£1 sunscreen & sun protection tips

Cheap sun cream offers

If you’re going on holiday, to a festival or just out for a picnic, sun protection should be the first thing on your mind. It’s extremely important that you use it, as sunburn is not only painful and embarrassing in the short term, but it can also give you wrinkles and cause skin cancer.

Not planning ahead and buying in corner shops, airports or in tourist areas can mean you might end up seriously out of pocket. Some sunscreens can cost as much as £15, but don’t give you any more protection than one costing you a quid - you’re just paying for the brand.

We’ve rounded up all the places you can pick up sun protection for only £1, so you don’t get burned!

in store sun cream offers


The brand sold at Poundland is Anovia, which has a few choices of SPF including:

  • Tropical Sun lotion SPF15 100ml
  • Tropical Sun lotion for kids SPF30 65ml
  • Tropical Sun lotion for sensitive skin SPF50 40ml


Poundworld sell a few brands of sunscreen, and you can get:

  • Sun Tropic sun lotion SPF15 100ml
  • Sun Tropic sun lotion SPF30, 50ml
  • EAD Sunscreen SPF15 120ml
  • EAD Sunscreen SPF30 120ml
  • EAD Sunscreen SPF45 120ml

B&M Bargains

B&M stock EAD sun cream for £1, and it comes in a larger sized bottle than at some of the pound shops:

  • EAD Sunscreen SPF15 120ml
  • EAD Sunscreen SPF30 120ml
  • EAD Sunscreen SPF45 120ml


Savers also stock EAD sun protection for only a quid, but only in the higher SPFs:

  • EAD Sunscreen SPF30 120ml
  • EAD Sunscreen SPF45 120ml

best online sun cream deals

You CAN get £1 sun protection from online pound shops - but be aware that P&P can be on the pricey side or have a minimum spend, which we’ve included this in the description.

PoundWorld Plus

£20 minimum spend for delivery - costs £3.95

More sun cream and aftersun here.

Online Pound Store

Delivery £3.50, free for orders £20+


Orders less than £19: £3, £20-£25: £2, £25-£30: £1, £30+: free

Check out the other sun cream and aftersun on sale.


Delivery £3.95

extra tips for sun cream offers

We asked Lisa Bickerstaffe, British Skin Foundation spokesperson a few questions to help you choose the right sun protection for your holiday.

Can you use sun cream from last year, or should you buy a new bottle before you go away?

Sunscreen has a shelf-life of around 12 months once opened. So you should throw away the one from last year and get yourself a fresh new one. Usually, there is also a ‘best before’ on the bottle too.

Does it matter which brand you use?

No, as long as you check the bottle for the information mentioned below.

What should students be looking for on the bottle to tell them if it's going to be totally effective?

When choosing a sunscreen look for a high protection SPF (SPF 30 or more) to protect against UVB, and the UVA circle logo and/or 4 or 5 UVA stars to protect against UVA.

Is sun cream bought abroad as safe as sun cream bought in the UK?

Sunscreens bought outside the EU may not be subject to the same standardised testing as described here.

What SPF should people be going for?

Choose an SPF of 30 or more and be sure to apply it 15-30 minutes before going out into the sun.

How often should people be reapplying?

Reapply sunscreen at least every couple of hours. However, when swimming (and towel drying) or sweating (such as playing sport) you will need to reapply more often.

Our Tips

It doesn’t matter how much you spend on sun protection, you just need to make sure you’re wearing an adequate SPF and reapplying regularly. Remember, if you’re going on a hand luggage only flight to bring your sunscreen in a less than 100ml container or use our Boots trick to get around the restrictions, as buying sunscreen abroad can be expensive and you might not be as well protected.