Sun protection for the body – The effect of sun on your body

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Sun protection isn’t just for sunbathers. It’s important to give any part of our body that is exposed to the sun the protection it needs. This article looks at how to protect your body, how to choose the right products to suit your skin type and condition and how to apply products to ensure they continue to protect your skin all day long

Like your face, your décolleté is regularly exposed to the sun

How can I protect my body from the sun?

How should I choose the right sun protection product for my body?

Look out for products that:

Most of the products in Eucerin’s superior sun protection range include Eucerin’s innovative Advanced Spectral Technology which combines broadband and photostable UVA/UVB filters1 for reliable UV protection with antioxidant Licochalcone A, a powerful anti-oxidant that works to neutralize free radicals caused by UV and HEVIS light. Several of the products also include Glycyrrhetinic Acid which supports skin’s own DNA repair mechanism.


  1. Meeting the high standards for UVA and UVB protection defined by Cosmetics Europe. The levels of UVA protection are higher than the EU recommendation.

Skin benefits from sun protection products that are specially formulated to address its specific needs.

Oily and/or acne-prone skin

Look out for lighter textured products and ensure they’re ‘non-comedogenic’ (which means they don’t contain ingredients that might block pores and trigger blemishes). Eucerin Sun Spray Transparent Sensitive Protect SPF 50 and Eucerin Sun Spray Transparent Dry Touch Sensitive Protect SPF 50 have been specially formulated for oily/acne-prone skin on your body. Find out more in oily and acne-prone skin: why does it need daily sun protection?

Premature aging

The sun is responsible for 90% of premature skin aging2. You can find out more in What causes photoaging and how can I prevent it? In addition to offering Advanced Spectral Technology and supporting skin’s own DNA repair mechanism, Eucerin Sun Lotion Extra Light Photoaging Control SPF 50 contain short- and long-chain Hyaluronic Acid to visibly reduce the signs of skin aging on your body.

Sun allergies

Many people find that their skin develops an itchy, red rash when it’s exposed to the sun. You can find out more about Polymorphous Light Eruption (or PLE), the most common sun allergy in, Sun allergies: how can I prevent PLE and protect my allergy prone skin? Eucerin Sun Creme-Gel Sun Allergy Protect SPF 50 contain AlphaGlucosylrutin which helps to reduce the risk of sun-induced allergies.

Children’s skin

You can read all about why children’s skin needs dedicated sun protection, and discover the Eucerin Kids Sun range, in Why do babies and children need special sun protection?

Dry and atopic skin

The sun causes skin to dry out further and can exacerbate dry skin conditions such as Atopic Dermatitis. There are both adult and children’s products in the range that are ideal for sun protection for those with Atopic Dermatitis. For adult skin try Eucerin Sun Lotion Extra Light Sensitive Protect SPF 50+ or Eucerin Sun Spray Sensitive Protect SPF 50+.

All Eucerin body products are clinically and dermatologically proven to be suitable for sensitive skin.

You can find out about Eucerin sun products for facial skin in Why do I need daily sun protection for my face?


2 Ramos-e-Silva et al., ‘Anti-aging cosmetics: Facts and controversies’. Clin Dermatol. 2013 Nov-Dec; 31(6): 750-8

People like to apply sun protection in different ways and so Eucerin sun products come in a range of different formats, from creamy lotions to dry touch sprays. The range includes both lightly-fragranced and unperfumed products to suit both preferences. All our body sun protection products are water-resistant.

Several of our products also include our new ‘Anti-Stain After Wash` technology which helps to reduce the intensity of sunscreen stains after washing so your clothes stay looking their best for longer.3 Read more in Sunscreen stains: how can I protect my clothes from yellow marks?


3. In the following adult body products: Eucerin Sun Lotion Extra Light Photoaging Control SPF 50+ and Eucerin Sun Lotion Extra Light Sensitive Protect SPF 50+. In the following children’s products: Eucerin Kids Sun Lotion Extra Light Sensitive Protect SPF 50+, Eucerin Kids Sun Lotion Sensitive Protect SPF 50+, Eucerin Kids Sun Spray Sensitive Protect SPF 50+.

Does it matter how I apply sun protection to my body?

It’s important to use sufficient product, to apply it thoroughly and to reapply it at regular intervals to ensure that all exposed areas get the protection they need.
It’s easy to miss difficult to reach areas such as the shoulders

It’s easy to forget your décolleté, arms and hands on moderately sunny days or your legs if you are wearing shorts. And, when sunbathing, areas such as the back and shoulders as well as your hands and feet, the backs of the arms and the areas at the edges of swimwear are easy to miss.

All Eucerin sun protection products start working as soon as they are applied so there’s no need to wait before you go in the sun. We recommend that you reapply at least every two hours (and more if you’re regularly bathing and toweling yourself dry) to maintain the initial levels of protection.


Don’t forget to protect your hands, even on days when you’re fully clothed and not applying sun protection elsewhere on your body. When you apply your daily facial SPF product be sure to rub it into the backs of your hands too.
A superior sun protection product, applied thoroughly and regularly, combined with a sensible approach to how long you spend in the sun will help you to keep your skin healthy and looking young for longer.

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