‘Sunburn Art’: The Unhealthy, Summertime Fad That’s Sweeping The Web
It is summertime and people are getting creative with their tanning procedures. A new trend called Sunburn Art has people intentionally getting burned for a temporary tattoo of sorts. This artistic form of sun damage allows people to create patterns and designs on their skin. Although it’s trendy and turning into some intricate and interesting designs, there’s no getting around it: sunburn art or “tan tattoos” are unhealthy for the skin.
As the trend has gained followers, the US Skin Cancer Foundation issued a statement:
“The Skin Cancer Foundation strongly advises the public to avoid sunburns at all costs. A sunburn is not only painful – it’s dangerous, and comes with consequences. Sunburns cause DNA damage to the skin, accelerate skin ageing, and increase your lifetime skin cancer risk. In fact, sustaining five or more sunburns in youth increases lifetime melanoma risk by 80 per cent. On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.”
Folks create sunburn art through multiple means: strategically placed tape, suntan lotion or by cutting stencil shapes into fabric that they wear over their skin. Sunburn art, like many social media trends, soon will fade but the Skin Cancer Foundation worries the burning could have permanent consequences unless folks end the trend sooner rather than later.