This type of body art is created by exposing certain parts of the body to the sun without using proper sun protection. The result is a sunburn in the shape of a particular image, design or pattern, and people are sharing photos of them all over the Internet. While the sunburn snapshots may make for a popular Instagram post, the Skin Cancer Foundation spoke out against the trend in a recent press release.
Sunburns are both painful and dangerous, according to the foundation, and the public should avoid them because of the deadly risk they carry. Sunburns not only cause DNA damage and accelerate skin aging—they also increase the lifetime risk of skin cancer, including melanoma, the most deadly type. In fact, getting 5 or more sunburns while young increases a person’s lifetime risk for melanoma by 80 percent.
The foundation recommends adopting a complete daily sun protection regimen to avoid sunburn. This includes:
- Seeking shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Covering up with clothing, a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses that block ultraviolet (UV) rays.
- Using sunscreen every day. Choose a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.
|The take-home message|
|When it comes to sunburns, prevention is the best option. And while a sunburn design may fade with time, the risk of skin cancer does not.
However, if you do get a sunburn, it’s important to know how to treat it. You may harm your skin even more if you handle your burn incorrectly.