About Cancer Council Australia sunscreen

Everything you need to know about sunscreen from Cancer Council Australia.In 2015, Cancer Council Australia rated highly for customer satisfaction in sunscreen, with a five-star rating for texture and consistency, and ease of absorption.

The story behind the council

Cancer Council Australia was founded in 1961 as the Australian Cancer Society, when the various state cancer councils banded together to raise cancer awareness on a national level. In the 1990s, they chose the daffodil for their logo because it’s a global symbol of hope.

Cancer Council Australia does more than just make sunscreen and promote sun safety. It also does the following amazing work:

  • Funds research: It provided $70.5 million in research grants in 2015.
  • Provides information: It keeps doctors and health professionals up-to-date on the state of cancer research. It also provides advice to the public through the Cancer Council hotline (13 11 20).
  • Promotes prevention: It has prevention and early detection programs to fight different types of cancer such as helping people quit smoking, stay sun safe, eat healthy, and exercise.
  • Supports cancer patients and their families: It coordinate a network of cancer support groups and services.
  • Creates guidelines for treatment: Its Clinical Guidelines Network develops guidelines for the best possible care and treatment for cancer patients. It works together with the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia to make sure these guidelines are proven effective through evidence.
  • Advises the Government: It has a network of advisory committees which develop national policy guidelines for controlling cancer in our population, and advise the Government using these policies. These committees are made up of public health professionals, clinical medicine experts and researchers.
  • Fundraises: It organises events, works with partner fundraising organisations, and receives and distributes donations.

What’s on offer from Cancer Council Australia?

Cancer Council Australia’s sun protection range is extensive and covers:

  • Sunscreen
  • UV protective clothing
  • Swimwear
  • Swim goggles
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Prescription lens UV coating
  • Cosmetics
  • Shade covers
  • Car window UV tinting

In its sunscreen range, you can choose from the following products:

  • Classic Tube SPF50+
  • Day Wear Face Sunscreen SPF30
  • Everyday Range SPF30
  • Ultra Range SPF50+
  • Sport Range SPF50+
  • Active Range SPF50+
  • Sensitive SPF50+
  • Work Range SPF50+ or SPF30
  • Peppa Pig Kids Range SPF50+
  • Classic Kids Range SPF50+
  • Active Aerosol Oil Free Spray SPF50+
  • Repel Sunscreen-and-Insect-Repellent SPF30
  • Professional Sunscreen for use on Scars SPF50+

The Cancer Council also offers the Zinke branded range, which includes sunscreen, a tinted tan sunscreen and zinc sticks.

What our survey respondents said about Cancer Council sunscreen

Canstar Blue’s most recent survey of consumers who have purchased and used sunscreen in the last six months garnered the following comments, among many others, from those who bought Cancer Council sunscreen.

Convenient sized packaging, good value for money, easy to apply. (Ultra SPF50+). Can be greasy at times. (Ultra SPF50+).
Has a wide range of products. One of the few mainstream lines to produce a version including insect repellent. (Repel SPF30). Would like the insect repellent version to be made in a larger bottle, not just the smaller tubes. (Repel SPF30).
Fabulous. (Sensitive). No negatives. (Sensitive).
Really like the consistency and protection provided, while remaining at a reasonable price usually. Always available at shops. (Sports SPF50+). Hard to get the last bit out of the tube. (Sports SPF50+).
Good cause to support. Cheap. Can be used on my toddler. (Classic SPF50+). Not suitable for sensitive use. (Classics SPF50+)(Cancer Council Australia specifically designed and recommends their Sensitive Sunscreen for use on sensitive skin.).

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:

  • SunSense
  • ALDI Brands
  • Avon
  • Banana Boat
  • Hamilton
  • Le Tan
  • Neutrogena
  • Nivea
  • Coles
  • Invisible Zinc
  • Woolworths Homebrand
  • Woolworths Select

You can view the full results of our sunscreens survey here.

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