SUN SAFETY

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Protect against sunburn & skin cancer

It’s important for everyone to spend some time in the sun. Our bodies need enough Vitamin D to help produce calcium for healthy bones.

However, regular or excessive exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays in the sun will accelerate the ageing process. It also increases the chances of developing sun spots, moles and even skin cancer. So it is important to wear sunscreen with a high SPF to shield your skin from harmful UV rays, protect against sunburn and slow the ageing process.

Sun safety is a real concern to us: it’s why we invest heavily in skin research.

NIVEA’s scientific research team were the first to produce a sunscreen with UV filters, in 1933, and we have been innovating ever since. Learn more about our high quality sunscreens, and how to be sun smart, through our expert advice and informative articles below.

See how sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UV rays and sun damage

Sun safety

See how sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UV rays and sun damage.

NIVEA Sun has teamed up with American artist Thomas Leveritt, renowned for his ground breaking video ‘How the sun sees you’ that raised the awareness of the importance of sun protection. Together, NIVEA and Leveritt have created a new video that uses an ultraviolet (UV) camera to demonstrate how sunscreen protects skin from UV rays, protecting against sunburn.

By sharing this important sun safety knowledge, NIVEA are encouraging people to take care of themselves and one another with sun protection when outside in the sunshine.

When using sunscreens, remember to always read the label and use only as directed.

UV light

UV light is both dangerous and necessary for human life. It’s important to know how it affects your skin and health so you can ensure the safety of you and your family. Learn more about UV light and how to best protect yourself from harmful UV rays.

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Vitamin D

Sunlight is essential for giving us vitamin D, which influences many aspects of our physical health. Our skin needs the sun’s UVB radiation in order to produce vitamin D, a pro-hormone that is important for many reasons. These include prevention of some types of cancer, delay of cell ageing, strengthening of the immune system and blood pressure stability. Vitamin D is also important to help our bodies absorb calcium which is needed for healthy bones.

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Sunburn

Sunburn is an uncomfortable and irritating condition that happens to your skin after excessive exposure to the UV light emitted from the sun. As with most things, prevention is the best method of avoiding pain and skin damage but there are after sun products to help relieve the symptoms of sunburn and to help soothe and restore your skin's moisture.

Always read the label. Use only as directed.

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Beach safety

Going to the beach is a popular Australian past time but it’s also a place where the sun’s harmful UV rays affect us most. The amount of UV rays that can reach us is increased when they bounce off reflective surfaces, such as the ocean and the sand. When at the beach, it’s important to look out for others and combine as many effective sun safety methods as possible, including high-spectrum sunscreen, long-sleeved clothing, sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats, for maximum protection.

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What is SPF?

Regular or excessive exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays in the sun will accelerate the ageing process. It also increases the chances of developing sun spots, moles and even skin cancer. So it is important to wear sunscreen with a high SPF to shield your skin from harmful UV rays, protect against sunburn and avoid accelerating the ageing process. Learn more about how SPF works and how to choose the best sunscreen for you and your family.

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Sunscreen

Sunscreen helps to protect your skin from the Sun’s harmful UV rays. It is important to wear sunscreen with a high SPF that protects you from UVB rays and UVA rays. UVB rays cause sunburn and some skin cancers, and UVA rays penetrate deeper under your skin and increase the production of free radicals that accelerate the ageing process.

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Tanning safely

Our skin darkens in the sun because UV light causes it to produce a substance called melanin. Melanin’s purpose is to protect skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation, which it does by providing the skin’s cells with a shield. However, too much exposure to the sun can have damaging effects on the skin, which is why we require sun protection such as sunscreen, hats, shade, sunglasses and long-sleeved clothing.

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Sun Protection for the Whole Body

When the sun shines, it makes us happy. The sun’s energy controls our lives, helps our food grow and keeps us warm. However, when in the sun, we need to make sure our skin is protected from harmful UV rays which can damage our skin.

NIVEA has a range of sunscreens for the entire family, including sprays, aerosols, roll-ons and the original lotion.

Find the sun protection for you.

Explore the full NIVEA SUN range

YOUR SUN SAFETY QUESTIONS ANSWERED

See the answers to these common questions, plus read more here.

1WHAT IS SUNBURN? IS IT A REAL BURN?
2WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UVA & UVB?
UVA rays reach a deeper layer of your skin and over time can affect your skin’s structure, leading to fine lines and wrinkles. UVB rays impact the top layer of skin, causing sunburn which can lead to skin cancer. Think A for ageing and B for burning. Broad-spectrum sunscreens like the NIVEA SUN Ultra Sport and Ultra Beach, protect you from both UVA and UVB sun rays.
3WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SPF 30 & SPF 50+?
4WHY DO I NEED MOISTURISER IN MY SUNSCREEN?
Moisturising ingredients like Vitamin E help to maintain the skin’s natural protective barrier against the outside environment. Dry skin is more likely to crack, which not only makes it more susceptible to the sun’s UV rays, but makes it less able to retain moisture and keep that protective barrier strong. Use a moisturising sunscreen from the NIVEA Sun range to keep you protected.
5WHAT IS THE UV INDEX?

Guess who registered the first sunscreen with UV Filters?

NIVEA did, in 1933. We’ve been leading the way in sun care ever since.

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