Sunburn Art: One Trend you Should NOT Try

There is a dangerous new practice trending on social media called “sunburn art” or “tan tattoo”. People are creating body art by selectively using sunblock to create designs on their skin and allowing the rest of their skin to go unprotected. Designs range from simple to highly elaborate. Either way, the result is a large amount of burned skin with designs.


This type of sun exposure is dangerous. Sun burns cause damage to the skin, accelerate aging and increase your risk of skin cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation has publicly come out against this trend and stated that “sustaining five or more sunburns in youth increases lifetime melanoma risk by 80 percent. On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he/she has had more than five sunburns.”

So stay safe this summer, protect your skin, use sun block all over your body and find another trend – like DIY skincare. Check out our Pinterest board for some great ideas to get you started!

To learn more about your skin from below the surface and to receive personal recommendations for improving your skin health from your skin care coach, visit OKU’s website!



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