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Sun care: a brief history

Taking good care of your skin never goes out of fashion. Trends come and go, but healthy, happy skin is always in vogue.


Some like it hot - and tanned. 

Humans have always been fixated with the way skin looks, and a suntan has always been perceived as more than just a natural reaction to being outside. It has signified wealth and luxury on one end of the scale, and hard work and toil on the other.

Nowadays it is less a signal of class, but of preference instead. Whether your idol is Snow White or Beyonce, taking care and protecting your skin is key. Think of it like an outfit for life; lavish it in love, keep it safe and care for it no matter what fashion dictates.

A suntan is a natural reaction to being exposed to the sun's rays. Skin needs sunlight so it can drink up vitamin D to develop and grow. But, as with everything, too much sun can be bad news. Overexposure to UV rays can be extremely damaging to skin, so it’s a good idea to keep yourself protected as much as possible, no matter what the fashion.

But how you ask? Sunscreens were developed in the 1930s as cosmetic science developed, and the harmful effects of the sun's rays were recognised.

The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) rating system was created as a way to measure the strength and effectiveness of sunscreen. Innovations continued and the SPF system is now used globally, alongside standardised UVA and UVB protection, to label sun protection products.

Lush sun care combines the latest science with age-old skin loving ingredients to create sumptuous smelling protection that will keep you safe.

Industry standard sunscreens, which are tested on humans at Cantor Labs in New York, are blended with natural protective ingredients and safe synthetics to create strong, reliable and safe skincare products that will give your skin the protection it needs.

Here are some of the wonderful, natural ingredients we add to sunscreen to make them even more beneficial to your skin:

Calamine Powder has long been used as skin protection because it contains high levels of the mineral compound zinc oxide, which is a natural sunscreen. Combined with industry sun protection it provides skin with an extra level of protection.

Sesame and Olibanum oils have high reflective indexes, which help to naturally improve the effectiveness of sunscreens. They reinforce the shield that sunscreen creates and encourage melanin production, so that you can tan without burning.

Walnut Infusion works with your body to encourage skin to produce melanin - your skin’s natural defence against sun damage.

Tan or no tan, skin that is healthy and safe is sexy. When you are heading out in the rays, give your skin the care it deserves and stay cool, calm and protected.

Comments (3)


about 1 year ago

I love the Lush products, but would love a face product with a higher sun protection for daily use all year round.

about 1 year ago

I used to put sun cream on my daughter's fair skin every time she ventured outside in the sun but now I wonder if I deprived her of Vitamin D by doing so. It seems to me that the instructions on sun cream products aren't clear about this.

about 3 years ago

Great article! I also believe that healthy, happy skin is always in vogue! Please bring back a face moisturizer with SPF!
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