At the center of our solar system is a star without which life on earth would not be possible: the sun. It takes light eight minutes and 20 seconds to traverse the nearly 150 million kilometers separating the sun and our planet. If it were to suddenly disappear, the earth would become an icy, lifeless planet on a lonely journey through the vast universe.
But the sun doesn’t just provide light and warmth, it also facilitates our body's release of serotonin – the happiness hormone – when our skin is exposed to sunlight, it promotes vitamin D production for healthy bones, boosts our immune system and fulfils a number of other functions.
Far-reaching consequences for our health
But here's the rub: too much sun can be damaging to our health and skin, our largest organ. This is because the ozone layer enveloping the earth does not filter out UV rays completely. Bask in the sun for too long without protection, and you may experience wrinkles, DNA damage or skin cancer.
The amount of UV exposure depends on several factors, including the season, region, altitude and cloud coverage. The German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) recommends avoiding direct sunlight when the UV index exceeds a reading of 7. Majorca can yield a UV index of up to 9 in the summer months, and in Singapore it climbs up to 13 in March and April.
There’s a fine line between a tan and sunburn
To protect the skin against severe sunburn, the BfS advises using sun protection products. It recommends a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 for children and 20 or higher for youth and adults. In southern countries and in the summer months, people with light, type 1 skin should use so-called sunblock, which is rated SPF 50 or higher. And one more important thing: sun protection isn’t just for holidays.
If your skin is already red and burnt, after-sun products can provide alleviation with their cooling and moisture-retaining properties and agents like aloe vera extracts and B vitamins like panthenol, which accelerate the healing process and have anti-inflammatory, antioxidative effects. And as an added benefit, after-sun products can even make your tan last longer.
It’s never too late for good skincare
Sunscreens and sunblocks require a certain amount of time to take effect and should be reapplied every two hours and after swimming or drying off. They protect the skin from drying out, moisturize, preserve elasticity, and sooth and prevent contaminants, inflammation and signs of ageing. But all of this requires top-quality ingredients and highly effective recipes.
From preventative to curative products, Brenntag offers a comprehensive range of agents to meet any requirement. Our experts would be happy to advise you on the right emulsifiers, emollients and active ingredients for your sun care products.
„Sun protection doesn’t just concern skincare, but also our overall health. That’s why it’s so important to develop effective, stable products that can be optimized by using choice raw materials.”