Carlson, what would you personally like to achieve with SUNS in the future? At what point will you feel that your work has been a success?
The idea was to clean up sunscreen: good ingredients, sustainable packaging, a great user experience, and making sunscreen a product that people like to use and that’s maybe even cool. My personal success would be to actually be able to have a lasting impact on the entire sector, and to implement this holistic concept as the standard. At the end of the day, our look is unparalleled.
What is your best sunscreen-application tip for our red-haired community?
Ideally, apply directly to cleansed skin in the morning. Depending on your activity and how you get to your destination, apply more cream before exposure to intense sunlight. The motto “more is more” applies to lighter skin types.
Johannes, can you tell me again about your worst sunburn?
I’d say that I’m actually always pretty careful and don’t get burned badly—but I have horrible memories of having bad sunburn in northern Colombia after a day on the beach and had to spend the night in a hammock with chills and other unpleasant side effects. And all of this with Carlson in the hammock next to me having the time of his life.
Carlson, how did you come up with the idea of making your own sunscreen?
The idea for SUNS CARE came to me while I was writing my bachelor’s thesis on sustainable products. Anyone who has ever been to university knows that you spend more time in the sun in the summer semester than you will be able to do later in life. At the time,
a sunscreen from one of our current competitors was my product of choice for the necessary sun protection. However, the application experience was awful for me. The cream did not absorb properly and it quickly got onto my clothes and became a really sticky affair. The fragrance, which initially evokes childhood memories, quickly became annoying. The mix of shower gel, shampoo, hair spray, deodorant, perfume and sunscreen fragrance was more irritating than pleasant after an hour or so.
Most products smell like you’ve been rubbing yourself with perfume sticks for a week and your face is chalky-white, or you’re otherwise paying an astronomical price. All in all, the topic of my bachelor’s thesis combined with my dissatisfaction with the sun protection products available on the market led me to ask myself: why isn’t there a sustainable and
cool start-up that breaks away from all this nonsense and offers a refreshing alternative?
A few years later, SUNS is launching with a great lotion!