The sun’s warmth has an undeniable allure, but recent trends signal a need for renewed vigilance in sun safety. An alarming practice known as ‘beer tanning’ has gained traction, placing individuals at unnecessary risk. To many, the idea might seem absurd – pouring beer onto the skin before exposure to sunlight. Yet, certain corners of society have embraced this fad. Becki Bell, a diligent user of sunscreen and advocate of sun safety, expressed her disbelief. “We protect our skin to ensure we can keep enjoying these beautiful sunny days. Why risk it?”
Dr. Shilpi Khetarpal, a distinguished dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic, echoes Becki’s sentiments with a blend of disbelief and concern. “Applying a sticky, yeast-based substance like beer to your skin before sun exposure is frankly bewildering. It not only makes you uncomfortable but also carries serious health risks.”
Let’s dissect this practice to understand its implications fully.
When you pour beer on your skin, it effectively forms a suffocating layer, inhibiting your skin’s ability to breathe and regulate temperature. This significantly heightens the risk of dehydration and heatstroke, the latter being the most dangerous heat-related illness according to the CDC. The potential consequences range from confusion to seizures, unconsciousness, and in extreme cases, death. Moreover, beer does not provide any form of UV protection. On the contrary, by not applying sunscreen, individuals expose themselves to the harmful ultraviolet rays that can cause sunburns, premature skin aging, and skin cancers.
The FDA categorically states that any form of UV tanning is harmful. Tanning should not equate to risking your health. Fortunately, there are safe alternatives available. Self-tanning products offer a risk-free way to achieve a golden tan. Available in various forms, including sprays, serums, lotions, and drops, these products provide a long-lasting tan without the damaging effects of UV exposure. Additionally, the trend towards embracing one’s natural skin tone is a healthy cultural shift that should be celebrated. After all, true beauty stems from being comfortable in your skin and respecting your body’s health.
In conclusion, ‘beer tanning’ is a trend that should be nipped in the bud. It’s crucial to challenge such harmful practices and spread awareness of safer alternatives. Next time you’re planning to enjoy the sun, remember Becki’s mantra: “Apply sunscreen before you head out and let it absorb properly. Protecting your skin should always come first.” As for the beer? Leave it for what it’s meant to do best – quench your thirst, not ‘tan’ your skin.