Published: 08 June 2023  (Updated: 08 June 2023)

Here comes the sun! CTPA advice on enjoying the sun safely

Sunny days have finally arrived and The Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) wants to ensure people keep themselves and their families safe in the sun.

We would like to share our sun safe resources with you in case you are planning on writing about sunscreens in the coming weeks and months.  

Top tips to stay sun safe

  • Seek out shade, particularly between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is usually at its most intense 
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing and a wide-brimmed hat when in the sun 
  • Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going out in the sun and re-apply every couple of hours throughout the day – you will need about a golf-ball-sized amount of cream for each application 
  • Remember to re-apply sunscreen when you emerge from cooling off in the water or after towelling 
  • Drink plenty of water, particularly in hot weather. Keeping your water intake up prevents dehydration and maintains a healthy bladder and kidneys; a healthy body helps to support healthy skin 

Remember that sunscreens are one part of a sun safe regime but should never be used to spend longer in the sun. 

CTPA online materials to help keep us all sun safe in the summer season 


Advice from a Dermatologist

Videos - Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist and British Skin Foundation Spokesperson on:

  • What sun safety precautions do I need to take on a sunny day?
  • How much sunscreen should I apply?
  • I have skin of colour; do I still need to use sunscreen?
  • What should I look for in a sunscreen?

Factsheet & FAQs

  • Our “Sunscreen Science! Your Burning Questions Answered” download collates the most frequently asked questions about how to use and sunscreens and understand the protection they give.
  • Please also visit our FAQ page about sunscreens.

Dr Emma Meredith, Director-General of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) says:

“Now that summer is just around the corner, we are all looking forward to spending more time outside and maybe even taking a sunshine-filled break.  Sunscreens are a very important part of our sun safety regimes which help us enjoy the sun safely.  Make sure that you don’t use sunscreen to extend the time you would normally spend in the sun. Seek out shade, particularly in the hottest part of the day and it’s a good idea to wear loose-fitting clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV damage.

“The cosmetics industry is innovative and vibrant and one that responds to consumers’ needs with safe and effective products.  At this challenging time for our finances, we are able to choose cosmetics and personal care products from a wide range to meet all of our lifestyles, cultures, personal preferences and, importantly, budgets.

 “All sunscreens on sale in the UK must be able to prove categorically that they are safe and that they provide the level of protection on their label, by law. The companies that make sunscreens provide this proof by compiling a huge amount of data, including from multiple tests that scientists carry out when they are developing the product, as well as data from tests on the finished product itself.

 “The companies that make sunscreens take great care to formulate products you can trust and rely on. After all, sunscreens play an incredibly important role in protecting our skin from harmful UV rays.”

The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) is the UK’s trade association for the cosmetic and personal care industry.

More information on sun protection products can be found on CTPA’s consumer website:

If you have any further questions, please contact [email protected]


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