical Hawaiian. The result was surprising: none of these 3 products considered "best" managed to provide the level of skin protection as promised by the package.

I ricercators they tested the creams on ten volunteers to which the same quantity of each product was spread on a small area of ​​the back then subjected to a solar lamp that replicated the intensity of the sun's rays. Any redness was then checked by comparing it with another test done with the same lamp but without having applied the cream first.

Basically what the comparative study noted is that the more expensive lotions did not provide better protection at all. More specifically all 3 of the aforementioned products have been recognized as having a protective factor of less than 25 and then the Malibu product also fell below the required UVA protection level (the EU recommendation for sunscreens is that they offer a UVA protection factor of one third of their SPF).

At the beginning I was talking about a "compromise" that is often made when choosing to use a non-"green" and sometimes even expensive solar system in order to protect oneself. But is it really worth it at this point? Among other things, the research does not take into consideration the presence of some potentially dangerous and polluting chemicals with which these and other solar products are made. Perhaps it is better then to try some eco-bio product with a good INCI, remembering to sunbathe always and only at the right hours!

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