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It’s everyone’s summer essential, right? But it wasn’t always this way…
Aussie scientist Charles Norman Paul makes the link between the sun and skin cancer in The Influence Of Sunlight In The Production Of Cancer Of The Skin. Snappy title, huh?
Despite the risks, a suntan becomes très fashionable, thanks in part to beach-loving style icon Coco Chanel (above). Tsk.
Eugène Schueller, founder of L’Oréal, develops Ambre Solaire, which promises to prevent burning while still allowing you to tan. Not quite the message promoted today…
Boots launches its Soltan range, billing it as suncream without the greasy feeling – making sun protection more comfortable to wear.
After getting sunburnt climbing the Alpine peak Piz Buin, Swiss chemistry student Franz Greiter invents Gletscher Crème (glacier cream). The brand? Piz Buin.
German scientist Rudolf Schulze devises a way to calculate a product’s effectiveness – eventually known as the sun protection factor (hello, SPF!).
Soltan pioneers the use of titanium dioxide to protect from UVA rays (which penetrate more deeply than UVB). Great news for people sensitive to chemical formulas.
Boots develops the star system to measure a sunscreen’s UVA protection. (And in 2004, Soltan becomes the world’s first five-star-rated range.)
It’s the age of the sun-free glow! With self-tan products that look realistic, are easy to use and can even care for your skin, why wouldn’t you fake it?
Best under the sun
Franz Greiter’s brand is still going strong, and now includes a range for sun-sensitive skin. Piz Buin Allergy Sun Sensitive Skin Face Cream SPF30, £6/600 points (50ml).Add
Formulated for kids’ skin, Soltan Once Kids 8 Hour Play Hypoallergenic Suncare Lotion SPF50+ Boots Exclusive, £10/1,000 points (200ml), means they can have fun all day and stay protected.Add
This has SPF50, five-star UVA and the ground-breaking ingredients of No7’s serum: New No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Sun Protection Stick SPF50 Boots Exclusive £12/1,200 points.Add
This transparent spray leaves no white marks, and refreshes and cools skin while it safeguards: Nivea Sun Protect & Refresh Invisible Cooling Sun Spray SPF30, £7/700 points (200ml).Add
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