5 tips to avoid sunburn on the beach

Although there’s nothing better than basking in the heat and topping up our tans, it’s really important to stay safe in the sun.

Soleve™ Sunburn Relief reported that 60% of us have had our holidays spoilt by sunburn… and with only 50% of us preparing a sun-care routine or taking a first aid kit on holiday, this isn’t surprising.

To make it easier, our friends over at Soleve™ Sunburn Relief have provided us with expert tips on how to avoid sunburn (which you can read below) and have also developed this brilliant map containing all the information you could possibly need…


Five fabulous ways to avoid sunburn when at the beach with advice from Soleve™ Sunburn Relief

A care-free afternoon at the beach can be a retreat of bliss. However, that can all change when at the end of the day you find yourself in pain and trying to soothe your skin with after sun or moisturiser, regretting the fact you forgot about adequate sun protection. As well as remembering to pack the towels, swimsuits and beach ball, a good SPF product to keep you and your loved ones sunburn-free should be at the top of your list.

Feast your eyes on these top tips from the makers of Soleve™ Sunburn Relief:

  1. Apply your sunscreen at least 20 minutes before hitting the beach. It will allow time for the product to be absorbed by your skin. Make sure to use a sunscreen that has a minimum of 4 stars for UVA protection and a high SPF of 30+ for UVB protection.
  2. Lounge under a sun-shielding parasol whenever you’re not swimming, but remember to still use sunscreen. This is because, according to The British Association of Dermatologists[1], those mischievous sand grains can actually increase reflected radiation by up to 17%[1], meaning that the sun’s rays may still be reaching you.
  3. Around 85% of sunscreen protection is removed when you towel-dry after swimming, so make sure you reapply afterwards[1]. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the SPF of many sunscreens works only if you reapply them at least once every 2 hours[1], so keep that sunscreen topped up as long as you are outdoors.
  4. Some bits of us are easily forgotten when applying sunscreen and these are often the parts that end up burnt after a day in the sun, so remember to apply sunscreen to your feet, neck, ears and lips! Those of you who have thin or thinning hair, apply sunscreen to the scalp as well. Even if your hair is not thin, you might want to think about sunscreen on any parting – or better still pop on a hat.
  5. Make sure you have everything you need in your beach bag – a big bottle of water, plenty of sunscreen and a lip salve with SPF 15+. Additionally, ensure you also have Soleve™ Sunburn Relief ready back at the hotel/holiday house – just in case the sun catches you unprepared. Soleve™ Sunburn Relief is a unique, clinically proven medicine for relieving the sting and soreness of mild to moderate sunburn. It also reduces skin tightness and helps minimise any further irritation from clothing. Look for Soleve in the Boots sun care aisle (next to sun protection). Alternatively, simply order by visiting Boots.com.

Soleve Sunburn Relief is available in the UK from Boots and independent pharmacists nationwide. So if you are planning a trip abroad, consider packing it in your first aid kit just in case. For adults and children aged twelve and up. Contains Ibuprofen. Always read the label. RRP £9.95 for 100ml


[1] The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD)

Written on 22nd June 2016 by

Emily Whitehouse

Marketeer and blogger for On the Beach. Lover of all things beachy.