Nivea Created a Doll That Gets Sunburned to Teach Kids About the Importance of Sunscreen

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Short of letting a child experience the lingering pain of a sunburn, how can you really teach them the importance of wearing sunscreen?

Tell an overstimulated kid to wait 15 minutes for mounds of sunscreen to soak in before they can dive into the ocean and you're basically asking for tears. 

Nivea and FCB Brazil, last year's Gravity winners in Adweek's Project Isaac awards competition,  have come up with one solution for educating kids about the sun in a language they're sure to understand: toys. 

The Nivea Doll is made with UV-sensitive material and quickly turns lobster-red when exposed to harsh rays without sunscreen, just like your own skin eventually would if left unprotected.

If the child uses sunscreen on the doll, it will be protected from sunburn. If the doll's already red, putting a dollop of Nivea on it will turn the skin back to its normal shade (not a perfect comparison to a real sunburn, which is far harder to undo, but it's an effective illustration for kids). 

"Protecting and caring is something we learn from an early age. This emotional bond is what this Nivea action offers," Joanna Monteiro, creative vp at FCB Brazil, said in a statement. "Through the magic of technology, children can see the sun's effect on the skin of the doll."

Last year, Nivea's "Protection Ad," which helped moms keep track of their kids at the beach, won a Cannes Mobile Grand Prix. 

FCB Brazil has enjoyed even more success through its work with Nivea. The agency and client created last year's Project Isaac Gravity award winner, a solar charger that was placed in magazines as a Nivea ad. The effort also earned them a Gold award in Media (Magazines); Gold in Marketing & Advertising (Creative); and Bronze in Media (Out of Home). 

To enter this year's Project Isaac competition, go to The deadline to enter is June 15.



Client: Nivea

Agency: FCB Brazil

Creative Vice Presidents: Joanna Monteiro, Max Geraldo

Creative Directors: Adriano Alarcon, Carlos Schleder

Digital Creative Director: Pedro Gravena

Art Directors: Ricardo Silveira, Rodrigo Leal Rodrigues, Victor Bustani

Copywriters: André Bittar, Giampetro Zanon, Marcelo Jun Sato

Art Buyers: Tina Castro, Daniel Gonçalves

Illustrations: Estúdio Ícone

Graphics Production : Diego Bischoff, Manoel Roque, Paulo Rogério de Oliveira

Media: Alexandre Ugadin, Sergio Broto, Rachid Antun

Technology: Gerson Lupatini, Marcio Bueno

Client Services: Mauro Silveira, Cristiane Pereira, Tania Muller, Mariana Mozzaquatro, Vitor Borragine

Planning: Raphael Barreto, Frederico Steinhoff, Alice Alcantara, Stephanie Day

RTV: Charles Nobili, Ricardo Magozo Magozo, André Fonseca

Production, Postproduction: Piloto; Equipe Satélite

Direction: Daniel Soro, Alexandre Chalabi, Paula Brandão

Client Services: Roberta Frederico, Natalia Souza, Ariane Esteves

Production Coordinators: Mariana Guerra, Fernanda Ragazzi

Postproduction Coordinator: Nayla Kols

Composition: Alessandro Gerace

Editing: Luiz Eduardo Doria, Rodrigo Resende, Abner Palma

Sound Production: Satélite Áudio

Conductors: Roberto Coelho, Kito Siqueira    

Client Services: Fernanda Costa, Marina Castilho

Client Approval: Tatiana Ponce

@ktjrichards Katie Richards is a staff writer for Adweek.