Sun safety tips

At Soltan we’re here with on-hand, expert advice for staying safe in the sun.

The difference between UVA & UVB

There are two types of UV rays that affect our skin: UVA and UVB. UVB rays cause immediate damage such as sunburn on the skin’s surface. This is what SPF protects us against. UVA rays penetrate the skin at a far deeper level, causing long-term, permanent damage.

All our products have the 5 star UVA rating, giving you the maximum protection. To be safe in the sun, you should use a sun cream that has both a high SPF and the maximum 5 star UVA protection.*

How to apply sun cream

We all know that it’s essential to wear sunscreen in order to protect our skin from the sun, but we’re often not applying it in the right way to provide us with adequate protection. One of the biggest mistakes many people make is not applying enough sun cream. You should use about two tablespoons of sun cream to cover your body (while wearing a swimsuit) and rub it in evenly. Make sure you apply to clean and dry skin.

Unless your product states “immediate protection” make sure you apply sun cream about 20-30 minutes before you go out into the sun. Ideally do this before you get dressed for the day. This ensures you don’t miss any areas and also makes sure it doesn’t get on clothes. Then, reapply every 2 hours, or immediately after swimming, towelling dry or if you’ve been sweating a lot.

Top tip: Make sure your sun cream is not out of date. Most sun creams have a shelf life of two years. If the product is more than two summers old, it’s seeping liquid or smells ‘off’, it should be replaced.

Top tips for sun safety

Follow these steps to get sun-ready:

• Always use 5 * UVA rated sun protection
• Soltan & Macmillan recommend 5* UVA with at least an SPF 30
• Drink plenty of water
• Cover up with a hat and long sleeves
• Wear UV blocking sunglasses to protect your eyes

• Don’t forget those easy to miss places - lips, tops of ears, back of neck, feet and scalp

• Limit your time in the sun and stay in the shade between 11am and 3pm

• Protection can rub off when it comes into contact with sand, water, towels or sweat, so you should reapply every two hours

Frequently asked questions


*The star rating is a measure of the absorbance of UVA relative to UVB. Other brands not displaying a star rating symbol may still offer high levels of UVA protection. Data to support can be found at