We review the best sunscreen for triathlon that will protect your skin while you’re racing in the blistering sunshine.

Best sunscream for triathlon

1. AMBRE SOLAIRE
SPF 30
£11.99 , 200ml
www.garnier.co.uk

This absorbed well and had a good consistency – not too greasy or runny. The cream had a nice smell but perhaps may be a little girly for boys. It also didn’t sweat off during hard running, and left skin well moisturised.

Verdict: 4/5

2. KINESYS ALCOHOL-FREE SPRAY
SPF 30
£11.53, 120ml
www.kinesys.com

We weren’t sure about the ‘mango smell’ the manufacturers claimed – it was more like kids’ tropical squash. Although the cream seemed thin at first, it dried quickly and didn’t sweat off. Tested on a long ride we didn’t need to reapply over several hours in the sun.

Verdict: 5/5

3. ALOE UP PRO
SPF 30
£10.99, 120ml
www.aloeup.co.uk

This product was virtually fragrance-free and though it seemed watery out of the tube, it soaked in well, dried well, and wasn’t at all greasy. We also found it useful to have a sunscreen come in a squeezy tube rather than a flip-top bottle. It withstood sweat and heavy rain on a five-hour bike ride, so is very water resistant.

Verdict: 4/5

4. HAWAIIAN ISLAND CREATIONS 2X SUNBLOCK
SPF 50
£7.89, 118ml
www.hicsuncare.com

The cream’s consistency was thick and quite dry but absorbed well and was not sticky or greasy. We’re not sure we agree with their ‘doesn’t run into your eyes’ claim, but despite riding for eight hours in blazing sun without reapplying, we didn’t get burnt at all. Bottle was good for grip.

Verdict: 4/5

5. SOLAR RX
SPF 30
£16.36, 100ml
www.keys-soap.com

This product smelled weird thanks to being made from cumin oil and other culinary ingredients. The cream had an odd consistency – quite watery and felt tingly when put on the face. When running, it sweated off really easily – much more noticeably than other brands tested. However, as a plus it had a nice pump action bottle.

Verdict: 2/5

6. MALIBU SPORT SWEATPROOF DRY OIL GEL
SPF 25
£2.99, 100ml
www.malibusun.com

Unfortunately we weren’t impressed with the old-school alcohol gel form this comes in. It did work fine, drying on quickly and protected us from the sun, but the gel stings on your face. It smells of alcohol and comes in a not a very sport-friendly, 80s-style bottle.

Verdict: 3/5

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