For you

Love the sun, respect your skin

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

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  • 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. Make sure you re-apply regularly throughout the day.
  • Wear a hat or cap. Whether it's a stylish fedora, a trilby or a baseball cap, all can help to keep the heat off your head, face, neck and ears.
  • Style it up with shades. Slip on those sunglasses to make sure your eyes are protected from the strong rays of the sun.
  • Chill out in the shade. When the sun’s rays are strongest between 11am and 3pm, find a shady spot to avoid the burn.

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

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


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