IS IT REALLY SO DANGEROUS TO SUBJECT YOUR SKIN TO UV RAYS WITH NO PROTECTION?
The sun is humanity's most important resource. Sunlight reaches into the body through sensory cells in the eyes and the skin. There it stimulates our immune system and helps us to fight off infections. In addition, it promotes our well-being and strengthens breathing, the blood flow and circulation as well as our metabolism. Without the sun, our body cannot produce vital Vitamin D. Sunlight also has an extremely positive effect on our psyche. But as we all know, almost every good thing also has a bad side. Short-wave UVB rays not only initiate the production of melanin responsible for a suntan, but also cause sunburns and DNA damage. UVA rays play only a minor role in sunburns, but can cause sun allergies and long-term damage to the connective tissue, which can lead to premature aging of the skin.
HOW DO I SELECT THE RIGHT PRODUCT FOR ME?
To select the right SPF, you should first of all consider your skin type, the season and the region. It’s also important to pay attention to a sufficient UVA protection level, as well as the aspects of water resistance and immediate protection. You should then select your preferred mode of application (e.g. spray, lotion) and the desired sensory/additional benefits (e.g. moisturising, refreshing or tan-activating).
WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST MISTAKES THAT YOU CAN MAKE WHEN APPLYING SUN PROTECTION PRODUCTS?
When applying sun protection there are five basic principles to take into account:
1. Use a sufficient amount of the sunscreen. For adults, it’s recommended that a quantity of two tablespoonfuls is applied (about 36 ml). If you apply less, the sun protection is drastically reduced.
2. Don’t forget to reapply the sunscreen at least every two hours to develop the full protective effect of the product.
3. Above all, protect the areas that are especially impacted by the sun. This especially applies to the so-called 'sun terraces' like the nose, shoulders, ears, chest or head, that are particularly susceptible to UV-rays and therefore should be carefully protected with the highest possible SPF.
4. Don’t stay in direct sunlight over the noon hour, but instead seek out a protected area in the shade. At this time of day, the UV rays are so strong that the skin’s own protection is considerably reduced.
5. Do not use a lower SPF to achieve a stronger suntan. You will tan even if you use a sun cream with a high SPF, since sufficient sunlight reaches the skin.
WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT RULES FOR SUNBATHING? HOW MUCH SUN CREAM DO I HAVE TO APPLY TO ACHIEVE THE BEST POSSIBLE PROTECTION?
It’s very important that you don’t underestimate the power of the sun. UV-rays produce a high amount of energy. Insufficient protection can therefore lead to aging of the skin and sun allergies.
However, sunlight also has a very positive effect on our mood and our immune system – especially after the short and cold winter days. Make sure you have sufficient protection when you would like to enjoy the sun: Choose the right sun protection factor, use a sufficient quantity of sunscreen (about 36 ml for an adult) and refresh the sun protection every two hours.
WHAT IS BETTER AND MORE EFFICIENT – SUN MILK, SUN LOTION OR SUN SPRAY?
Today we can choose from a series of sun protection products that all boast different sensory characteristics and types of application. However, to guarantee the appropriate protection, you should observe the following rules of application for each product: sufficient SPF, the right quantity and repeated application. No matter whether a cream, spray or gel – you should always choose the product whose application appeals the most to you.
WHAT DIFFERENCES ARE THERE BETWEEN ALL THE PRODUCTS THAT ARE ON THE MARKET FOR SUNSCREENS?
The SPF of a NIVEA Sun Lotion SPF 30 is comparable with the SPF of a NIVEA Face Cream SPF 30 since the SPF-measuring procedure is standardised to a high degree and thus is similar for each product. However, the products can boast differences when it comes to water resistance, the sensory qualities and the moisture content.
HOW DOES NIVEA GENERALLY WORK TO DEVELOP NEW PRODUCTS WITH A SUN PROTECTION FACTOR?
UV sun protection products are based on a very complex formula. On the one hand, they have to contain a multitude of filters so that they can offer the necessary protection from UVA and UVB rays. On the other hand, they also have to meet the requirements of the consumer – the skin should feel supple and soft, and provide an appealing appearance. In order to achieve these different goals and to develop products that fulfil their task and feel good on the skin, substantial specialist knowledge in the area of formula development is required. The products of the NIVEA SUN series Moisturising Sun Spray, for example, combine a large selection of UV filters with effective moisturising ingredients. Other products, on the other hand, contain liquid UV filters, oils that are easy to work in and sensory additives. These products therefore produce a more supple texture, but still offer the same immediate and highly effective protection.
WHAT WAS NIVEA SUNS’S BIGGEST INNOVATION?
In its early years, Beiersdorf developed a method on to ensure a balanced UVA and UVB protection. With this UVA/UVB filter system Beiersdorf laid the foundation for today’s officially recommended COLIPA method, which is increasingly establishing itself as a global standard. Another milestone was the development of our extremely user-friendly sun sprays and ultra-light lotions that make sun protection easier, more pleasant and comfortable for consumers. One of the pioneering innovations from Beiersdorf is a sun protection lotion (NIVEA SUN Protect & Bronze) that offers effective protection and also stimulates the skin’s own melanin production to achieve a natural and long-lasting tan.