These 6 Sunscreens Offer The Best Sun Protection, According To An Experiment On Human Skin

It’s always summer in Malaysia and with the scorching, bright sun we get almost every day, having a good sunscreen is very important.

When in search for a sunscreen, many of us want a product that can protect us from harmful UV rays and prevent us from turning a shade or two darker. Yet, with the wide variety of sunscreens available in the market, which one really flair the best?

There’s nothing better than having a visible result on the effectiveness of a sunscreen we wish to purchase, and a Weibo user did exactly that! Going by the profile name of Captain Lele, this Chinese man introduces himself as a cosmetic formulator/inspector and a member of China’s Cosmetic Chemist Association.

By using black tape to map out 20 boxes on his test subject’s back, his experiment includes 18 different SPF 50 sunscreens of American, European and Japanese brands. All but two sections of skin were slathered with a pea-sized amount of sunscreen before being exposed to the sun at the Tianhe District in Guangzhou for 3 hours and 15 minutes, from 1.30pm to 4.45pm with an outdoor temperature of 34 degrees Celsius.

After three hours, the results showed that all the boxes slathered with sunscreens were significantly lighter compared to the area of the skin that was directly exposed to the sun without any protection.

Six brands were crowned winners based on the least changes in skin tone: La Roche-Posay, Kiehl’s, Lancome, Allie, Anessa and Kosé. Captain LeLe concludes that European brands show stronger sun protection while Japanese brands feel better on the skin.

Here are the six products that performed the most effectively in the experiment.

La Roche Posay
Anthelios XL Tinted Ultra-Light Fluid SPF50+, RM127

Kiehl's Ultra-Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++ with Anti-Pollution, RM163.40

Lancomé UV Expert Youth Shield Aqua Gel SPF50, RM211

Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF50+, RM167

Kosé Cosmeport Suncut UV Protect Spray SPF50, RM57.90

Kanebo Allie Extra Uv Gel Mineral Moist Sunscreen SPF50, Not available in Malaysia

Of course, it’s important to note that different brands may require different amounts to work, and that when it comes to sunscreen, how well it protects isn’t the only factor in judging how good it is. How a sunscreen feels on the skin and how your skin reacts to it also matters. Although the experiment doesn’t scientifically prove that certain brands are better than others, it certainly showed us the importance of sunscreen in protecting our skin from harmful UV rays!