Sunburn art is a popular new trend that has emerged from something that we have all experienced, namely tan lines.
They say that when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade. Well, that seems to be the theory behind sunburn art, because it takes the almost unavoidable tan lines and transforms them into eye-popping body art.
However, while lemonade is good for you, sunburn art is clearly not, as it could have some pretty serious immediate consequences and also trigger some catastrophic ones down the line.
The principle behind sunburn art is to create exacerbated tan lines on your body that you can position however you want. Unfortunately, the issue is that the sharper the contrast is between the tanned skin and white parts, the better the art is considered.
This could easily lead to severe sunburns, that are quite painful and that could easily get out of control if complications arise.
While doctors are advising everybody to use sunscreen regularly, this is not exactly something that corresponds to sunburn art “procedures”. The sole use for sunscreen is to make models on the skin, that could keep prevent the skin from getting tanned.
But there are more accessible and effortless ways of doing it, such as using stencils, that could be manufactured from plastic or cardboard. Either way, there is an enormous part of the body that is exposed to the sun without the use of protective measures.
Dermatologists point out that this scenario is almost a recipe for skin cancer, because severe and repeated sunburns predispose the skin to developing cancer. This happens because the sun rays effectively alter the DNA of some skin cells, and this means that there is a chance that they can develop into cancer cells along the time.
In the event that sunburn art is something that some people feel they cannot resist though, then they are advised to at least apply a layer of sunscreen on their body, as is recommended for all beachgoers, after which they can use whichever method they see fit to create the sunburn art.
The safest way would be to use some sort of stencil, because this would enable them to remove it periodically and reapply sunscreen on all of the exposed surfaces and then simply take a few seconds to put the stencil back in its place.
The most sensitive areas of the body, such as the face and the ears still require a stronger sunscreen, and since these are unusual locations for sunburn anyway, this should not interfere with the body art.
The secret is to turn the sunburn art into tanning art, so that this could be a fun summer experience, rather than an irresponsible act that might trigger devastating consequences along the line.
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