SUMMER is well and truly here.While we all love nothing more than a golden tan, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun
While we all love nothing more than a golden tan, it’s important to protect your skin and avoid burning.
If you’ve spent too long in the sun this weekend, it’s likely you’ll be looking a little pink.
But experts have warned against following social media trends when it comes to treating your sunburn.
It’s important that as temperatures rise you protect yourself with adequate sun protection such as sunscreen and hats.
Sunburn can be extremely painful and result in tenderness, blisters, swelling and even headaches, nausea and fatigue.
According to Melanoma UK, it only takes one blistering sunburn to double a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life, with 90 percent thought to be caused by exposure to sun and UV light.
Victoria Evans, Education Manager at Dermalogica said: “Sunburn is caused by exposure to UVB radiation and burning can take place in as little as 5-10 minutes.
“The face, neck and trunk are two to four times more sensitive than the limbs and will burn more readily.
“It’s important to note that all skins can burn and you should wear SPF consistently to prevent this.”
Experts have slammed dangerous sunburn hacks doing the rounds and say more care needs to be taken when it comes to sun protection.
Here’s some of the strangest hacks and why they are dangerous.
Mouthwash is usually used to prevent gum disease and leave your mouth feeling minty fresh, but not for some TikTokers.
One revealed she fills a spray bottle with mouthwash and sprays it directly on her sunburn to calm the sting.
Stephanie Taylor, Health and Wellbeing Expert at StressNoMore said: “This is a very bizarre and extreme way to relieve the pain of sunburn and is absolutely not a fail-safe method.
“While the menthol or eucalyptol in the mint flavours may have cooling properties, it’s the 26.9 percent alcohol content in the original flavour, plus ingredients such as benzoic acid, that are problematic.”
Victoria added that in general, it’s best to avoid menthol based products.
2. Sour cream
This might seem like a great idea due to the lactic acid in the product – but experts say there are better ways to treat the burn.
One TikToker instructs others to spread it all over their sunburn and leave it on for an hour to eliminate all traces of sunburn.
Stephanie said: “For sunburn, it’s best to stick to traditional products containing ingredients that soothe and relieve pain caused by sunburns such as aloe vera, coconut oil or soy-based moisturisers and keep hydrated.
“You can even put your after sun or moisturiser in the fridge for that cool hit.”
3. White vinegar
Stephanie said you should “absolutely NOT” use white vinegar on your skin.
“Vinegar has extremely high acidity and PH levels of around 2 or 3.
“By putting undiluted vinegar on your skin, it can damage the skin’s fragile barrier and result in more pain and inflammation, plus potential chemical burns if exposed to bare skin for too long.”
4. Sun contouring
Sun contouring has previously be criticised as it leaves your skin exposed to the sun.
The trend is to use sunscreen like makeup to contour your face.
Stephanie said this is incredibly dangerous for your skin.
She said: “While this may have some short-term effects for facial tanning, the long-term effects could be dangerous and result in skin damage, early signs of ageing or even skin cancer.
“In the summer, apply SPF 50 sun cream or moisturiser to your face every day to protect your skin from sun damage.
“This won’t prevent you from tanning but could prevent long-lasting and irreversible skin damage.”
Staying safe in the sun
Skin types vary from person to person, but when it comes to protection, using the right SPF for you is key.
LloydsPharmacy pharmacist Pareena Patel explains the difference in skin types and how UV exposure can affect us differently.
Pareena explains: “People with lighter skin tones are much more likely to experience skin damage from UV rays and are more prone to getting skin cancer as a result of sun exposure.
“However, people with darker skin of every ethnicity aren’t exempt from the damaging effect of the sun’s UV rays .
“People with darker skin usually have higher levels of pigments in their skin, known as melanin.”
Melanin is a substance which causes your skin to tan and plays a role in blocking UV rays.
“There is a limit to how much melanin can protect the skin against UV rays, and so people of all skin tones should wear SPF”, Pareena added.
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