Traditionally the sun was worshiped by many cultures. The sun symbolizes life and was therefore honored as a god. Every day the sun had to be worshiped to ensure it would shine again the next day. Respect had to be shown for this primal force and source of life. Hence, the ancient Greeks attributed the sun with healing powers.

From ancient Egypt to the Celts, the Teutons, the Mayas and the Aztecs. Every culture honored the sun in their own way. With the downfall/demise of ancient times not only the worship of the sun disappeared but also the knowledge of the sun having healing powers. In the Middle Ages and up to the beginning of the twentieth century, people turned away from the sun. The whiter or paler people were the greater the prestige and wealth. The workers were, after all frequently exposed to the sun which caused their skin to discolor. How different is this nowadays?

Sunbathing in the twentieth century

The skin is men’s largest organ but appears to receive less attention in comparison to other organs. How we handle the sun also depends on cultures and the time we live in. Sunscreens with SPF 5 and 10 used to be the standard. Nowadays, at least SPF 20 is used. Do we now know what to do or do we still deal with the sun in the same way?

What are we doing now?
What are we doing now?
Why do we just lie down under a sunbed and why do we apply sunscreen when the skin is already red and fully exposed to the sun? Sunbada aspires to change this. Sunbada symbolizes modern sunbathing.


Sunbada sunbathing tips

Sunbada finds inspiration in human health and science. Sunbada symbolizes modern sunbathing in which the positive and negative influences of the sun are the main focus.

Sunbada sunbathing tips

  • Naamloos-1-02.png Avoid the sun between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm
  • Naamloos-1-04.png Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before you go into the sun. For adults, six teaspoons (30 ml) are recommended for the body and one teaspoon (5 ml) for the face. 
  • Naamloos-1-01(1).png Use water resistant sun screen with a minimal SPF 20, depending on the skin type and sun’s strength.Apply a new layer after strong perspiration, after swimming (for longer than 30 minutes) or after drying off the skin.
  • Naamloos-1.png When you are exposed to the sun use a cap or sun hat and wear clothing to protect the skin
  • Naamloos-1-03.png Protect the eyes by wearing sunglasses with UV-protective lenses
  • Naamloos-1-06.png Move around and let your skin gradually get used to the sun
  • Naamloos-1-07(1).png Know the risks of using sun beds. Follow the advices of, for example, the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Naamloos-1-08(3).png Protect babies and children under the age of 1 from exposure to direct sunlight
  • Make sure that your skin never gets burned by the sun. Sunburn equals skin damage
  • Respect the sun