The Benefits and Drawbacks of Sunlight

Sunlight is good for you, but only when enjoyed in moderation. It is now scientifically proven that excessive exposure to the sun’s UV rays is harmful and can lead to skin changes. In addition, the sun’s UV rays are responsible for around 80 percent of the symptoms of skin aging. That’s why effective UVA and UVB protection not only makes sense for cosmetic reasons, but also from a medical standpoint.

The Consequences of Excessive Exposure to UV Rays

Unfiltered UVB rays cause sunburn and primarily damage the upper layers of the skin. Over the long term, they can even cause cell mutations and skin cancer. In contrast, UVA rays penetrate into the skin’s deeper layers, destroying the elastic fibers in the connective tissue, and in the event of repeated exposure, make the skin sag. As a result, UVA rays are one of the main causes of premature skin aging.

Sun Protection at Beiersdorf


It started in 1936: After tanned skin increasingly became the trend in the western world in the 1920s, Beiersdorf started an intensive research regarding the effects of UV rays on the skin, and developed the first sunscreen products, NIVEA Nut Oil and Ultra Oil.



1970s: Beiersdorf propagates the idea of introducing the sun protection factor (SPF) defined about ten years earlier to allow people to compare the effectiveness of sunscreen products scientifically, supports the notion of indicating SPF on sunscreen products, and as a result, plays a significant role in the advancement and establishment of the necessary scientific protocols. This concept later becomes the general measure for determining the effectiveness of sunscreen products.



1980s: On the basis of previous research, Beiersdorf product developers succeed in producing the first sunscreen with an SPF of 12 – unusually high at the time.

1990s: Beiersdorf researchers discover changes in skin cells resulting from both UVB and UVA rays. They thereby recognize the long-term effects of UVA rays in relation to skin aging as well as the urgent need to develop more effective UVA filters.



2005: As the first company to do so, Beiersdorf launches sunscreen products under the NIVEA brand with increased UVA protection matched to the UVB protection.



2008: In the western world, a suntan has been in fashion since the beginning of the previous century, with healthy, suntanned skin considered attractive. This is why Beiersdorf conducts intensive research into the effects of UV rays on the skin and the biological mechanisms of pigmentation. The latest achievement is the development of the innovative sunscreen product NIVEA Sun Protect & Bronze, which protects effectively against UVA and UVB rays and simultaneously promotes skin pigmentation in a natural way through the use of glycyrrhizin.



Research Today: Today at Beiersdorf’s skin research labs, research is already being conducted for the next generation of sunscreen products. The focus is on innovative primarily plant-based ingredients (such as antioxidants) that support the cells’ own protection and repair functions.


From the Idea to a Finished Product

From the Idea to a Finished Product

It is often a long process to develop an idea into a finished product. Here you can follow the development process from searching for an ingredient to a jar of cream sitting on a retailer's shelf.

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