Stiftung Warentest tests sunscreens with high SPF: two expensive products fall to the water

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It should not be missing in any suitcase when it goes south: sunscreen. Stiftung Warentest tested 19 products that promise a strong impact – with a clear winner.

Let the sun shine on your stomach and enjoy a relaxed holiday: during the summer months, many people will be drawn to the beaches of Italy, Croatia or further in the Canary Islands. In addition, long-haul travel and countless hours of flying far outweigh the long-awaited vacation in turquoise blue water. First and foremost, children's skin and the sensitive skin of adults need to be above all else: an extremely effective sunscreen that protects the skin from harmful UV rays.

SPF 30 to 50+ – these products offer what they promise

The consumer organization Stiftung Warentest regularly tests the effectiveness of sunscreens. In her last test, she examined 19 products with a high sun protection factor of 30 to 50+They have been tested primarily for their protective effect against UVA and UVB rays. Critical ingredients, workability, consistency and moisturizing properties were also taken into account in the test.

Convince almost all products, as reported by Stiftung Warentest – eleven of them are awarded the ranking "good", six sunscreens even the best "very good". The following sunscreens and sprays are among the winners of the comparison between Stiftung Warentest and are partly extremely cheap.:

  • Sundance Sun Milk LSF 30 (very good – 1,3, cost of 100 ml: 1,23 euros)
  • Aldi Ombra Sun ultra sensitive sunscreen LSF 30 (very good – 1.4, cost of 100 ml: 3.90 euros)
  • Edeka Elkos Sun Sun Milk LSF 30 (very good – 1,4, cost of 100 ml: 1,10 Euro)
  • Jean & Len Sunspray Sensitive LSF 50 (very good – 1.4, cost of 100 ml: 5.20 euros)
  • Rossmann Sunozon Sun Milk LSF 50 (very good – 1.4, cost of 100 ml: 1.63 euros)
  • Lavera Sensitive Sun Cream LSF 30 (good – 2.1, cost of 100 ml: 10 euros)

Read also: Sensitive sunscreens at Öko-Test: most products are so badly cut,

Losers: two expensive sunscreens are "deficient"

But there are also losers among the products tested. For example, the two expensive products "Rituals Milk Protection Sun Karma Sun Protection Spray" and Speick's "Sun Sunscreen" performed poorly with the "mediocre" rating.because they do not offer protection from the dangerous UV rays that they promise. The product Rituals also contains the critical fragrance Lilial. This is believed to alter the human genetic material and thus to develop a carcinogenic effect.

Investigation on the subject

Click here for Stiftung Warentest's latest sunscreen test: Among the four cheap products cut the best.


Skin cancer – the underestimated risk

Sunbathing on a sun lounger
Sunbathers on the beach, sun drivers or construction workers working under the hot sun of midday, they are all exposed to UV radiation, the main risk of skin cancer. Cancers are still on the rise in Germany. Barmer GEK's medical report released Tuesday confirms that: in 2012, about 1.56 million people were suffering from cancer – and the trend is on the rise. © dpa-MZV
skin cancer
How many new cases are there? According to the Barmer Report, every year in Germany, more than 200,000 people are diagnosed with skin cancer. The German Agency for the Fight Against Cancer even predicts about 234,000 new cases each year. More than 20,000 diagnoses alone concern the dangerous "black" skin cancer. © dpa-MZV
Black skin cancer
What types of skin cancer are there? The most dangerous form is malignant melanoma, called black skin cancer. It can spread quickly through the lymphatic system or through the bloodstream in the body. © dpa
skin cancer
The so-called skin cancer, which includes basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, is much more common, but rarely metastasized. The signs are a slight keratinization of the skin, especially in places particularly exposed to the sun, such as the face and neck. © dpa
skin cancer screening
According to the Federal Statistical Office, 2,875 people died of black skin cancer in 2012. According to experts, the prognoses are relatively inexpensive: 97.3% of men and 97.5 % of women live another two years after the first diagnosis. With bright skin cancer, the prognosis is even more favorable. Basically, if skin cancer is detected early, there is a good chance of healing. © dpa
UV radiation of the sun
What factors promote training? The main risk factor is the sun's UV radiation, which can damage the skin and cause cancer. In addition, the artificial UV light of solariums increases the risk of skin cancer, which is why, for example, the German Cancer Care Association advises against going to the solarium. According to the independent institute IQWiG, in addition to UV rays, the genome mainly influences the fact that a person is sick. © dpa
Sun in the mountains
What are the other risk factors? People with fair skin are at higher risk than those with darker skin. More frequent and severe sunburns, especially during childhood, increase the risk, as well as the number of birthmarks and liver spots. If someone has a case of skin cancer in their own family, this can increase their risk. In addition, certain chemicals and medications can promote skin cancer. Last but not least, the risk of skin cancer increases with age. Obs
Can minors go to the solarium? No. Since 2009, the use of sun loungers is prohibited to those under 18 years old. In 2012, regulations concerning tanning salon operators were further tightened. Among other things, a minimum distance for lamps applies. The staff must also advise each client. © dpa
Recognize skin cancer?
How can I recognize skin cancer? You have to pay attention to the visible skin areas. Black melanomas, for example, may be in very different forms. For example, they can be asymmetrical, have a fringed edge, fade or enlarge. Suspicious spots should be clarified with the family doctor or dermatologist. © dpa
Is there a screening test? Yes. From the age of 35, insured persons can be examined every two years. Skin cancer screening pays for the coffers. © dpa mm
bronzing cream
How can I prevent skin cancer in general? The most important thing is to have good sun protection with appropriate clothing, hats and sunscreen with a high SPF to protect against sunburn. © dpa
Under the parasol
In the summer, it is best to stay in the shade, especially at lunch time and in the early afternoon. As a precaution, experts recommend food and nutritional supplements that are promoted to prevent skin cancer. There is no reliable scientific evidence on this subject. © dpa-MZV