11 Jun Over 140,000 Essex residents apply COOKING OILS whilst sunbathing
TAN CRAZY residents in East Anglia are ditching protective sun creams and using COOKING OILS in a misguided bid to tan quicker, a study by supermarket Asda has revealed.
146,000 East Anglia residents risk burns and skin cancer by smearing vegetable, olive and coconut oil on their skin before sunbathing, with women (13%) worse than men (10%) for raiding the kitchen cupboards. Shockingly, over a quarter (29%) of sun worshippers have purposely not applied sunscreen in the bid to tan quicker, even though more than four fifths (81%) have suffered sunburn.
The research also found that for a quarter (25%) getting sunburnt does not bother them and even more worryingly, over a quarter (26%) somewhat believe that a sunburn will turn in to a tan.
Attitudes to the sun seem to differ depending on whether we are abroad or in the UK. Over three quarters of residents (78%) will apply sunscreen when abroad, but for those opting for a staycation almost two thirds (61%) will not apply sunscreen. Almost a fifth (16%) don’t think the sun in the UK is strong enough to need sunscreen, with 16% also thinking it is unnecessary.
Love Island’s Dr Alex George – an NHS doctor who famously suffered bad sunburn in last year’s series warned: “We are a nation of sun-worshippers, but it’s worrying to see that so many Brits are using cooking oil to get a better tan and are unaware of the importance of UV protection – especially when buying sunscreen. Whether at home in the UK or holidaying abroad, we need to take sun protection and damage seriously. We all have a friend that burns quicker than others, risking serious skin damage and even melanoma skin cancer to achieve a tan is simply not worth it”.
Meanwhile, nearly two thirds (65%) will put on sunglasses as a form of sun protection, whilst two fifths of sun worshippers (40%) are put off buying sunscreen as they think it is expensive.