Dying for a tan - melanoma UK

Survey finds Brits are still
dying for a tan

Having a suntan is often seen as desirable, whether it is considered a fashion statement or even a marker of good health. Having that ‘healthy glow’ that people compliment when you return from a sun-filled abroad has long been viewed as the perfect accessory, and some people will go to great lengths to get it. During our 2016 ‘Dying for a Tan’ tour, we spoke to people to see what their attitudes to sun tanning were, and even met people who were willing to risk sun damage to get a little colour in their cheeks. In fact, we discovered that over half the people surveyed were willing to risk their lives for the ‘perfect’ tan.

We found that:

  • More than 10% of those surveyed were serial tanners, regularly sunbathing or using sunbeds.
  • 75% of people admitted to tanning on holiday or on special occasions.
  • A huge 80% of children had been burnt by the sun.
  • 66% of people only apply sunscreen whilst on holiday.
  • 1 in 3 parents used SPF 50/50+ on their children, but most used SPF 15 or lower on their own skin.

These statistics suggest that many people still have a relaxed view of protecting their skin from the potentially damaging effects of the sun. Here at SunSense, we advise that the best way to protect yourself is combine a sunscreen with SPF 50/50+ broad spectrum protection with sun-protective clothing. This should include a hat that protects the face, head, neck and ears, and a pair of sunglasses. You should also try to stay in the shade as much as possible.

We would like to thank everyone who joined us for our 2016 ‘Dying for a Tan’ tour. Hopefully, we have encouraged new, healthier attitudes towards sun tanning and increased awareness of the necessity for effective sun protection.

View our dying for a tan gallery http://www.sunsense.co.uk/help-and-advice/dying-for-a-tan/dying-for-a-tan-tour-gallery.aspx

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