Edinburgh: the most sun-savvy city in the UK

When it comes to protecting their skin against the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays, people living in and near Edinburgh are the most savvy in the UK, suggests a survey by travel company sunshine.co.uk.

Liverpool, on the other hand, is the place where the most people claim they’re not very sun safe at all, the survey claims.

The poll reveals the top five towns and cities that are the most and least sun safe, with London, York, Swansea and Oxford joining Edinburgh as having the most sun-safe residents, and Newcastle, Chelmsford, Bristol and Cardiff completing the five locations where people describe themselves as not sun safe.

In the survey, sun safe was described as knowing how to protect yourself against sun damage, which included things like wearing sun protection cream, wearing hats and sunglasses, and staying in the shade on hot days and when on holiday. More than 3,000 adults from an equal spread of 12 UK regions took part in the survey.

Altogether, 32 percent of those taking part said they were very sun safe, both while on holiday and here in the UK. But 29 percent said they weren’t sun safe at all. The survey also discovered that 62 percent of those taking part didn’t understand what sun protection factor (SPF) means, while 96 percent said they experienced sunburn to some extent or another at least once a year. And almost four out of 10 admitted they never used sun protection cream.

Wherever you live, protecting your skin from getting sunburned can help reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, the best way to enjoy the sun safely and protect your skin from sunburn is to use a combination of shade, clothing and sunscreen:

Shade Spend as much time in the shade as possible when the sun is strongest (in this country, that means staying out of the sun between 11am and 3pm from March to October).

Clothing When you can’t stay in the shade, the best way to protect your skin from the sun is by wearing loose clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. Look for clothing that’s made from a material with a close weave, as this will block out more of the sun’s UV rays than loose-weave material. Wear trousers or a long skirt with a long-sleeved top and a wide-brimmed hat that casts a shadow over your face, neck and ears. Wearing sunglasses will help protect your eyes – look for the CE mark and British Standard BS EN 1836:2005, a UV 400 label or 100% UV protection written on the label or sticker.

Sunscreen Also protect the areas of skin that can’t be covered up by applying sunscreen with SPF15 or higher as well as a four-star or five-star UVA rating. Make sure that you apply the right amount of sunscreen and reapply frequently – see Does your sunscreen technique measure up? for more details about using sunscreen correctly.

Your local Careway pharmacist can help you choose a sunscreen product to suit your skin type as well as products that can provide relief if you do get sunburned. Use our Pharmacy Finder to locate a Careway pharmacy where you live.