Horrified woman shows agony of second degree burns after making a common mistake before sunbathing

A WOMAN has sent out a warning to fellow sunbathers after suffering from second degree burns on her legs, thanks to exfoliating before topping up her tan.

TikTok user Hannah shared a video online revealing she ended up in hospital and unable to walk after soaking up the sun.

"PSA: don't exfoliate before going into the sun unless you want 2nd degree burns," she captioned the post that has since been watched over 200k times.

The painful mishap left Hannah's legs red raw, leaving her unsteady on her feet in one video where she filmed herself trying to walk with the burns.

"When the lotion melts into ur skin holy fork can't walk (sic)," she said.

After her ankle began to swell, Hannah took herself to the hospital and was left horrified as her legs blistered and bruised from the sunburn.

Sharing updates, she revealed the skin on her legs had started to crack as her burns began to heal.

Thousands of people commented on her post, with one person quizzing: "omg what did you exfoliate with?"

Another said: "Pls tell me how this happened so I can avoid it (sic)."

A third could relate as they added: "This exact thing happened to me and it was because my moisturiser had salicylic acid in it! Be careful and read ingredients."

"That looks so painful," commented one more, while another person said: "No one can make fun of my 110 SPF sunscreen after this."

Exfoliating removes dead skin cells that would otherwise act as a protective layer to your skin – so doing so before stepping out in the sun can leave your skin more vulnerable and prone to burning.

When heading out in the sun, you should always be reaching for the SPF to protect any exposed skin from harmful UV rays.

Skipping the sunscreen can not only increase your chance of burning, but also lead to sun damage like wrinkles, pigmentation and dry skin.

How to treat sunburn

If you do end up with sunburn, here’s the best ways to treat it according to the NHS

  • Get out of the sun as soon as possible
  • Cool your skin with a cool shower, bath or damp towel
  • Apply aftersun cream or spray, like aloe vera, to the burn
  • Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water to cool down
  • Take painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen for any pain
  • Cover up – keep sunburnt skin away from direct sunlight until skin has fully healed

Meanwhile, Brits have been sharing horror photos of their sunburn after wearing ripped jeans and forgetting to cream their legs.

Plus, check out these fake tan fails, like this woman who was left mortified after epic fake tan fail left her looking BLUE.

And  one woman feared the worst fake tan fail ever after piling on layers of St Moritz dark when she cried off the first lot.

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