Essential Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun

9th July 2024

Summer is here, and as we eagerly anticipate sunny days and outdoor adventures, it’s crucial to remember the importance of sun safety. While the sun offers numerous benefits, including essential vitamin D, prolonged exposure without adequate protection can lead to serious health risks, including skin cancer.

At The Pantiles, Imperial Pharmacy is your go-to destination for all your sun protection needs, and can help you enjoy a worry-free summer!

The Risks of Sun Exposure

The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) rays, which are the primary cause of skin damage. There are two main types of UV rays that affect the skin:

UVA Rays: These rays penetrate deep into the skin and are primarily responsible for premature ageing and wrinkles.

UVB Rays: These rays affect the outer layer of the skin and are the main cause of sunburn.

According to Cancer Research UK, around 16,200 new cases of melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK, making it the 5th most common cancer. Approximately 2,300 people die from melanoma annually. These statistics highlight the importance of sun protection.

Essential Sun Safety Tips

1. Use Sunscreen Effectively

Sunscreen is your first line of defence against harmful UV rays. When choosing a sunscreen, look for the following:

  • Broad-Spectrum Protection: Shields against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • SPF 30 or Higher: The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) indicates how long you can stay in the sun without getting burned. SPF 30 filters out 97% of UVB rays, while SPF 50 filters out 98%.

Imperial Pharmacy offers a wide range of sunscreens, including options for sensitive skin and children. Remember to apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours, or immediately after swimming or sweating.

2. Wear Protective Clothing

Clothing provides a physical barrier against UV rays. Consider the following:

  • Long-Sleeved Shirts and Trousers: Opt for lightweight, tightly woven fabrics.
  • Hats: Wide-brimmed hats offer better protection for your face, ears, and neck.
  • Sunglasses: Look for sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays to protect your eyes and the surrounding skin.

3. Seek Shade

The sun’s rays are strongest between 10am and 4pm. During these hours, try to stay in the shade, especially if your shadow appears shorter than you. Use umbrellas, trees, or other shelters to protect yourself from direct sunlight.

4. Stay Hydrated

High temperatures and sun exposure can lead to dehydration. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Dehydration can also increase the risk of heat-related illnesses, such as heatstroke.

5. Avoid Tanning Beds

Tanning beds emit UV radiation that can be even more intense than natural sunlight. The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) reports that using tanning beds before the age of 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 59%. For a sun-kissed glow, consider using self-tanning products available at Imperial Pharmacy.

Sun Protection Products at Imperial Pharmacy

Imperial Pharmacy at The Pantiles is stocked with an extensive range of sun protection products to cater to your every need. Here are some top recommendations:


  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios: Renowned for its high protection and suitability for sensitive skin.
  • Nivea Sun Kids Protect & Play: Specially formulated for children’s delicate skin.
  • Ultrasun Family SPF 30: Offers all-day protection with one application.

After-Sun Care

  • Aloe Vera Gel: Helps soothe and hydrate sun-exposed skin.
  • Eucerin After Sun Lotion: Provides relief and moisturises the skin after sun exposure.

Self-Tanning Products

  • Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse: For a natural-looking tan without the harmful UV exposure.
  • Bondi Sands Liquid Gold: Offers a long-lasting tan with a quick-drying formula.

Enjoy a Sun-filled Summer!

Enjoying the summer sun is one of life’s great pleasures, but it’s essential to do so safely. By following the sun safety tips outlined above and using high-quality sun protection products from Imperial Pharmacy, you can protect yourself and your family from the harmful effects of UV rays.

Visit The Pantiles and explore the comprehensive range of sun protection solutions at Imperial Pharmacy. Stay safe, stay protected and enjoy a beautiful, sun-filled summer!