Why Are Sunscreens So Expensive?
For a family of four, a 200ml bottle of sunscreen, which will likely need to be reapplied every couple of hours, will probably last for just one day and a bottle will cost anywhere from $10 to $20.
So sunscreen for a seven day vacation will cost somewhere between $70 and $140 !!!
According to Kate Clark, who’s a spokesperson for Ambre Solaire, it’s all down to expensive research, “We spend millions of dollars on research and development every year, upgrading technology and looking for new types of filters, textures and formulations. We want to give the consumer a product that is completely safe but also something that they enjoy using”.
However, Ian White, who’s a consultant dermatologist at St John’s Institute of Dermatology in London, says there is no justification for such expense. “The cost of these products is exorbitant. Sunscreens are not expensive to manufacture but the companies which make them use the fact that we must buy them for the sake of our health to their advantage”.
It’s hard to believe that sunscreen companies like Ambre Solaire are still spending millions of dollars a year on R&D after being in the business for several decades, so it seems likely that Ian White is on the money.
What do you think?