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To think LIDL sun cream is suitable for my child?

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mrsgembles Thu 05-May-16 09:38:35

A couple of other mums commented along the lines of 'Oh does that work ok, then?' at the park yesterday and made me feel a bit shit. I assumed sun creams weren't allowed to be sold unless they work?!

x2boys Thu 05-May-16 09:42:19

As long as the factor is high enough for the child sun cream is sum cream where ever you buy it I buy ours from home bargains.

Imnotaslimjim Thu 05-May-16 09:43:52

Bunch of snobs! Of course it works. Of course there is regulations for this kind of stuff so it has to work

CallarMorvern Thu 05-May-16 09:44:32

Of course it works, they are being ridiculous. DH sometimes uses Aldi, he's a redhead and burns through a bloody t-shirt, it works as well as any other sun cream.

dentydown Thu 05-May-16 09:45:02

Yanbu. As long as the suncream does the job that's fine.

ItMustBeBedtimeSurely Thu 05-May-16 09:45:06

They are idiots. As long as it's high factor and at least four, preferably five star rated, it's fine.

Aldi suncream is all five star btw. Not all the premium brands are.

Patterkiller Thu 05-May-16 09:45:21

Some people are just brand brainwashed. High factor and a good star rating is what to look for. And if in doubt I think Which do reviews based on tests.

BarbaraofSeville Thu 05-May-16 09:45:31


They are victims of blind snobbishness and brainwashing that only brands are decent quality.

Most of the products in Lidl (and Aldi) are at least as good as the main brands and often better, as a lot of products like Heinz are a bit shit really if you look at it objectively. Lidl/Aldi usually do very well in blind comparison tests.

I have very pale skin and holiday in Spain and also spend a lot of time outside in the UK in the summer. I usually use Aldi own brand suncream and never burn.

PurpleDaisies Thu 05-May-16 09:47:23

If it has spf and uv star rating it is absolutely fine. Your friends are being snobby.

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Thu 05-May-16 09:49:27

very very many of Lidl and Aldi products right across the range thrash other banded and own brand products in blind testing

I think you either have to brazen it out and be really flippant...and say you just like to waste your time daubing cream on toddlers for shitz&gigglez so whether it works or not is irrelevant <careless shrug>

or blind them with science and say something about the popular large Named Brand manufacturers valuing profits over customer care and quality and that after reviewing all the evidence your choice of product is the best available on the market and that you are very surprised anyone with a child would not care enough to work that out for themselves. <patronising headtilt>

acasualobserver Thu 05-May-16 09:49:31

This is the sort of occasion when sarcasm is really called for: "Ha,ha, funny you should ask, it doesn't work at all! Their mayonnaise is more effective. Look away and the little perishers will be a pink as lobsters."

Sallyingforth Thu 05-May-16 09:56:50

I use whatever suncream is available when I need it, but I usually have the Aldi own brand within reach. Being a fair-skinned naturist I rely on sun block to keep me safe, and I would soon notice if it wasn't working.

CountessOfStrathearn Thu 05-May-16 10:00:22

Were they being catty or just making conversation? I'd be really interested to know what a friend thought of cheaper suncream as it is normally so expensive. It wouldn't mean anything more than that!

(Sometimes I think I just don't have the right attitude to hang around on MN as I just don't have the time, energy or inclination to read malicious things into the small talk of all my friends and acquaintances.)

IndridCold Thu 05-May-16 10:02:51

I remember reading an article about 10 years ago proving the cheap stuff was exactly the same as the expensive, so I have saved myself many pounds since then. My favourite last year was from Morrisons, but I might try Lidl this year!

BarbaraofSeville Thu 05-May-16 10:07:10

I said before I usually use Aldi, but have also used Asda and Morrisons and it's all being fine and is probably all made by the same giant generic suncream factory.

I just get whatever cheap supermarket stuff that I see when I need it.

shovetheholly Thu 05-May-16 10:09:13

There was a trial recently that showed that cheaper brands were just as good. No results for Lidl, but Avon Sunclear SPF30 was a best buy, as was Morrisons M SPF 30 spray. Some of the expensive ones, including Piz Buin ultra light and Hawaiian Tropic, were really underpowered and failed the test.

MagicMojito Thu 05-May-16 10:11:32

I tend to use nivea kids suncream but that's only because its only £3ish from h&b. I find that most of aldi/lidl own brand is FAR superior than most branded products jive bars in particular

mrsgembles Thu 05-May-16 10:12:42

It's factor 50, btw

smilingthroughgrittedteeth Thu 05-May-16 10:14:56

As the others have said it's fine for many years Wilkinson's own was rated the best.

I have to use nivea as it's the only one that doesn't aggrivate my eczema but I'm using a shops own brand one on ds, I just have to remember to wash my hands really well after applying it.

Baconyum Thu 05-May-16 10:16:04

I get cheap as possible as I burn like a motherfucker so need to use loads and I'm always losing the bloody stuff. My dermatologist years ago said the cheap stuff best as the expensive stuff was perfumed etc and in the sun that risks reactions.

moggle Thu 05-May-16 10:17:19

Why the need to be rude? (not at OP! but PP calling them idiots :-D
Maybe they're the kind of people who buy nurofen at £3 a packet instead of generic ibuprofen at 35p because they don't believe it's the same stuff. Just say, yes, they're all made to the same standard.
FWIW I buy stupidly expensive once a day Ultrasun cream for me and DD (red heads) because it lasts a lot longer, but that's down to the other ingredients in it I assume. On me I only need to apply it once a day, although on toddler DD I put it on a couple of times. But normal suncream just seems to slide off her and she's so sensitive to the sun I do worry about her being unprotected.

NeedACleverNN Thu 05-May-16 10:18:00

I'll buy the cheapest possibly but as a spray because it's the only one Dd will entertain.

If that means it's aldi brand than aldi it will be

MangoBiscuit Thu 05-May-16 10:18:08

I have reddish hair, DD2 is fully red-headed (or orange as she calls it), and we both have pale skin, freckles, and burn to a crisp if we look at the sun without cream on. Spent hours in the garden in full sun yesterday, Lidl 50spf kids suncream worked brilliantly, we're not even pink.

They're being silly, and snobbish. Tinkly laugh and say "Of course! Haven't you read any of the research done on various brands?"

Dixiechickonhols Thu 05-May-16 10:19:04

Cheaper arguably better as you will use more liberally and also not risk using old stuff you find in cupboard that you kept because it was expensive.

AndTakeYourPenguinWithYou Thu 05-May-16 10:20:16

Sounds like they were just asking if you liked it, you are being very sensitive about a neutral comment. Are you insecure in your choices?

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