7 Sunscreens Under £20 So You Have Money Left Over for Aperol Spritzes

best drugstore sunscreen: women heading to the beach

Sunscreen doesn't have to cost the earth. Yes, you can spend upwards of £30, £40 or even £50 on protecting your skin, but when there are great, safe formulations out there that are a joy to use, why spend more? Especially when you can use the money saved on Aperol Spritzes or that new basket bag you've been eyeing.

You want to look for SPF that protects from both UVA and UVB rays and, because sun protection is about more than just preventing burning, you shouldn't really be slathering anything less than SPF 30 on your limbs and up to 50 on your face. Keep scrolling for the seven best affordable drugstore sunscreens out there.

best drugstore sunscreen: Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 30
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 30 $15

In the past, Hawaiian Tropic hasn't fared well in Which? reviews, but this year, the brand was approved by the Consumer's Association for safety. We love the telltale tropical scent and the fact this sunscreen keeps skin hydrated for a full 12 hours.

best drugstore sunscreen: Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF 30
Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF 30 $15

Not all sunscreen is natural or eco-friendly, but with Green People, you can be confident that your product is both. It's suitable for sensitive skin and those prone to prickly heat. The formula also contains aloe vera to soothe and hydrate while green tea provides extra sun protection.

best drugstore sunscreen: Ultrasun Hand SPF 30
Ultrasun Hand SPF 30 $20

The backs of our hands tend to age faster than the rest of our skin since they're more exposed to the sun, so a hand cream with SPF 30 is a good idea year-round. You could use your body sunscreen on your hands, of course, but this will specifically tackle and brighten existing pigmentation.

best drugstore sunscreen: Bioderma Cicabio SPF 50+
Bioderma Cicabio SPF 50+ $10

If you suffer from eczema or want a sunscreen that helps repair and cocoon acne, then this one is key. This soothing cream with antibacterial zinc and copper does just that.

best drugstore sunscreen: Marks and Spencer Sun Smart SPF 30
Marks and Spencer Sun Smart SPF 30 $10

Good ol' M&S delivers this sunscreen that's lightweight, non-greasy and just a good all-rounder. Pick it up next time you're in there for a new pair of undies or a sandwich.

best drugstore sunscreen: La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50 $17

This one is a favourite with dermatologists and beauty insiders alike. La Roche-Posay's offering prevents sunspots and won't block pores. It's also water-resistant, lightweight and non-chalky.

best drugstore sunscreen: Vichy Ideal Soleil UVA Stick SPF 50
Vichy Ideal Soleil UVA Stick SPF 50 $9

Don't forget your lips (they need protecting too!). You can also use it on your nose and cheekbones, which tend to burn easily.

Now, see the skincare product to switch to if your moisturiser feels too heavy for summer.

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