For you

Love the sun, respect your skin

Avoid the pain and shame of the lobster look by following our five simple steps.

Worried about skin cancer? Find out more.

  • Cover up your skin. Throw on a long sleeved shirt or top that ideally has a collar and a sarong or long shorts to banish those burning rays.
  • Slap on the suncream. Apply generous amounts of water resistant suncream of at least SPF30 and above, to clean, dry skin before going out in the sun.
  • Wear a hat or cap. Whether its cowboy hat, a floppy hat or baseball cap, all are good at keeping the heat off your head, face neck and ears.
  • Slip on the shades. Don’t forget, your eyes need protection too!
  • Chill out in the shade. When the sun’s rays are strongest between 11am and 3pm, reach for the shade and sit under a tree, building or umbrella.

Spread the word

Stick up our posters in your school, college, common room or form room and spread the word about sun safety.

Fake it!

Just one session a month on a sunbed can increase your risk of skin cancer by more than half. 

Check out your local chemist or department store for fake tans that give great colour without the grave health risks. Fake tan products don't offer sun protection, so keep your five steps for sun safety in mind when you use them.

 

For teachers

Sun safety presentations

Teenage Cancer Trust supports secondary schools, colleges, universities, clubs and societies across the UK by offering free cancer awareness sessions, which includes free sun safety presentations courtesy of our Shunburn campaign. For more information or to arrange a visit call 0207 612 0370 or email our education team on education@teenagecancertrust.org.

Teaching pack

Our pack is designed to help you create interesting and engaging lessons around Teenage Cancer Trust’s five key sun safety messages and our mantra “Love the sun, respect your skin”.

Download teaching pack

Resources

Spread the word on sun safety with our posters and leaflets.