The age-old phrase, “Reapply before you fry,” is one many overlook. I mean, how dangerous is the sun really? Well, one man’s blistering sunburn is going viral, so we’re more serious now than ever. Do it — just reapply.
Greg Binnie, a 20-year-old gardener from Edinburgh, Scotland, spent seven hours cutting grass on Saturday, and what felt like mere tender skin turned into a pretty terrifying second-degree burn.
Binnie turned to social media on Monday to share photos and warn the public about what could happen if you don’t properly protect yourself from the sun (especially when you don’t think you have to). His warning has gone viral on twitter with almost 24K retweets.
Binnie also posted on Facebook to spread word. “In all seriousness people, put on sunscreen,” he writes. “Second-degree burns from doing a day’s work outside is [not] fun. Am in agony.”
Not convinced yet?
“It’s torture,” Binnie told Newsbeat. “It’s hard to describe the pain. It’s like there’s a crack in your skin, and it’s pulsating as well. So there’s a constant reminder of the pain, but you can’t itch or touch it.”
And things only got worse after day one. “Then the blisters popped up,” he said. “I tried to put aloe vera on it, but that’s quite tortuous. You have to apply stuff in a dabbing motion.”
Bottom line: Better safe than sorry (this guy certainly is very sorry). To help ensure you practice the safest skincare routine possible, this is what you — Binnie included — need to do:
Sun Protection Must-Dos:
1. Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outside.
2. Check the bottle’s expiration date to make sure the “active ingredients” are still active.
3. If you need to buy a new bottle, shop from this list for the strongest protectors.
4. Lather up with SPF 30 or above — and aim for at least one ounce of sunscreen to cover all exposed areas.
5. Re-apply at least every two hours — more often if you’re sweating or swimming.
In case you do get a nasty burn, the American Academy of Dermatology says to take frequent cold baths or showers, use soothing moisturizer containing aloe or soy, take aspirin or ibuprofen to help reduce discomfort or swelling, leave blisters alone, stay hydrated and take extra measures to make sure your skin is protected.
In critical cases, make sure to contact your doctor.
From: Good Housekeeping