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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.