With the summer just around the corner, many people are working towards getting that bronzed look. A tan is beneficial not only because adequate amounts of sunlight are healthy but also because it helps one appear slimmer (that’s why bodybuilders get tans before stepping on stage.)
However, it is important to apply sunblock and to also avoid long bouts directly under the sun.
This 20-year-old found out the hard way after spending a long day under the sun.
Read more to find out.
Greg Binnie is from Scotland and he was left with second-degree burns after spending an afternoon out in the sun without sunscreen.
In an interview, Greg said that he was working outdoors mowing lawns for 7 hours before he felt the signs of a sunburn.
He continued on by saying: ‘the weather was forecast to be quite nice but nothing out of the ordinary. I did feel hot during the day but just assumed it was because of how much work I was doing.’
‘I could feel my skin was a bit tender but it wasn’t until my mom and dad did point out the red color on my skin was a bit intense.’
Greg was used to the symptoms of being ‘fairly burnt’ since he is fair skinned. But it wasn’t until the next day when he realized things were getting worse.
He went straight back to work the next day and spent more time out in the sun. That’s when his skin started blistering.
He said: ‘I guess when you’re on holiday you use sunscreen but it’s not something you think about when you’re at home, especially living in Scotland where you don’t get this weather often.’
He has since taken several days off work in order to recover. Now he has to apply Sudocrem, a diaper rash ointment, and aloe vera on a daily basis every couple of hours to help with the burns.
Overexposure to UV radiation can cause sunburns, premature skin aging, and increase the risk of skin cancer.
What most people don’t realize is that exposure to sunlight can add up! According to the website of the Government of Canada: ‘Skin damage by the sun is cumulative. This means that long-term, daily exposure to sunlight adds up.’
The website continued on by explaining: ‘UV exposure causes damage to the DNA of your skin cells. Damaged cells do repair themselves. If, however, the damage is too severe to be repaired, you can get skin cancer.’
Some ways to protect yourself include, covering up with light colored clothing, limiting time out in the sun, using sunscreen, drinking plenty of water and avoiding the use of tanning beds.