Q Is that $40 sun­screen any bet­ter than a $15 one? DN

Men's Health (Australia) - - Ed’s Letter -

Not if sim­ply block­ing rays is your goal. It’s fine to go cheap on sun­screen, es­pe­cially if it means you’ll use more of it and reap­ply reg­u­larly, which is cru­cial. If you want more from your sun­screen – like eas­ier ap­pli­ca­tion or an­tiox­i­dants for skin re­pair – that’s where costs can creep up. “The price may have to do with packaging, mar­ket­ing and pos­si­bly the ac­tive in­gre­di­ents,” says der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Ad­nan Nasir. Just make sure your sun­screen is wa­ter­proof and broad-spec­trum, mean­ing it pro­tects you from UVA and UVB rays, he says. Ex­perts rec­om­mend a min­i­mum of 30 SPF, but it’s never a bad idea to go higher. That’s be­cause more than 40 per cent of the sun­screens tested by Con­sumer Re­ports came in be­low the SPF on the la­bel. One brand MH likes: Lit­tle Urchin nat­u­ral sun­screen (lit­tleurchin.com.au).

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