Lidl Cien Sunscreen: Wouldya?

By | May 4 2010 | 46 Comments

Glue guns, bedazzlers, bird feeders and all the kit I’d need for a fully-featured kayaking experience are things I’ll happily buy from Lidl.  Shizz to protect me from skin cancer? Hmm, I’d be a bit leery.

I will put my hands up and say that while there is an element of snobbery to that, I do also want my suncare to come from a company that actually specialises, invests and researches in this area. And while Lidl’s versions do assure us that they have both UVA and UVB protection and that that they “carry the ‘Institut Dr Schrader’ quality stamp for added peace of mind,” I’m still not keen.

But if you are a more trusting soul than I, then here’s one you lot might find interesting for facial protection purposes, and it’s a mere €2.99 for 100ml, which is rather good value, I think you’ll agree. I like how they’ve whacked an anti-ageing claim on to it – by the by, all a moisturiser needs to do to claim magic anti-ageing properties is to add sunscreen into the mix, so this is like saying it’s an anti-ageing anti-ageing product –  but it’s got factor of 25, and it’s suitable for face and neck, so if it suited you, could be an extremely cheap pick for summer usage.

Tell me, ladies, am I a snobby wagon for eschewing Lidl for my light-weight La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL, or do you agree with me?

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46 Replies to "Lidl Cien Sunscreen: Wouldya?"

  • Tyra says:

    I’ve used Lidl sunscreen before and theres nothing wrong with it!:) Its way to heavy for my face though so i use clinque city block spf 40 for that!

    I don’t get enough use out of suncream for my body so i dont see the point in paying loads for one!

  • magpie says:

    i bought suncream there last year, its very thick & in the back of the press somewhere :oops:

  • magpie says:

    usually buy the ambre solaire, but might switch to the nivea one this year need something cheaper

  • Lisa says:

    Sun protection is not an area I am prepared to skimp on. Soltan in boots is reasonably priced for the quality if that’s what you are into, I use Clarins on the face and Ambre Solaire on my body.

  • Smiles says:

    Wasn’t it shown that some of Aldi’s anti-ageing creams were just as good as some of the more expensives ones? I’m sure the same goes for Lidl’s suncreams!

  • Catriona says:

    I used the Aldi one last year and it kept my ridiculously fair skin nice and white :)

  • legalyblonde says:

    Surely they couldn’t sell it if it didn’t work or could damage skin by not protecting it properly? Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act and all that…

  • cch says:

    After seeing a family pack of Soltan in Boots at the weekend which had 200ml bottles of SPF15, 2 x SPF 30 and aftersun for 16.99 (I think, all from memory) that would definitely be my preference!

    On a similar note, would anybody trust Lidl condoms?! ;-)

  • Kirstie says:

    legalyblonde – Oh absolutely, I would not for a second suggest otherwise and have noted all the credentials above.

  • Sparkle101 says:

    cch – you’ve made me think there – I was considering buying the sunscreen but no way on earth would I buy the condoms. Will have a look at soltan so!!

  • Orlando says:

    Ladies, are we suggesting that in Germany there is a pregnancy and skin cancer bomb waiting to go off? They could not possibly sell condoms that didn’t work! And look at how small the families are over there, I’d trust German contraception far more than the Durex being sold in Euro2 like!

  • Kirstie says:

    All I am saying is
    a) I am a snob
    b) I like my specific, expert products to come from specific experts.

  • Lisa says:

    No way would i trust lidl or aldi condoms, its not something worth finding out that they don’t work AFTER the event!

  • baby in a corner says:

    i’d say this would work perfectly at preventing you getting burned but it would probably be very white, thick and greasy! so its a trade off that has to be made!

  • candi says:

    actuallly, would be funny re: the lidl condoms – u meet man of your dreams, things start to happen, out he pops a lidl condom, yay or nay :)

  • Mamabear says:

    Ok, I use lidl condoms… but in my defense I must reveal that I am married and not on the dating scene :-). Regarding Lidl sunscreen I see no problem with it. I bought Aldi sunscreen last year before our trip to Italy and nobody got burnt or had any other ill effects from it (factor 30), grant you my kids have quite sallow skin so they don’t burn easily but it was a scorcher summer in Italy!

  • Christina says:

    The quality of suncare products has little to do with price.

    Most suncreams will protect you from burning UVB rays, but if you want anti-aging protection, you must look for one of three ingredients: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or avobenzone. If one or more of these ingredients isn’t in the cream, you will not be protected from sun induced skin aging. It doesn’t matter if you spend 4 Euro or 40 Euro for the cream. Plenty of expensive suncreams don’t have full spectrum protection, but some cheap creams do. You’ll find out a lot more from scanning the ingredient list than looking at the price tag.

    Personally, I always use Neutrogena’s “Age Shield” and “Ultra Sheer” lotions as they have all the neccessarary anti-UVA ingredients at a reasonable price.

  • Meep Meep says:

    It’s prob worth a try… I’ve been using the Tesco SPF50 on my (acne-prone!) face & surprisingly, ’tis grand… no burning OR spots from it for the last month. And it’s only 4.99 for 200ml :)

  • legalyblonde says:

    Oh Kirstie I know you weren’t!! I meant like, its obviously going to be fine to use, for that reason! College has my brain fried, can’t form clever word groupings at all today…

  • daiseeboo says:

    I have been using the Boots sun cream for the last couple of years as I thought that this was the one proven to have the most protection. Now maybe I dreamt that one up so what do people reckon is the best? I am currently using EA 8hr SPF50 on my face but don’t think I will repurchase as the smell is way too strong for my liking. Am gonna try the No7 SPF50 when the bottle runs out and see if it is any good.

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