Haven’t they heard of SPF? Baked Brits share snaps of red skin and VERY awkward tan lines after getting sunburnt during the heatwave
- This week has already seen glorious sunshine across much of England and Wales
- Many took to social media to post painful-looking pics of their awkward tan lines
- Clearly some people across the country weren’t prepared for the warm weather
Britain’s weather turned on its head this week following a rather grey start to the year – with some areas enjoying temperatures hotter than the Algarve.
Sun-lovers in London and the South East are set to experience temperatures of up to 85F (29.4C) today before the hottest day of the year hits tomorrow.
This week has already seen glorious sunshine and clear skies across much of England and Wales, with tourists flocking to hotspots including Westminster Bridge and Richmond Park in the capital.
However some Brits failed to take proper precautions, soaking up the sun without protecting their skin from the potentially damaging rays.
Many Brits will be nursing reddened skin and awkward tan lines after catching a few too many rays over the past few days – with some sharing their sun-screen fails on social media (pictured, Instagram user @Gary87yt unveiled his burnt back)
Ouch! Another Brit said compared his arm to a ‘Squashie’ sweet because of the thick white tanline
Ouch! This person was left with painful-looking skin after spending time in the sun over the weekend
Many Brits have been lapping up the sunshine after the dismal May weather – with some apparently forgetting to apply sunscreen
Dozens took to social media to share photos of their epic tanning fails, from charred ankles and awkward strap marks, having been out in the hot sun without applying enough protective lotion.
One person shared a snap of their very burnt back, writing: ‘Should have worn a t-shirt to do the gardening today! Midday sun and no sunscreen is no good combination!’
Another wrote: ‘Remember to put on your sun lotion otherwise you will end up looking like a Squashie.’
A third shared an image of their chest with thick white lines across it from their tank top and a painful looking burn, writing: ‘Enjoyed the weather yesterday despite getting burnt.’
Another Brit was left with awkward white tan lines after forgetting to apply sunscreen before enjoying time in the sunshine
Another person said they had got ‘a little bit of tan’ but ‘a lot of sunburn’ from their trip to Cornwall
Another woman was enjoying her time on the beach in Wales so much she ended up getting a bad sunburn
But while these images are amusing to look at, the consequences of sunburn can be very serious.
Emma Coleman, a dermatology registered general nurse previously told FEMAIL that just one sunburn incident can alter the way the skin functions.
How to ease sunburn
Get out of the sun as soon as possible
Cool your skin with a cool shower, bath or damp towel (take care not to let a baby or young child get too cold)
Apply aftersun cream or spray, like aloe vera
Drink plenty of water to cool down and prevent dehydration
Take painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen for any pain
Cover sunburnt skin from direct sunlight until skin has fully healed
Use petroleum jelly on sunburnt skin
Put ice or ice packs on sunburnt skin
Pop any blisters
Scratch or try to remove peeling skin
Wear tight-fitting clothes over sunburnt skin
Information supplied by NHS England
Emma said: ‘UVB rays from sunlight are more likely to cause sunburn compared to UVA light, which is essentially inflammed, immunosuppressed skin.
‘Worryingly, the immune system remains suppressed for a period of time after the exposure. This means that even one sunburn incident can alter the way the skin is functioning, in particular genetic material formation is stunted meaning that cell division and shape are altered, and mitochondria – skin cell’s power houses – are debilitated. This is why we see advanced ageing associated with sun exposure.’
She told how the back area is ‘highly associated with malignant melanoma’, while the chest is ‘very delicate’ because the skin is thin. Emma said: ‘It’s important to protect the décolletage whenever exposed with a broad spectrum sunscreen. I regularly see clients with pigmentation and deep lines on their chests due to sun damage.’
Emma, who has her own skincare and beauty range, told FEMAIL: ‘A history of sunburns and a young age of first sunburn incidence are associated with an increased risk of basal cell carcinoma development, and squamous cell carcinoma risk is largely increased in those with light-coloured eyes and fair to auburn hair colour.
‘This is because those with Fitzpatrick skin types of IV and above have higher melanin levels naturally, and melanin is thought to exert a protective effect on skin.
‘Sunburn in childhood equates to a five-fold increased risk of developing malignant melanoma, according to one Italian study.’
Current research suggests that while many people who are severely sunburned as children never develop skin cancer, one blistering sunburn in childhood increases the risk of melanoma later on in life by 50 per cent.
Another study claims that white women who get five or more severe sunburns in their teens have double the risk of developing melanoma.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and the numbers of new cases diagnosed each year are increasing.
