Skincare experts slam dangerous TikTok #sunscreencontour trend
In the UK, temperatures are expected to hit a record high of 40 degrees this week and into next week. However, the heatwave has seen the rise of a new TikTok trend where users are applying different levels of sun cream to their face in an effort to highlight cheekbones and give a "contoured" effect.
The trend #sunscreencontour has 55k views on TikTok with other videos steadily growing in views during the UK heatwave.
Victoria Evans, education manager at Dermalogica warned against this practive saying, "This trend is dangerous and can cause long-lasting damage to your skin. Any tanned contour lines are essentially sun damage markings. Using different levels in this viral trend causes unnecessary sun exposure which can cause you further problems with your skin.”
Evans advises that SPF should be reapplied every two hours and that half a teaspoon is the perfect amount to ensure full coverage for the face.
This trend has emerged following research released in May that revealed tanning and sunburn tips were some of the top summer beauty searches in the UK.
“Sunburn is caused by exposure to UVB radiation and burning can take place in as little as 5-10 minutes. The face, neck and trunk are two to four times more sensitive than the limbs and will burn more readily. It’s important to note that all skins can burn, and you should wear SPF consistently to prevent this," added Evans.
7 tips to help stay safe during the heatwave:
Do not expose burnt skin to the sun, even with application of SPF
Skin needs time to repair itself and will need a few days to recover after being burnt.
Try to avoid heat
Bathe in tepid water, keep as cool as possible and apply a cool compress (not icy cold) to ease discomfort.
Apply after-sun products that are gel based and cooling
Stay clear of heavy creams or oil-based formulas that can trap heat, making you feel even hotter.
Avoid menthol-based lotions
While it can be cooling or tingling on the skin, this ingredient is quite stimulating.
Look for ingredients with cooling, soothing and hydrating benefits
Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, algae extract, cucumber, aloe vera, chamomile, lavender, clove, and oats will help calm and soothe inflamed, warm skin.
Keep fluid intake high
Staying hydrated can significantly lessen your symptoms and promote healing, so drinking lots of water is a must.
Avoid future sunburn
Apply SPF 30-50 30 minutes before exposure and reapply frequently. Apply generously to ensure even coverage.
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