Gorgeous beaches, killer waves, hot summer weather—Australia has it all...including the world’s highest rate of skin cancer. To protect yourself under the sun, sunblock is an absolute essential. Here’s a list of the best sunscreen brands, picked especially for Australian skin.
ALDI Ombra Sunscreen
Don’t knock drugstore or supermarket brands until you’ve tried ‘em. ALDI sunscreen comes in many varieties, such as Everyday, Sensitive, Ultra Sport, and even a tinted sunblock. Its SPF 50+ protection comes at a surprisingly affordable price, too. Before buying the 1-litre family pack, do a patch test. Some people reported burning or sensitivity to the formula.
Get the ALDI Ombra Family 1L starting at $7.99 at ALDI supermarkets nationwide.
Banana Boat Ultra Sunscreen
Boasting 4 hours of water and sweat resistance, Banana Boat Ultra SPF 50+ is perfect for swimming, sports, and other outdoor physical activities. While providing heavy-duty protection, the formula is still considerably lightweight and non-greasy.
Get Banana Boat Ultra 200g starting at $17.01 on Amazon.
Ingredients: Butyl Methoxydubensoylmethane 5%, 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor 4%., Octocrylene 2%, Bemotrizinol 1%, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxybenzoates
Cancer Council Everyday Sunscreen
Cancer Council is one of the best and most effective sunblocks you could get for cheap, light, everyday protection. The SPF 30 Everyday Sunscreen is great for all skin types and doesn’t leave a white residue. Plus, profits go towards cancer research and education.
Get Cancer Council Everyday Sunscreen starting at $9.99 on Amazon.
Ingredients: Octocrylene 7%, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane 3.5%, 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor 3%, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulphonic Acid 2.5%, Phenoxyethanol
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen
Hate the usual sunscreen white cast? Get Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen. The SPF 70 formula with helioplex is fast absorbing and dries on clear. It’s also lightweight enough as to not irritate oily skin. For overall protection, combine with the Ultra Sheer body mist sunscreen, which is also PABA-free and non-comedogenic.
Get Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen 3oz starting at $21.09 on Amazon.
Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homoslate 15%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 2.8%, Oxybenzone 6% Inactive Ingredients: Water, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Diethylhexyl 2,6 - Napthalate, Beeswax, Caprylyl Methicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, BHT, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Trideceth-6, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Disodium EDTA
Le Tan Coconut Spray Sunscreen
What do you get when you cross a delicious coconut fragrance with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection? Le Tan Coconut Sunscreen. The spray bottle makes this waterproof, moisturising SPF 30+ sunscreen really easy to apply. The non-greasy, lightweight formula is great for dry skin and combination skin.
Get Le Tan Coconut Spray 250mL starting at $16.99 on Amazon.
Ingredients: Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxybenzoates
EGO Sunsense Sensitive Invisible
Dermatologically-tested and formulated with zinc oxide, EGO Sunsense’s Sensitive Invisible SPF 50+ is the perfect sunscreen for those with sensitive skin. The sunblock is free of chemical absorbers, lanolin, fragrance, and colour. It’s also
Get EGO Sunsense Sensitive 200 mL starting at $18 on Amazon.
Ingredients: Titanium dioxide (9.8%), Zinc oxide (2%), Sodium methylparaben, Sodium propylparaben, Aqua (water), Alumina, Butylene glycol, C12-15 Alkyl benzoate, Cetyl dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Hydrogenated castor oil, Paraffinum liquidum, Polyglyceryl-4 isostearate (and), Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone, (and) hexyl laurate, Sodium chloride, Niacinamide, Polyhydroxystearic acid, Stearic acid
Hamilton Active Family Sunscreen
Get Hamilton Active Family Sunscreen 250mL starting at $14.89 on Amazon
An all-around sun protection solution for the whole family. Hamilton Active Family Sunscreen has water-resistant, SPF 50+ protection that is suitable for all skin types, including dry skin or combination skin.
Ingredients: Octyl Salicylate 5%, Homosalate 10%, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane 4%, Octocrylene 8%, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydroxybenzoates
All Good Sport Sunscreen
All Good Sport is one of the best natural sunscreens in Australia. This SPF 30 sunscreen is highly rated by the EWG and is made with vegan, gluten-free, biodegradable, reef-friendly, non-toxic, organic ingredients. It uses zinc oxide to naturally block out the sun’s harmful rays.
Get All Good Sport Sunscreen 3oz starting at $18.27 on Amazon.
Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 12% (Non-nanoparticle) Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice*, Bentonite, Calendula Of cinalis (Calendula) Flower*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Saf ower) Seed Oil*, Cellulose Gum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Coco-Glucoside, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sun ower) Seed Oil*, Heptyl Undecylenate, Jojoba Esters, Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil*, Methyl
Aesop Avail Body Lotion With Sunscreen
One of the more luxury options on this list, Aesop Avail Body Lotion with SPF 50 can get pricey, depending on where you buy it. But with its fresh, moisturising formula that leaves your skin feeling soft and supple, we’d say it’s worth the cost.
Get Aesop Avail Body Lotion With Sunscreen 152.4g starting at $96.99 on Amazon
Ingredients: Avobenzone (3%) Homosalate (10%) Octisalate (5%) Octocrylene (8%), water (Aqua), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Triacontanyl PVP,Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax,Silica,PEG-15 Cocamine,Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer,PEG-40 Stearate,Glyceryl Behenate,Panthenol,Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil,Caprylyl Glycol,Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil,Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice,Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer,Caprylhydroxamic Acid,Glycerin,Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil,Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil,Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil,Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil,Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil,Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate,Tocopheryl Acetate,Daucus Carota (Carrot) Sativa Root Extract,Beta-Carotene,Tocopherol,Linalool,d-Limonene,Citral
Coles Ultra Sunscreen Finger Spray
Formulated and made in Australia, you can be sure that Coles Ultra Sunscreen SPF 50+ provides ample protection from the hot Australian sun. Both men and women can expect 4 hours of water-resistance from this easy-spray bottle.
Get Coles Ultra Sunscreen Finger Spray 100mL starting at $7 at Coles
Ingredients: Homosalate 100mg/g, Octocrylene 80mg/g, Octyl Salicylate 50mg/g, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane 40mg/g, Phenethyl Alcohol
Skin cancer is no joke, so it’s important to pick the best sunscreen for you. This list of the biggest and most effective sunscreen brands should get you started. Remember to apply your sunscreen before heading out, and re-apply every hour.