Greg Binnie, a redhead from Scotland, spent the day outside in a tank top without sunscreen. His shoulders and neck suffered from second-degree burns. He tweeted photos of the severe sunburn and it’s shockingly painful. “Put on sun cream,” he wrote in a viral tweet. “2nd degree burns from doing a days work outside. Am in f—ing agony.”
Have You or Someone You Know Had a Blistering Sunburn?
We are in a long, sunny, and notoriously risky weekend in the U.S.A. It’s famous for barbecues, picnics, and sunburns. Could what happened to Greg happen to you?
How Common Are Second-degree Burns From The Sun?
Before sunscreen was invented, it was very common in people with fair skin. Sunburn occurs when the intensity of UV rays exceed your skin’s ability to block and protect living cells to the point of a severe toxicity. Your risk of burn increases with:
- Fairer skin.
- Your proximity to the sun.
- Longer duration in the sun.
Do you really understand number 2? It’s key to why most people are surprised by their sunburns.
The sun is currently in the Northern Hemisphere and is the closest to people like Greg. At mid-day, the sun is closer than morning or afternoon. The closer the sun, the more intense the UVB rays are and the greater your risk of exposure and sunburn. Take a look at the graphic below!
My team and I created this graphic to help people understand why the sun is currently most dangerous for us living in the Northern Hemisphere. I also recently did a Facebook live on this topic too.