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

An instant illustration of consequences

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