Others were left with awkward tan lines after the baking sun unexpectedly left them burnt (pictured)
One man ended up sharing a snap of his very painful looking back, which had started to peel after getting burnt in the scorching weather
Most non melanoma skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun. This may be long term exposure or short periods of intense sun exposure and burning.
Today’s temperatures are set to outstrip yesterday’s sunny weather, where the mercury hit 82F (28C), with the warm weather driven by hot air from Spain and Portugal.
Both countries have seen temperatures topping 104F (40C) amid an ongoing heatwave.
The hot weather is expected to climb to a 93F (34C) ‘crescendo’ in the South East tomorrow with the rest of England and Wales set to see between 27C (81F) and 30C (86F).
Britain’s highest recorded June temperature was 35.6C (96F) at Southampton Mayflower Park on June 28, 1976.
The extreme heat prompted a Leicestershire school to cancel its sports day that was planned for tomorrow due to fears children are ‘not used to’ temperatures that are set to hit 86F (30C).
Another person posted a snap of their burn across their arms on Instagram after he said he had forgotten to apply suncream
One woman revealed she had gotten an awkward burn line from just a few hours sitting in the sun in her garden
And commuters are set to face rail woes ahead of next week’s crippling strikes as the hot weather forces operators to impose speed restrictions on some lines due to the heat affecting tracks. Network Rail warned that hot weather can ‘severely impact train services’.
Meanwhile, in Suffolk, the A140 was closed for two hours yesterday after the sun began melting the road surface, forcing fuming drivers to sit in hot cars for two hours.
However, heavy showers and thunderstorms are set to break the spell of hot weather from Saturday and into Sunday across England and Wales, with temperatures in London set to plummet to 20F.
The rain will begin on Friday evening in Scotland and Northern Ireland, where temperatures will only hit 70F despite the heatwave elsewhere.
Next week, the dimmer outlook will continue, with sunshine marred by cloud cover and temperatures remaining far lower than tomorrow’s expected peak.
Another person revealed his tank top burn line after he spent a little too much time enjoying the good weather
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: ‘We have got high pressure at the moment so we are getting a certain amount of natural home-grown heat building up because obviously we have got clear skies and fairly dry ground conditions across southern England.
‘We have also got warmer air being brought up from further south in Europe where there has been a major heat incident, particularly in Iberia, so that’s leading to the sort of crescendo we will see on Friday.
‘Because of the direction of the flow, with the weather pattern we have got set up in our latitude, that is encouraging this warm flow of air to come further north.
‘We have got the heat building day by day. The next couple of days will be hotter than the preceding day.
‘We think at the moment, although there is some uncertainty, that the weather temperatures will peak on Friday and then largely we will be in for a cooler day on Saturday.
‘Heat may remain potentially into Saturday but for most parts of the UK, because we have got a cold front moving down from further north, we will see temperatures coming back down – but they may just hang on in southern England.’
He said temperatures will potentially peak on Friday.
Skin cancer – the facts
There are two main types of skin cancer: melanoma and non-melanoma. The latter is far the most common and can usually be treated successfully.
Sun exposure causes skin cancer because of the ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunshine. There are three main types of UV radiation, UVA, UVB, and UVC.
UVA and UVB can cause skin damage including sunburn and premature ageing of the skin. This damage can lead to skin cancer. Cumulative sun exposure is the most important risk factor for non-melanoma skin cancer.
Some evidence suggests that sunburn or intense exposure to sun in childhood particularly increase the risk of developing melanoma.
Are some people more at risk than others?
You may be more at risk depending on your skin colour. Melanin is a protective pigment that is produced within the skin and helps protect the deeper layers of the skin from the harmful effects of sun.
Fair skin contains less melanin than dark skin and so fair skinned people have an increased risk of developing skin cancer.
The tell tale signs
Around one third of all melanomas develop from normal moles so it is important to be aware of any sudden changes in moles.
How to spot a melanoma
The mole will have an irregular shape, ragged and irregular edge, be a mixture of colours including brown, black and blue, larger than 5mm across and will enlarge over a six-week period.
The symptoms of a non-melanoma skin cancer are: a new growth or sore that does not heal within four weeks, a spot or sore that continues to itch or scab and persistent skin ulcers that are not explained by other causes.
Top tips for sun safety
• Avoid the midday sun between 11am and 3pm.
• Don’t be fooled by a cool breeze or light cloud: you can still get burnt.
• Cover up in the sun with loose cotton clothes, a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection.
• Wear a sunscreen of at least sun protection factor (SPF) 14 and a four star UVA rating on the areas which cannot be covered.
• Protect yourself while swimming.
• Look out for the solar UV index on the TV weather forecasts.
• Children need extra protection.
• Avoids using artificial tanning equipment to get a tan.
For more information visit www.cancerresearchuk.org/sunsmart