Sun Care


Creams, lotions, sprays, oils, gels

Did you know?

  • In 4000 BC, Greek Olympic athletes covered their bodies with a "sunscreen" mixture of sand and oil to protect their skin from the sun
  • During the 18th and early 19th centuries scientists began to understand the nature of light and its effect on skin
  • Ultraviolet (UV) rays were discovered by Johann Wilhelm Ritter in 1801, enabling J. Widmark's discovery in 1889 that UV rays - not heat damage - cause sunburn
  • Commercial sunscreens were invented in the 1930s and quickly became popular following the introduction of paid holidays for workers
  • Biological studies have uncovered the role that two types of UV rays (UVA and UVB) play in the development of skin damage (e.g. DNA damage, photoageing, skin cancer); this research, conducted by universities and cosmetics companies, has lead to the development of more efficient and effective UV filters


  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends regular sun screen use to help protect skin against UV radiation
  • Significant industry investment has helped develop increasingly effective and appealing sunscreens that
    • Offer broad UV (both UVA and UVB) protection
    • Contain a combination of nano-sized mineral (e.g. titanium dioxide) and organic UV filters to offer high levels of protection
    • Have applications that suit all lifestyles and consumer needsĀ 
"I wish there was a sun care product that would tell me when to reapply it..."