New Instagram Trend Alarms Medical Spa Professionals 

Photography: Getty Images

Instagram has been responsible for a range of positive skincare trends, including the popularization of face masks, jade rollers, and LED light treatments. However, medical spa professionals are worried about a new trend that is gaining traction with teens and tweens.

It’s called the #sunburntattoo, and it is created when a person applies sunscreen in a design or applies a sticker to the skin then purposely gets a sunburn on the surrounding tissue.

“At first glance, it may look like harmless fun in the sun,” says Manish Shah, M.D. “The bottom line is that sunburn tattoos are extremely dangerous and can put you at serious risk for skin cancer.”

According to a scientific paper presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in 2015, since 1973, melanoma cases in children and young adults has increased 253 percent with white females at particular risk.


Rhode Island is Putting Skincare First Thanks to Its New Sunscreen Stations

Five Things Your Clients Want in a Sunscreen

Four Summertime Fruits to Incorporate In to Your Spa Treatments

Suggested Articles

Holly Cutler shares her expert thoughts on what to expect from medical spas in 2020.

Today’s sunless-tanning products are benefitting from new technology and ingredients. They also work to improve the health of the skin.

A vacation for the soul recently debuted at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita—meet Soulcations.