by | Aug 26, 2022 | Reviews, summer, Z

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2022 @ 3:18 pm.

What is the best sunscreen from Australia? Given all the beaches down under, Australia has earned a reputation for high quality sunscreen. We put several Aussie brands to the test, trying them out with our own staff. Which left the least white residue? What was the least greasy? What about tinted sunscreen?

FYI: We've been reviewing and rating products for the home and families since 1994. We don't take money or freebies from the brands we review. Our work is 100% reader-supported!


Finding the Best Sunscreen made in Australia: Our Tests!

Let’s talk sunscreen from Australia.

Look at the picture above from Australia’s most popular beaches, Bondi Beach. Not a cloud in that sky. Not a tree to catch some shade. No wonder Australians are serious about sunscreen.

Given the increasing popularity of Australian sunscreen, we decided to do some tests. First, we asked our parent readers Down Under for their favorites. Then we tried out several of the popular brands. Finally, we interviewed two dermatologists to ask about which Australian sunscreens had the most effective ingredients.

As most sunscreen shoppers know, there are two basic types of sunscreen: chemical and physical. Each has its pros and cons.

And what about reef-friendly sunscreen? Many sunscreens have chemicals that are alleged to cause damage to coral reefs. Some states (Hawaii, we are looking at you) have banned the sale of sunscreens that have octinoxate and oxybenzone.

After trying out several Australian sunscreens, here are the ones that worked the best in the real world.

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Best Tinted

No polarizing fragrance
This sunscreen topped our tests with its impressive protection—and non-greasy feel. We liked the light weight, which worked well as foundation.
$11.58 ($3.86 / Ounce)

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Best For Least White Residue

Reef-friendly
We love this sunscreen for its lack of white cast—and it is eco-friendly (no oxybenzone or octinoxate). Also nice: no scent. Great for the face.
$6.99 ($2.76 / Fl Oz)

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Best For the Face

Nicely water resistant
This physical sunscreen is great for sensitive skin, said our testers. We liked the moisturizing feel and there is no scent. Caveat: can leave a white cast if you don't rub it in well enough.
$13.20 ($2.64 / Fl Oz)

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Best Budget-Friendly

Good under makeup
Yes, sunscreen from Australia can get pricey, but this lotion performed well in tests . . . and is easy on the wallet. Easy to apply and lightweight. Caveat: coconut scent has its fans—and detractors.
$4.88 ($0.81 / Ounce)

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Denise & Alan Fields are consumer advocates and best-selling authors. The Fields have authored 12 books with three million copies in print, including the best-selling guide to baby gear, Baby Bargains.

The Fields have been featured and quoted in the New York TimesWall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.

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How We Pick Products To Recommend

We often turn to our readers (3 million strong!) to find products to recommend. We ask our parent readers for their favorites and consider their real-world experiences in our recommendations.

When we test a product, we always purchase it with our own monies. We do not take free samples, as we believe that compromises our independence.

We also fact check manufacturer information with our own measurements. If a maker claims a product weighs X pounds, we will weigh it to make sure. If the battery life is supposed to be six hours, we will see how it stands up in the real world.

In some cases, we will do interviews with experts in the field to get additional feedback on products.

To get hands-on time with products, we regularly meet one-on-one with gear companies and even tour manufacturing facilities. (When we do this, we pay our own travel expenses).

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We’ve been rating and reviewing products for the home and families since 1994. We do extensive research, evaluating products with an eye toward quality, ease of use and affordability.

We make our living from affiliate commissions, but we always recommend what we think are the best bets for our readers (not the ones that are the most expensive). We are always looking for products that offer the best bang for the buck.

Our independence is a key reason why we have been doing this so long. As we mentioned above, when we purchase a product for hands-on testing, we do so with our own money.

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