Buying SPF on a Budget

Protecting your skin from the sun's harmful rays all year long is important, but SPF can be expensive. Take a look at our tips on buying cheaper SFP.

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SPF - (Sun Protection Factor) indicates the level of UVB rays that causes damage to the skin. Using an SPF daily reduces the risk of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and sunburn. It reduces the risk of melanoma by 50% and helps to prevent the sign of ageing. 

We often reach for sunscreen on holidays and during the summer months, but it’s better to wear an SPF every day of the year. Even on an overcast and cloudy day UVB rays can still damage the skin. 

How do I know which SPF to use?

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Dermatologists recommend that a minimum SPF of 30 is used, but an SPF of 50 is even better according to celebrity skin expert, Scott McGlynn you should ‘keep applying through the day’ too. Children over 6 months old (under 6 months sunscreen is not recommended) should have a minimum of factor 50 applied and SPF can go up to 100.  

How can I save money on SPF?

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A lot of the sunscreens on the market are pricey. But you can save money if you’re savvy (that’s where we can help) and just because a particular brand is cheaper, it doesn’t mean it changes the product's efficacy either. 

Don't forget to:

Use reward points whether it’s supermarket rewards or you have a beauty loyalty card those points can really come in handy when stocking up on sunscreen. 

Sign up for the newsletter when shopping online. Retailers often offer between 10 and 20% off or free delivery when you sign up for the newsletter. It’s a good idea to create a separate email account so that your primary inbox doesn’t get clogged up! 

Look out for discount codes! Finding a great discount code can save you a ton of money on your next sunscreen purchase. Companies like LookFantastic and Boots have great deals and discount codes available.  

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Here's our top 10 cheap factor 50 SPF available:
Available From Product Price
Aldi Lacura SPF50+ Sensitive Lotion 200ml £2.99
Superdrug Solait Sun Cream SPF50+ 200ml £3.59
Boots Soltan Protect & Moisturise Lotion SPF50+ 200ml £3.89 (Save 10% with a Boots Advantage Card)
TescoTesco Soleil Dry Touch Sun Protection Mist SPF50 200ml£3.60
Asda Asda Protect SPF50+ Cooling Clear Sun Mist 200ml£4.00
Wilko Wilko Suncare Sun Lotion SPF50 200ml £4.00
Sainsbury's Sun Protect Clear Sun Spray SPF50 200ml £5.00
Superdrug Ambre Solaire Invisible Protect Refresh Spray SPF50 200ml £6.99
Savers Nivea Sun Spray SPF50+ 200ml £6.49
Lidl Cien Sun Lotion SPF50 250ml £3.69
Sarah-Jane Outten

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