Skin Care July 13, 2015

Lionesse Investigates: Sunburn Art

Sunburn art is quickly becoming a big trend in the beauty world – but the questions as to why anyone would want to do this remain. Sunburn art is literally the practice of burning your skin through means of UV rays from the sun, leaving behind a tattoo like design on the skin. Today, Lionesse would like to take a more in-depth look at what sunburn art really is, who’s doing it, and tell you what the experts have to say on the issue.

Woman with sunscreen in the shape of a heart on her back.

What is Sunburn Art?
Sunburn art is the act of applying sunscreen in a specific pattern to one area of the skin in a design shape, or temporary tattoo application to block the skin underneath, whilst spending time in the sun without using any form of sunblock on the skin (except for a pattern marked out with sunblock) to burn an image onto the skin to look like somewhat of a natural toned tattoo. What’s left behind is a skin toned image in whatever fashion the person would like, such as a flower, nature scene, shape, or name.

Worth The Risk?
Lionesse would like to mention the fact that sunburn art = sunburn. Whether or not it’s worth the risk is up to you – but we would like to put a sincere emphasis on the necessity to use sunblock protection all over your body when spending time outside during the summer months.

Woman sunbathing in a beach.

Who’s Doing It?
It seems as though the general audience of followers of this trend tend to be teenagers, and women and men in their early 20’s, judging by photos seen on the internet. Some children have even been seen partaking in the practice of sunburn art.

Good or Bad?
As most people are aware, spending time in the sun requires the application of sunblock to protect the skin from wrinkles, lines, freckles and sunburn. Sunburn of any severity can lead to melanoma – the deadliest and most quickly spreading form of skin cancer. Is it safe to engage in sunburn art? Absolutely not, according to some of the country’s lead dermatologists, and therefore, nobody should want to partake in such a trend.

Woman with sunburn art on her back

How Sunburn Art Became a Thing?
Images began popping up on Instagram, the world’s leading photo-sharing website, of people who were engaging in sunburn art as a form of a temporary body modification practice. These people feel as though the look of the art is cool enough to risk their health, or they simply are not taking the long-term effects into consideration. Once these images appeared and began to be seen, the trend began spreading like wildfire – and now, thousands upon thousands of people are being influenced to create some sunburn art of their own.

This is where popular culture is clashing with medical advice. It’s really obvious that sunburn does two things to you: it gives you lines and freckles and wrinkles and it also causes skin cancer especially melanoma”, says Dr. Barney Kenet in an interview with ABC News.

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