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…

Shun the burn. Five ways to help avoid overdoing it when at the beach: advice from Soleve™ Sunburn Relief…

A day in the sun can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Whether you are exploring a city during a break, or laying on the golden sands of a beach, the warmth of the sun can make you feel at ease. But exposure to the sun’s rays can leave your skin feeling dry, lacklustre and above all, damaged. Things can go from bad to worse if you get caught out and sunburnt.

So, as well as cramming the beach bag with towels, swimsuits and a beach ball, a good 30+ SPF product to keep you and your loved ones sunburn-free should be at the top of your list.

Here’s five top tips from Soleve™ Sunburn Relief on the best ways to stay safe in the sun and help shun the burn:

  1. Pre-sunscreening. It’s important to remember to apply your sunscreen at least 20 minutes before hitting the beach. That way the product will have enough time to be absorbed by your skin so it can get to work at protecting you. 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. Throw some shade. Dip in and out of the shade, by using a sun-shielding parasol whenever you’re not swimming… but remember to still slap on the sunscreen as the parasol won’t completely hide you away from the rays. This is because the sand can actually increase reflected radiation by up to 17%, according to The British Association of Dermatologists[1], so those rays will still find you.
  3. Hard work does rub off… literally! Towel dry after swimming? After all, no one wants a soggy sun lounger. But did you know that around 85% of sunscreen protection is removed when you towel-dry? The key here is to make sure you reapply afterwards. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the SPF of many sunscreens only works if you reapply them at least once every 2 hours, so keep that sunscreen topped up as long as you are outdoors.
  4. Head to toe coverage. It’s easy to forget to apply sunscreen to some areas of our body such as the feet, back, ears and lips… but these are still very much at risk of getting burnt. If you have thin or thinning hair, apply sunscreen to the scalp as well. Even if your hair isn’t thin, you might want to think about putting sunscreen on any parting too, or better still pop on a hat to avoid getting burnt. Sing ‘head, shoulders knees and toes’ if you have to, just remember to cover all your skin in sunscreen!
  5. Have a backup plan. Accidents happen and sunburn can strike even if you are really careful. Remember to pack a bottle of Soleve Sunburn Relief as part of your holiday first aid kit in case you do get sunburnt. Soleve is a unique combination of pain relieving ibuprofen, which takes the sting from burnt skin, and the soothing and rehydrating emollient isopropyl myristate to help lock in moisture, reduce skin tightness and minimise any further irritation from clothing. This easy-to-apply, silky smooth lotion should be used at the first sign of sunburn. Look for Soleve in the Boots or Sainsbury’s sun care aisle (next to sun protection). Alternatively, simply order online by visiting boots.com.

Soleve Sunburn Relief is an over the counter medicine available in the UK 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


[1] The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD)


Written on 22nd June 2018 by

Emily Whitehouse

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

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