Friday 23 February 2018

61% of holidaymakers 'get sunburnt'

Sunburn is taking the shade off foreign holidays for many travellers, according to a survey
Sunburn is taking the shade off foreign holidays for many travellers, according to a survey

Sunburn is taking the shade off foreign holidays for many travellers, according to a survey.

On average, those seeking a tan lose out on two days of sunshine and have to cover up after getting burnt, the poll by travel agent sunshine.co.uk found.

Of those who had overdone the sunbathing, 72% said it had affected their trip.

The survey results were based on responses from 2,117 UK adults who had been on a holiday to a hot-weather destination in the past 12 months for at least one week.

A total of 61% said they had got sunburnt, with many saying their holiday plans had been affected "a considerable amount".

The most common cause of sunburn was forgetting to reapply suntan lotion, with some respondents saying they were put off by the high cost of some lotions.

Other sunbathers said they failed to use a sunscreen with a high enough protection factor.

Sunshine.co.uk co-founder Chris Clarkson said: "Sunburn on holiday can be an absolute nightmare, especially if your idea of heaven is relaxing by the side of the pool soaking up some rays.

"Sun cream might be expensive, but it can be an absolute life saver - quite literally."

Press Association

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