So, Consumer NZ has announced it’s sunscreen testing again and 9 out of 20 do not live up to the ratings on the labels (

SPF ratings are designed to give you an indication of how long you can stay out without reapplying or worse, burning. As well, the higher the SPF rating the greater percentage of protection from UV rays – the percentages go up in small amounts but any extra protection is good.

Here’s our advice:

  • Use a broadspectrum sunscreen – one that protects from both UVA (ageing) and UVB (sunburn) rays. Apply liberally 15-20 minutes before going out (and again if you think you’ve missed some spots)
  • Use SPF 50 or higher
  • Check the use by date – discard if your sunscreen has expired
  • Reapply, according to the instructions, especially if you’ve been sweating or swimming
  • The best protection is shade, clothing, a hat, sunglasses or staying inside
  • Be especially careful to protect babies and young children (check the label to ensure it’s safe to use)
  • Use all year round – not just when the sun’s out
  • We recommend Aspect SPF 50+ – approved under Australia’s strict regulations – Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved: