Modern suntan lotions for sun protection

Suntan Lotion: 1940s, United States

Modern suntan lotions for sun protectionSuntan and sunscreen lotions are modern inventions. The sun tanning industry did not really begin until World War II, when the government needed a skin cream to GIs stationed in the Pacific from severe sunburns. And, too, the practice of basking in the sun until the body is a golden bronze color is largely a modern phenomenon.

From Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things by Charles Panati