Sunscreen ingredients

The first rays of sunshine of the year make an appearance, the sun warms our skin, makes us happy and lets us dream of holidays on the beach. The production of Vitamin D is important for our well-being and overall health. However be careful: sun exposure doesn’t only have benefits for our bodies - it can also cause short-term and long-term damage to our skin! That’s why it’s important to protect yourself against the sun’s rays with sunscreen. How do you choose the right one?


The question of the right sunscreen is a controversial one. It is not only important to choose the right sun protection factor for your skin, but also to consider the various ingredients in sunscreens and what they stand for. While some swear by Aloe Vera in sun cream, others rely on different ingredients to prevent sunburn. So what makes the ideal sunscreen? Find out more here!


When asking for the right ingredients in sunscreen, the different UV radiations have to be explained first. These are generally divided into UVA and UVB rays.There is also UVC radiation - but these rays do not reach the earth but are absorbed by the atmosphere.

UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin than UVB rays. There, they can trigger sun allergies and lead to skin ageing and wrinkling.

Therefore, it is important to use sun creams with UVA protection. UVB rays penetrate the upper layer of the skin and can cause sunburn there. They also stimulate the melanin formation and are responsible for the tanned complexion. UVB rays can also directly damage the DNA and thus cause skin cancer.



The sun protection factor, SPF for short, indicates how long the sunscreen guarantees protection against UV radiation. The most important factor here is the skin’s inherent protection time - that is the period of time during which the skin can be exposed to the sun without protection before sunburn may occur. Lighter skin types have a very short inherent protection time of only about 10 minutes, while darker skin types can stay in the sun longer.

The SPF follows a simple calculation: inherent protection time x SPF = minutes you can stay in the sun without risking sunburn.



Aloe Vera is a miracle cure in cosmetics - which is why Aloe Vera sun creams are in demand. The plant consists of over 98% water. In cosmetic products and also in sunscreens, formulas with Aloe Vera can therefore provide the skin with moisture and prevent it from drying out.

Since the skin needs a lot of moisture in the sun to stay beautiful and supple, Aloe Vera sunscreen is particularly suitable. Formulas with this miracle plant offer - in addition to other ingredients against sunburn - sufficient moisture for your skin.

There are also other ingredients that moisturise your skin. For example, glycerine is often used in sunscreens as a natural moisturiser.



The list of sunscreen ingredients is long. But are these substances in sunscreen harmful?

As a rule, sunscreen ingredients are not dangerous for our bodies. However, there are some ingredients in sunscreen that have come under suspicion of being harmful to our nature, if they get into the water when swimming and bathing. Among these ingredients are Oxybenzone and Octinoxate. For this reason, they are not contained in any NIVEA SUN sun creams. Only ingredients that are classified as safe are used in our NIVEA SUN products.



People with sensitive skin that is prone to redness and irritation need to pay close attention to the right active ingredients when choosing the right sun cream. To offer your sensitive skin the best protection, we have developed NIVEA SUN Sensitive Immediate Protect:

•  High UVA protection and antioxidants protect from sun allergies and irritations

•  With Aloe Vera

•  Unperfumed

•  Ultra-spectrum protection protects from UVA/UVB and High Energy Visible Light (HEVL) effects such as premature skin ageing

•  Water-resistant



What does your skin need the most after a day in the sun? That’s right, moisture and regeneration. This is where after-sun products come in leaving your skin feeling soft and comfortable:

-   They are easy to spread thanks to the oil in water emulsions.

-   They provide your skin with sufficient moisture.

-   They have a cooling effect.

-   Moisturising formulas with Aloe-Vera immediately relieve signs of

     sun-stressed skin.

Try out NIVEA SUN After Sun Moisture with Aloe Vera