Sunscreens we love

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

After the recent sunscreen scare in South Africa, BeautySA has been pretty picky about the sunscreens we’ve been reviewing. First we check where they’ve been manufactured (sunscreens manufactured in the EU have more stringent UVA-protection controls), then if they offer broad-spectrum protection (against both UVA and UVB), and finally if the UVA-protection is one-third of its UVB value. Yes, it gets a bit technical, which is why we’ve done all the hard work for you! Over the past few weeks these have become our favourites, and they all comply with our set of regulations.

Sunscreens we love

Nivea Sun Invisible Protection Transparent Spray

Sun protection factor: 50
Size & cost: R139.99
Best for: body and child-friendly
Consistency: quite watery but forms great protective barrier over your skin; a little sticky after application but absorbs into skin fully; it’s 100% invisible as a clear liquid so there’s no white residue
Smell: typical Nivea sunscreen scent, becomes strong (but not overpowering) depending on the amount you use

Tropitone Splash Lotion

Sun protection factor: 20
Size & cost: R54.99
Best for: body and child-friendly
Consistency: medium consistency expected of lotion sunscreens, leaves skin a little shiny but nothing to be embarrassed about; also water resistant
Smell: a hint of Monoi Tahitian coconut oil, but not overwhelmingly so

Garnier Ambre Solaire UV Sensitive

Sun protection factor: 50
Size & cost: R130
Best for: body
Consistency: absorbs into skin almost immediately with no sticky or white residue
Smell: pleasant

Supergoop Antioxidant Infused Sunscreen

Sun protection factor: 40
Size & cost: R160
Best for: body and face
Consistency: light and easily absorbed
Smell: slightly different than other sunscreens, but barely noticeable

Skin Medica Daily Defense Sunscreen

Sun protection factor: 30
Size & cost: R585
Best for: face
Consistency: medium consistency expected of lotion sunscreens, easily absorbed, feels like a night cream
Smell: fragrance free

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Flower Bomb

    Nivea Sun Invisible Protection Transparent Spray absolute favourite it’s a must during summer …I also love applying it at night works wonders

    2 months ago •

  1. Tamy Botha

    I am always struggling to get a proper sunscreen for my sensitive skin. If I put sunscreen on and go in the sun I get a itchy breakout! Any advice?

    5 months ago •

  1. Fouzia Damon

    Nivea Sun Invisible Protection Transparent

    This is my go to sunscreen for winter and summer our whole family uses it ;its cost effective and does the job !

    1 year ago •

  1. Lyndall Moses Moses

    I love any Nivea suncare product for my baby. She has sensitive skin and I have not had any problems with the Nivea suncare range

    2 years ago •

  1. RoseAngel

    I love my skin ceuticals SPF 50 broad spectrum sunscreen with universal tint. It doesn’t have that white or blue ickyness that I have experienced with other products. iI is not greasy and will not clog pores. It is non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic.

    5 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    My favourite would have to be Nivea!

    5 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    I have always loved Nivea. Interesting to see that Garnier has taken over Ambre Solaire. Thank you for the awesome break-down on these different products. helps a lot when making a decision!

    6 years ago •

  1. Gamieldien

    Nivea sunscreens are really great. I have used the face fluid as well as the moisturising sun lotion in spf15 and find them both to be really great on my skin. I have been using Uriage lately though, another fantastic sunscreen!

    6 years ago •

  1. Anne

    Usually use Nivea but will be trying garnier

    6 years ago •

  1. Glamorous Glitter

    I love Reman P20, it’s expensive, but it provides great sun protection and leaves me with an awesome tan!

    7 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    cover up. all the way through summer.

    7 years ago •

  1. Blackcherry

    I prefer the Nivea sun invisible protection

    7 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    I love to use piz buin and ultrasun

    7 years ago •

  1. Bronwyn

    Tropitone also has a factor 30 in strawberry daiquiri, smells gorgeous and has a shimmer in it too!

    7 years ago •

  1. Karin Van Niekerk Behrens

    I can recommend the Justine UltrasunSkincare Active SPF50

    7 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Love the spray! Doesn’t give your skin that grey look

    7 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    I use the Garnier product, would like to try the Nivea

    7 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Love the nivea fluid. I think Garnier is great, made by a skin care brand, so should be good. Bio-derma tinted is one of my favs

    7 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    A sunscreen for R585 that is too pricey

    7 years ago •

  1. Sam

    A definite must for our family fun in the sun

    7 years ago •

  1. Kat

    What’s the Difference between Sunscreen & Sunblock?

    7 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    Tropitone Splash Lotion is a very nice one and water resistant too.

    7 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I wish they could really manage to hide away smell of sunscreen. Maybe I just still didn’t find the right one… but smell really puts me off.

    7 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    I haven’t seen or tried that Garnier one. I will keep my eyes open for it. :)

    7 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Skin Medica is the best but so pricey!!!

    7 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    I’m a big fan of the Nivea sunscreen. Don’t find it sticky for me though.

    7 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    I use the Nivea sunscreen and it is truly invisible.

    7 years ago •

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