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Tans Get Trendy—and a French Chemist Begins Key Research


Coco Chanel got a sunburn while on vacation, and she returned with an inadvertent tan that started a trend. It wasn't long before sun tan oil entered the market.


Australian chemist H.A. Milton Blake developed the first recognized sunscreen, using the UV filter salol (phenyl salicylate).


French chemist Eugène Schueller introduced a formula that became L'Oreal's first sunscreen product.


Austrian-born chemistry student Franz Greiter, who suffered severe sunburns while mountain climbing and skiing throughout his early adult years, began researching effective sun protection formulas.