Two of the UK's most popular brands of sunscreen lotion do not offer as much sun protection as they claim, according to the consumer organisation, Which?
It is advising consumers not to buy the products, both of which are labelled as sun protection factor (SPF) 30. One of them is made by Boots; the other is sold under the Hawaiian Tropic brand. However, both companies rejected the claims made by Which? and said their sunscreens were fully effective. In the latest copy of its magazine, Which? said that both Soltan Protect and Moisturise Lotion (SP30) and Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion (SP30) offered only two-thirds of the skin protection they should. The SPF figure is designed to measure the amount of protection against harmful ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from the sun - the main cause of sunburn. Both products passed the tests for ultraviolet A (UVA) rays, which are less dangerous, but more prevalent.