How to Protect Your Skin on Holiday: Stay Safe and Sun-Savvy

Posted in General Travel Insurance travel tips on 14 June 2024

As you pack your bags with beachwear and flip-flops for your sunny getaway, don’t forget the most important accessory: sun protection. Enjoying the sun is a major part of many holidays, but long periods of exposure can increase your risk of developing skin cancer or skin damage from UV rays. At Able2Travel Travel Insurance, we believe in making sure your trip is not only enjoyable but safe. Here’s what you need to know to protect your skin while soaking up the rays.

The Seriousness of Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, and prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun provides. Melanoma is known as the deadliest type of skin cancer and is particularly linked to UV exposure. According to health experts, even a few serious sunburns can increase your risk of skin cancer so it’s crucial to understand that no tan is worth the potential long-term damage to your skin.

Top Tips to Protect Your Skin

While the risks are real, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the sun responsibly whilst avoiding UV damage to skin. Here are some practical tips to help you stay safe and avoid developing skin cancer from sun exposure:

1. Use Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen

Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Make sure to apply it generously on all exposed skin, and don't forget often-missed spots like your ears, back of the neck, and the tops of your feet.

2. Reapply Regularly

Sunscreen is not a one-and-done deal. Reapply every two hours, and more often if you're swimming or sweating. Unfortunately, water-resistant doesn’t mean waterproof, so it’s best to keep your sun cream bottle handy.

3. Seek Shade

The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. During these hours, try to stay in the shade whenever possible to avoid sun damage. Whether you’re at the beach or exploring a new city, look for shady spots or carry an umbrella for portable shade.

4. Wear Protective Clothing

Clothing can be a great barrier against UV rays. Long-sleeved shirts, trousers, and wide-brimmed hats provide excellent protection. Look for clothing with a UV protection factor (UPF) for added defence.

5. Don’t Forget Your Eyes

UV rays can also damage your eyes. Sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays are a must-have. They protect your eyes and the sensitive skin around them.

6. Stay Hydrated

Sun exposure and heat can dehydrate your skin. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

7. Avoid Tanning Beds

If you’re tempted to get a “base tan” before your holiday, think again. Tanning beds expose you and your skin to intense UV radiation which can significantly increase your risk of skin cancer. Embrace your natural skin tone and protect it.

Protect Your Next Trip with Able2Travel

Finding Travel Insurance can be difficult especially if you have a form of skin cancer or other condition. At Able2Travel, we specialise in providing Travel Insurance for people with pre-existing medical conditions at competitive prices.

In the past we have been able to provide Travel Insurance for people with cancer as well as many other pre-existing conditions.

With Able2Travel, you can enjoy the following benefits and limits are per person.

  • 1000s of Pre-existing Medical Conditions Covered
  • Emergency Medical Cover - up to £10,000,000
  • Trip Cancellation Cover - up to £5,000
  • Trip Interruption Cover - up to £5,000
  • Baggage Cover - up to £3,000
  • Travel Delay & Missed Departure Cover - up to £1,000
  • And much more!

For the love of travel, choose Able2Travel.

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Enjoying the sun doesn’t have to come at the expense of your health. Remember, your skin is your body’s largest organ and deserves the utmost care and protection. As you plan your next holiday, make sun safety a priority and enjoy your time under the sun with peace of mind.

At Able2Travel Travel Insurance, we’re here to ensure that all aspects of your trip are covered, including your health. We hope that you stay safe, stay protected, and enjoy your holiday!

If you are looking for melanoma Travel Insurance, skin cancer Travel Insurance, or Travel Insurance for other medical conditions then why not see if Able2Travel can offer a policy that’s right for you. Click the get a quote button today.


This article is for information and entertainment purposes only. It does not constitute advice in any way. The information provided here is correct at the time of writing however please check the latest policy wording for the latest terms, conditions, and exclusions.

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