Urgent warning to millions of Brits about common sun shading mistakes

MILLIONS of Brits will be sunbathing in sunny temperatures tomorrow to start the anniversary weekend.

But those who do go outside have been urged to check their sunscreen to avoid a common mistake.

Brits have been urged to check the dates of their sun protection ahead of warm weather


Brits have been urged to check the dates of their sun protection ahead of warm weatherPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

Researchers at King Edward VII’s Hospital in London have warned that millions of people are actually using outdated lotions.

These can help prevent you from getting burned in the sun and can therefore protect you from harmful rays, which in turn can cause skin cancer.

Experts found that many of these lotions were over ten years old.

Most of these products have a shelf life of 12 months, which you can usually see on the back of the item.

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A survey of over 2,000 people found that many adults are generally blasé about sun protection.

Of the 2,000, nine percent said they only wear sunscreen on vacations abroad, and five percent said they don’t need it at all.

Amazingly, 11 percent of respondents said they would be willing to risk skin cancer if it meant tanning.

A quarter of participants also said they don’t feel good without a tan, with 17 percent saying they felt pressure to have a sun-kissed look because of celebrities and social media stars.

Dermatology consultant Dr. Catherine Borysiewicz said it was “extremely worrying” to see how far people go to get a tan.

She added: “Sun protection is important whether you’re in the UK or abroad and whatever the color of your skin.

“Sunscreens and sprays provide the necessary protection from skin damage to potentially long-term or even fatal conditions.

“It’s also important to buy a new sunscreen every year as creams expire and become less effective.”

The Sun has previously reported on tanning trends on social media, with people saying they would “rather die hot than live ugly”.

Tanning nasal sprays have caught on and promise to darken skin.

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 have warned they could lead to terrible side effects like high blood pressure, spontaneous erections and even worse skin cancer.

What is sunburn and how do we get a tan?

All skin types can be damaged by the sun, so it’s important to understand what it is and how it affects our skin.

Experts from the charity Skcin said sunburn is a reaction to UV rays and a clear indication that you have damaged your skin.

They explained: “Skin color is dependent on a pigment called melanin. This is produced by specialized cells called melanocytes.

“Melanocytes produce packets of melanin called melanosomes and transfer them to the skin cells of the epidermis.

“Melanocytes are found everywhere in the skin. All breeds have the same number of melanocytes. However, black skin has more melanosomes, which provides better sun protection and greater pigmentation.”

When it comes to sunburn, these are the key points you need to know:

  • A blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chance of developing melanoma later in life.
  • A person’s risk of developing melanoma also doubles if they have had five or more
    more sunburns at any age.
  • The pattern of sun exposure thought to lead to melanoma is that of brief, intense sun exposure, such as blistering sunburn—rather than years of tanning.
  • Some people can get sunburned after less than 15 minutes of sun exposure!

The London clinic’s survey also found that Britons are taking dangerous risks when it comes to their skin.

Around 29 percent said they had used a tanning bed in the past, and one in 10 said they had tried dangerous tanning products like nasal sprays and injections.

A woman recently revealed she had a gaping hole in her butt after using the jabs.

Danielle Trevarthen got her then-boyfriend to inject her with the tanning aid, but just a week later, a 5-inch abscess appeared on her butt.

She had five seizures and ended up in the hospital.

dr Borysiewicz added: “The increasing popularity of tanning products such as Melanotan-2, which can be taken as a nasal spray or injection, is of great concern.

“These products are potentially very dangerous and have been linked to cancer.

“Really, the only safe way to achieve a year-round tan without any health risks is to use a fake tan.”

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Sarah Y. Kim

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