All about sun

"We love the sun. But we also know that sun protection is very important nowadays,” says Marcel Schnyder Head of Global Technical Center Sun Care in Grenzach. With the microsite, BASF wants to raise awareness for the importance of sun care.

We describe UV filters, skin types and the light spectrum and take a closer look at the sun's rays. Find everything worth knowing about the sun and useful tips on how to protect yourself.

With one or the other article, your anticipation for the next vacation will probably increase.

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    Sun protection

    Without consistent sun protection, there is a risk of significant health damage. Modern products are very effective and also feel good. Everything you need to know about using sunscreen and applying it the right way.

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    Every day the sun rises — nothing seems more normal to us. Unimaginable forces are at play. Without them, life would not be possible. Join us on an exciting journey to this cosmic superpower house.

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    Skin and skin types

    The skin is our largest and most versatile organ. UV radiation is its natural enemy, if there is too much exposure. Everything you need to know about skin types, invisible threats and how to protect yourself.

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    Ask our experts

    How much sunscreen do I need to use? Can sunscreen go bad? How do UV filters work? What does sun protection have to do with playing golf? Our experts will answer these questions and more.

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    Responsible UV protection

    UV filters play a crucial and well acknowledged role in skin cancer prevention. To accomplish this function they possess specific characteristics, and a portfolio of UV filters is needed to cover the full UV spectrum of sunlight. Furthermore, UV filters must meet high requirements to ensure safe and effective sunscreen products with a high level of acceptance among the population. On this page you find insights into the exciting world of UV filters and how BASF is contributing to sustainable sun protection.

Whats new?

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    The building blocks of an effective sunscreen

    We've already provided information about ingredients, classifications and INCIs here on our sun page. But what are the actual functions of these ingredients? What do the individual building blocks of a sunscreen do?

  • Ask our experts

    Part 1: Q & A with our experts in Grenzach

    In “Experts explain," we present the questions we receive from consumers and customers and answer them with the help of our sun protection experts in Grenzach. In the first installment of our FAQs, we will be talking about UV filters, babies and care rituals, among other things.

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    How do they test a sunscreen's protection factor?

    Not only is the information about a sunscreen product important, but consumers rely on it being correct. Before any sun protection factor figures or information about the UVA protection level can be printed on packaging, the products have to undergo test procedures to validate these values.

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    What exactly are SPF, LPF and so on?

    When buying sunscreen, the majority of consumers pay most attention to the sun protection factor. This value is tested directly on humans via what is known as an in vivo process. However: A high sun protection factor alone does not mean a sunscreen is good.

  • Skin and skin types

    ABCDE – this rule can save lives

    We all know that the sun is responsible for life on our planet. For the most part, its rays also make us feel good and put us in a happy mood. Even so, we want to continue raising people's awareness of the need for sun protection, because sadly, skin damage and skin diseases caused by UV rays are widespread.

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    Do astronauts need sunscreen?

    We will admit: it's not the biggest of target markets. Nevertheless, it's worth asking whether astronauts and space tourists also need to add sunscreen to their packing list before taking off on their missions. Let’s head off into the stratosphere and beyond.

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How to protect yourself the right way

Whoever knows their skin type, can plan their time in the sun better, whether they use sunscreen or not. However, it’s not easy to figure out which skin type you have.

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Too much of a good thing

"Did you pack the sunscreen?" Everyone has asked or heard this question right before leaving for their long-awaited vacation. When it's the nicest time of year, most people remember that sun protection is important. In everyday life they don’t. 

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