- 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
Creams, lotions, sprays, oils, gels
Did you know?
- 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 needs
"I wish there was a sun care product that would tell me when to reapply it..."