5 Ways To Stay Sun Safe (When it doesn’t LOOK that sunny)

By Abi King | Travel Hacks

Jul 08

A beautiful Baobab Tree in Madagascar

These tips on how to stay sun safe come from a partnership with Soleve. As ever, as always, we keep the right to write what we like.

Ah, sunshine, you beautiful, wonderful thing you! A strange thing has been happening over the British skies this year: a great, golden orb has been blazing and basking above us, surrounded by brilliant blue.

Foreigners have mocked us but the truth remains: we are in the midst of a heatwave!

And, sadly, it’s still all too easy to burn in the sun. I’m sure you don’t need me to remind you that sunburn is A. Bad. Thing. It contributes to wrinkles, cancer and it just plain hurts.

So how can you avoid it, even in the UK?!

Pharmacist Noel Wicks gives us his top 5 tips…

Sun safety tips for kids and adults


How to Stay Sun Safe Wherever You Are

Sun safe tip one: Carry sun cream

Perhaps the most obvious move is to slap on the sun cream. But to do that you have to have some with you! We often get caught out in the UK when the sun suddenly comes out to play – sitting in the park at lunch, going for a stroll or reading a good book, we don’t realise we are actually putting ourselves at risk of the sun’s harmful rays – even when it is behind a cloud! Decant some sun cream into a smaller bottle to pop in your bag, your desk drawer or in the car.

 Sun safe tip two:  Hat trick

The face and scalp burn easily so wear a wide brimmed hat if you are out and about or lazing in the sun. A wide-brimmed hat can reduce 50% of UV radiation to the eyes, face and neck. Remember to also wear sunglasses with a UV filter. Not only will you look fashionable wearing a hat, you will be doing yourself a big favour!

Sun safe tip three: Set a timer or a reminder

It’s easy to remember to apply sun cream before you head out for a day in the sun but is also easy to forget to reapply through-out the day. Set a timer or a reminder on your phone to reapply – the British Association of Dermatologists recommends that sunscreen is reapplied liberally ever couple of hours1. Remember to reapply immediately if you have been swimming, playing sports or towel drying.

Related: How to Remember More of Your Holidays

 Sun safe tip four: Lunch in the shade

The sun is at its highest and strongest point between 11am and 3pm, so take extra care between these times. Have your lunch in the shade and take advantage of a cool place to relax and enjoy your lunch away from bees, pollen and footballs being kicked your way.

 Sun safe tip five: Sunburn is serious

We all do our best to avoid sunburn, but it is inevitable that at some point people are going to experience a degree of sunburn, from a slightly red face to full on sore to touch or move sunburn. To take the sting out of mild to moderate sunburnt skin try Soleve sunburn relief. It’s the only licensed medicine of its kind to combine the painkilling power of ibuprofen with a soothing moisturiser to rehydrate the skin.

If your sunburn is severe seek medical attention.

Soleve - The Only Licensed Product for Sunburn

Sun Safe Soleve HorizontalSoleve Sunburn Relief is available in the sun care aisle from Boots, Sainsbury’s and independent pharmacists nationwide. So, if you are planning a trip abroad, consider packing it in your travel first aid kit just in case. Suitable for adults and children aged twelve and up. Contains Ibuprofen.

Always read the label. RRP £9.95 for 100ml


DisclosureThese tips on how to stay sun safe come from a partnership with Soleve. As ever, as always, we keep the right to write what we like. Thank you for supporting the companies that support Inside the Travel Lab.

Sun safety for kids and adults. Five ways to stay sun safe whether at home or abroad. Top tips from experts on sun safety, including when to wear sunscreen and what to do if you do have sunburn. Useful, practical, and an easy read ;-)

About the Author

Hi, I'm Abi, a doctor turned writer who's worked with Lonely Planet, the BBC, UNESCO and more. Let's travel more and think more.