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