A questionable beauty trend,known as sunbrun art, has picked up steam on the Web in recent days: People are branding themselves with artistic designs – by getting sunburned.
In a fad dubbed #sunburnart, individuals apply sunblock to selective areas of their bodies and get sunburned to create patterned tan lines, and then they share their stenciled and sunned skin on social media.
What's so scary about this sunburn art is that they're often being done on areas that are usually protected. Areas that are exposed everyday – like the face, the neck, the back of the hand – get a low level of sun exposure daily. But people are exposing areas of their body that have been covered year round. It's as if more virginal skin is getting this intense sun exposure, which all of the data show is much more dangerous than chronic sun exposure.
Either two blistering sunburns as a child or five sunburns at any time in your life, both of those double your chance for melanoma, which is the most deadly form of skin cancer.