On a sunny day, do you dither when it comes to deciding whether or not to slap on some sun screen? Or does it not even cross your mind to use the stuff?
Well after taking a look at several people’s painful suburn from this weekend, you’ll probably never question it again.
Saturday was the hottest day of 2019 so far, with temperatures in the UK rising to as high as 34C in some areas.
But some forgot to protect themselves from the sun and ended up sporting some red hot sunburn and bad tan lines by the end of the day – and even those who applied sun cream got into a spot of trouble.
Dozens of people shared snaps of their painful looking burns on social media, showing off their sun cream fails on their ankles, backs and faces.
And while you may get some entertainment out of looking at the pictures, it’s important to remember the dangers that are associated with sunburn.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK and most non melanoma skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun – either due to long term exposure or short but intense exposure.
Speaking to Femail, Dr Daniel Glass of The Dermatology Clinic in London, warned people to be more careful.
He said: “The effects of UVA rays are felt more substantially in the long term.
“Many individuals fail to understand just how impactful just one sunburn can be when it comes to your risk of developing skin cancer.
“These long wave rays penetrate deeper into the skin and repeated exposure can cause premature ageing due to a gradual loss of elasticity in the skin.”
He also warned that adults with fair skin and children should take extra care to protect themselves from repeated episodes of sun exposure.
He added: “Actively trying to get a sun tan is not advisable. During the summer months or whilst on holiday in sunnier climates, avoid sitting out in the middle of the day. If you’re going to be in the sun, protect your skin with shade, clothing and a sun cream which protects you from UVB and UVA rays.”