Had too much sun? Here's what to do

Here at The Holiday Co., we’re advocates of spending a sensible amount of time in the sun.

But we also know that life happens. Sometimes we end up spending more time in the sun than we intended, or it gets hotter than expected, or our sunscreen application just wasn't amazing that day. Cue sunburn – ouch.

If you've been caught out in the sun, there's no reason to panic or throw in the beach towel. Here are some practical things you can do when you've had too much sun.

Stay out of the sun

This one probably seems obvious! But if you've been overexposed to the elements, it's always a good idea to take it easy and stay in the shade for a few days afterwards. You do not want to further damage sunburnt skin.

Drink more water

Serious risks of too much sun time include dehydration and heat exhaustion. It's super important to rehydrate your body by sipping on cool water. If you've been sweating a lot, you might need to replenish your electrolytes with a sports drink.

Soothe your skin

Sunburns can be surprisingly painful, especially when you're trying to sleep. An over-the-counter anti-inflammatory painkiller may help, but many choose the natural route, such as applying aloe vera. For an even better cooling effect, store your cream or gel in the fridge.


Staying in the shade might not be an option for you (especially if you're on holidays and don't want to be a Debbie Downer). Wear loose-fitting cotton clothing that covers your body and won't irritate sunburn. We have a few options!

Get checked

One or two sunburns doesn't necessarily mean you'll get skin cancer. But the reality is sunburn and even tanning will damage your skin cells. Luckily, the earlier melanoma is detected, the better your chances of successful treatment. Get to know your own body as well, and take note of any changes. 

Be prepared for next time

Here are some things you can do so you don't get caught out!

  • Slip on a cover-up, Slop on sunscreen, Slap on a Hat, Seek shade and Slide on sunglasses.
  • Keep sunscreen in your bag (we have some SPF 50+ recommendations).
  • Check the UV index before you go out (if's 3 or above, you NEED to wear sunscreen).
  • Avoid going outside between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Make sun-safety part of your daily routine so you don't forget.