In 2015, SunSense won Canstar Blue’s customer satisfaction award for sunscreen – and it’s not hard to see why Australians rate the brand so highly, when all of its products provide the highest SPF50+ protection.
The story behind the brand
A family-owned company that makes its products locally in Victoria, SunSense is part of Ego Pharmaceuticals, a proudly Australian-owned manufacturer of skincare products since 1953. Back in 1988, Ego Pharmaceuticals was the first company in the world, it says, to develop a cosmetically acceptable sunscreen that offered broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection with physical protection blockers and UV absorbers.
In light of many people’s (unproven) fears around nanoparticles being used in sunscreen, SunSense specifically lists which of its products are nanoparticle-free on its FAQs page. It also explains why the products that do contain nano-technology will not harm your skin.
SunSense also has a great page called #SunnyDays Events that provides a list of fun outdoor events and activities in your local area.
SunSense is well known for its ‘Dying For A Tan’ ad campaign that used UV photography to show hidden UV damage on your face. These ads powerfully showed the difference that SPF50+ sunscreen makes by shielding and “hiding” your face from the sun. You can also check out its latest ‘Save The Day’ ads on the website.
What’s on offer from SunSense?
Aussies love SunSense because it only produces sunscreens with the highest SPF50+ UV protection – now that’s a sensible choice! Its products are also water resistant for four hours, which just makes sense when Aussies spend so much time playing in the surf and at the pool.
SunSense has created specialised choices for all ages and skin types including sensitive skin and the delicate skin of young children. Its sun care range at the time of writing encompasses the following products:
- Daily Face SunSense SPF50+
- Moisturising SunSense SPF50+
- Ultra SunSense SPF50+
- Sports SunSense SPF50+
- Clear Gel SunSense SPF50+
- Clear Mist SunSense SPF50+
- Junior SunSense SPF50+
- Sensitive SunSense SPF50+
- Anti-Ageing Face SunSense SPF50+
- Anti-Ageing Face Matte SunSense SPF50+
- Lip Balm SunSense SPF50+
- Aftersun Cooling Crème Gel SunSense with Vitamin C & E and Grape Seed
- Aftersun Cooling Spray SunSense
What our survey respondents said about SunSense sunscreen
Canstar Blue’s most recent survey of consumers, who have purchased and used sunscreen in the last six months, garnered the following comments from those who bought SunSense sunscreen.
|It’s a quality product that I know is reliable. (Sports).||A bit more expensive than similar products. (Sports).|
|Easy to use, doesn’t cause rashes. (Junior).||Sometimes the spray was clogged. (Junior).|
|Very effective. I have extremely sensitive skin and have not been able to use sunscreens, but this has been great. (Sensitive).||It is a little thick and is a bit hard to wash it off. (Sensitive).|
|Offers inexpensive protection from sun, can be worn under foundation. (Face).||Smell is not pleasant or sexy. (Face).|
|Non greasy, easy to apply, nice scent, effective. (Spray).||Expensive. (Spray).|
Sunscreen brands we rated
Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey 3,000 Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used sunscreen in the last six months – in this case, 1,749 Australians.
The other sunscreen brands in this year’s ratings were:
- ALDI Brands
- Banana Boat
- Cancer Council
- Le Tan
- Invisible Zinc
- Woolworths Homebrand
- Woolworths Select