Using sunscreen has become a vital routine for many. The process is especially important for young children who are particularly sensitive to sunlight. Countless skincare brands have capitalised on this, developing expensive products for their delicate skin.
But are sunscreens less affective then they claim?
New research suggests they are. The French magazine “60 Million Consumers” tested ten high protection sun creams on adults and children.
The results revealed that 6 out of the 10 products did not live up to their protection promise and also contained anti-inflammatory ingredients.
The editor of “60 Million Consumers, Thomas Laurenceau, said: “Because of the anti-inflammatory element, the skin does not redden, you can’t see the sunburn so we think we’re protected when actually we’re not”.
Unlike other consumer companies who test their creams on volunteers, “60 Million Consumers” also carried out its study in a laboratory.
Radiation was transmitted through plastic plates. This allows scientists to look at the amount of radiation that gets through the plates that are coated with sunscreen. The main advantage of this technique is that, unlike the skin, plastic is completely insensitive to the effects of an anti-inflammatory. This makes it possible to identify which of the sunscreen protections were overvalued.
So the results are clear: some creams offer less protection than they advertise.
Creams are important, but many dermatologists say the only really effective protection is to limit the amount of time spent in the sun, especially for the little ones.