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I’m a skin expert – I’m asking you not to make a dangerous tanning mistake on summer vacation

BRITS have been basking in high temperatures lately.

And while it may be cloudy in some parts of the UK today, many of us are all booked for a summer holiday.

Experts have warned of harmful tanning trends emerging on social media

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Experts have warned of harmful tanning trends emerging on social mediaPhoto credit: Getty
Influencer Miriam Mrovili shared the hack that gave her a

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Influencer Miriam Mrovili shared the hack that gave her a “nice tan.”Photo credit: tiktok

Post Covid lockdown it’s no wonder we’re dying to fly to sunnier climates and get a golden glow.

While sun exposure can contribute to our vitamin D levels, it can also turn us pink if we’re not using the right protection.

Sunburn increases your risk of skin cancer and to protect yourself you should wear the right sunscreen.

The NHS says you should use an SPF of at least 30 for protection with a 4 star UVA rating.

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But as always, a TikTok trend is making the rounds that promises to give you a “nice tan.”

Influencer Miriam Mrovili shared the hack, which involved mixing moisture and water in a spray bottle.

While Miriam said she put on sunscreen first, experts have warned people not to join the trend.

Skin experts from JustMyLook strongly advise against the hack.

“Not only is the process unsafe, but exposure to the sun in this way without protection can greatly increase the risk of sunburn, which can lead to melanoma (skin cancer).

“We recommend wearing an SPF of 30 or more and applying it 15 minutes before sunbathing.

“Apply the equivalent of a shot glass (two tablespoons) of sunscreen to exposed areas of the face and body to meet the sun protection factor (SPF) listed on the sunscreen bottle.”

They said that this way you can still get the benefits of the sun while minimizing risk.

This particular hack is dangerous because the water mixed with moisturizer could make the SPF less effective.

With most products, if you come into contact with water, whether from rain or a dip in the pool, you will need to reapply.

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Medical professionals previously warned against following online tanning trends like nasal sprays.

Viewers of viral videos on TikTok try to get their hands on a bottle — although there’s no clear evidence the drops actually work.

And dermatologists warn they could lead to horrific side effects like high blood pressure, spontaneous erections, and even worse skin cancer.

Almost all cases of skin cancer are preventable. That’s why The Sun’s Fabulous is raising awareness of the dangers of tanning products like tanning beds with its Dying For A Tan campaign.

The NHS states that there is “no safe or healthy way to tan” and that tanning does not protect your skin from harmful effects.

If you don’t use an SPF that works for you and don’t cover parts of your body, you risk sunburn or other skin damage.

Doctors previously urged people not to try “tan contouring,” another popular TikTok trend.

LloydsPharmacy pharmacist Anshu Kaura said you should wear SPF on your exposed skin in the UK from March.

She said: “It is important to remember that the sun can be very strong in the UK during the summer months and we are not exempt from its damaging effects.

“The sun is strongest in the UK between March and October and between 11am and 3pm.

“The NHS advises wearing SPF 30 during these months and staying out of the sun during the hours when it is at its strongest.”

Anyone can get skin cancer and melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in the UK.

There are more than 16,000 cases per year and about 2,300.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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