Look After Your Skin this Summer

Aug 23, 2012, 04:00 ET from Club 18-30

LONDON, August 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Club 18 - 30 is proud to provide brilliant value sun-filled holidays to thousands of young revellers every year.

It is also proud to have teamed up with the Teenage Cancer Trust, which is running a campaign to raise awareness among teenagers and young adults about how serious skin cancer is.

The facts speak for themselves. Skin cancer rates have shot up over the past three decades, and it is now the second most common cancer in people aged between 15 and 24 - exactly the sort of people who love a great value beach break.

You might spend months planning cheap Magaluf holidays or booking that trip to Kos, but how much effort do you put into protecting your skin from the sun's harsh rays?

The Teenage Cancer Trust's campaign, Shunburn, is fronted by the actors Nicholas Hoult and Michelle Ryan, and it reveals some terrifying statistics about our attitudes to skincare in the sun.

A whopping 60 percent of young people don't always apply sun cream when on the beach. One in ten believe that covering up on the beach is not cool, and 44 percent of young people lie in the sun for hours on end.

Cheap clubbing holidays 2012 might be the best way to avoid dreary weather and Olympic chaos in the UK, but lots of young people care more about how they look to their peers than having a great time while they're abroad. For example, 12 percent of 16-24 year olds believe that a tan is proof that you have been on holiday to a nice place.

40 percent think that people look healthier with a tan. This is one of the most difficult attitudes to shift when it comes to tanning - lying in the sun is incredibly dangerous, but it appears as if it's a healthy thing to do.

Not everyone sets out with poor intentions. Some young people simply forget to apply sun cream when they're outside. That's why Club 18 - 30 is sponsoring the Teenage Cancer Trust's clever "Burn Alerts", a free text message service which reminds you to stay safe in the sun during the hottest days of the year - sign up by texting BURN2 to 70300.

For more information visit http://www.shunburn.co.uk

SOURCE Club 18-30