130 Times People Forgot To Wear Sunscreen And Ended Up Learning How Painful And Embarrassing Sunburns Are (New Pics)

Always wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, and try to avoid direct sunlight when it’s super hot outside. It’s the middle of the summer right now and one of the biggest joys for many folks is soaking up some rays and stocking up on vitamin D. Sunlight is important for our physical and mental health, but too much ultraviolet light can be harmful, painful, and… embarrassing.

To remind you to prioritize your health when it’s sunny (and to give you a hearty laugh), our team here at Bored Panda has collected some of the biggest sunburn fails from all over the net. The photos show what happens when you forget to put on sunscreen, miss a spot, or if you wear hats and clothing with cut-out shapes in the fabric.

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Scroll down, upvote the pics that you found the funniest, and tell us about the worst sunburn you’ve ever gotten in the comments. Meanwhile, you’ll find Bored Panda’s earlier list about the most hilarious sunburns over here.

Just remember: stay safe; don’t be lazy, don’t be stubborn, and put on some darn sunscreen!

Dr. Andrew Carroll, the CEO/Medical Director of Atembis LLC and Family Physician, was kind enough to share his expertise with Bored Panda. He explained why it’s important to get daily sunlight, how we can tell when we’re going overboard, and how to convince someone to protect themselves from the sun’s rays. You’ll find the expert’s insights as you scroll down.

#1 My Brother Works Outdoors, And Wears The Same Hat Every Day

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Dr. Carroll, the head of Atembis LLC, said that everyone should get a decent amount of sun daily. “We need sunlight just for mental health, but we also need it to help convert vitamin D to its active form. Taking vitamin D orally is not enough—it needs to be activated and that happens through the skin. There is no “right amount” of sunlight. Everyone’s skin tone is different,” the medical expert said.

“What you don’t want to do is burn. If you get a peeling sunburn, each time that happens, you’ve increased your risk of skin cancer. Excessive sun exposure also increases the risk of solar lentigo, which are sunspots,” the doctor warned. “A peeling, blistering sunburn is ‘too much.’ You don’t want to get there.”

#2 Is There A Chemist Open This Evening In Abersock Or Pythelly?

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#3 At My School This Skiing Goggles Tan Line Was A Status Symbol

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Meanwhile, sunstroke is different. It’s a state of dehydration: it occurs when you don’t consume enough fluids while you’re out in the hot sun. Recently, Europe has been dealing with a massive heatwave, so both sunstroke and sunburns were much more acute.

“Your skin requires hydration to stay healthy—if you’re outside for long periods of time, make sure you’re hydrating from the inside as well as the outside by using lotion and/or protective sunscreen,” Dr. Carroll told Bored Panda.

#4 My And My Coworkers’ Tan

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#5 I Managed To Make Almost A Perfect Straight Edged Rectangle On My Back With My Haphazard Sunscreen Application. I Am Not Accepting Hugs At This Time

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#6 Be Careful When Applying Spray-On Sunscreen

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We wanted to get the doctor’s opinion on how someone could go about talking with a person who stubbornly refuses to wear sunscreen. Here’s what he told us: “Sometimes the best way to convince someone of the risks of too much sun exposure is to have them talk to older relatives. Older relatives not only share genetics but also commonly skin tone and risks tend to be similar. Talk to your older relatives and look at their skin.”

Dr. Carroll, of Atembis LLC, shared with Bored Panda the types of questions that people should ponder: “Do they have a lot of sunspots? Look at their hands. Look at the skin structure. Is it leathery and thick, wrinkled early? Is it overly thin and easy to tear? How many times have they had something cut or frozen off of their skin? Have they ever had major surgery for skin cancer? Those risks are shared, and you can reduce your own risk by either using physical cover or wearing sunscreen appropriate to your skin tone,” he said. Physical cover includes clothing, hats, and sunglasses, the latter of which reduces the risk of cataracts.

#7 PSA: If You’re Using Spray Sunscreen, Rub It In

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#8 “I Don’t Need Sunscreen, I’ll Just Wear A Hat”

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#9 Got A Nice Tan

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Sunlight is pretty much like anything else—moderation is key, and the ‘dose’ you get really matters. Sunlight helps with serotonin production and helps you stay calm, focused, and positive; it also gives you more energy. It’s also one way to fight back against depression and seasonal affective disorder. So much so that some doctors prescribe natural or artificial light treatments.

In other words, you need a daily dose of sunlight to be a properly functioning human being. You really shouldn’t spend all day indoors, in front of your computer screen, hissing at anyone who opens the curtains. On the flip side, you don’t want to stay out in the sun for too long. Especially without protection.

#10 Went Out On A Boat Without Sunscreen Today And Now I Have What I Am Calling “The Bib Of Pain”

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#11 My Crocs Tan

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#12 Leave It To A Ginger To Get Sunburnt Fishing Off The Bank When It’s In The High 50’s

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Some people are naturally more prone to getting sunburnt. The easiest way to predict the future is to look at the past. Have you gotten badly sunburnt in the past? Do you end up looking like a super-red lobster after just a few minutes outdoors? Do people keep telling you to put on sunscreen, for the love of all that’s holy? Those are some ‘subtle’ hints that you should be far more careful with your skin health during the summer and throughout the year.

According to the Mayo Clinic, people who have white skin and red hair are at higher risk of getting sunburn. Obviously, if you’re at the beach or elsewhere with tons of sun, the risk is higher, too. But those of you traveling to the mountains and places at a high altitude should also be aware that your skin might get burnt more easily.

#13 My Tan Lines Make Me Look Like I’m Wearing Necro-Pants

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#14 I Wore A Mesh Hat On A 30 Mile Hike. Feeling Like Aang Today

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#15 Tan Lines Are Hot, Right? When You Forget To Put Sunscreen On Your Feet

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Wet skin tends to burn more easily than dry skin, so keep that in mind when splashing around in the sea, lake, or pool this year. You might want to invest in lots of water-resistant sunscreen if you plan to do a lot of swimming.

Of course, sunscreen isn’t the only way to protect yourself. You can wear long-sleeved clothing and hats to protect yourself from the UV rays. If your skin feels painful or hot to the touch, odds are that you’ve gotten a sunburn, and it should appear within a few hours. It can several days to heal.

#16 My Wife Helped Me Sunscreen My Back At Beach Day Today (Twice)

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#17 Got A New Job Where I Have To Wear A Uniform And Gloves While Working Outside, Now I Look Like This

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#18 Working In An Outdoor Vaccine Clinic. Didn’t Think About Sunscreen… Now I Have A Mask-Shaped Sunburn, But Only On Half My Face

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Prevention is usually better than having to deal with the consequences. However, we can’t always avoid those. When you get a sunburn, your skin might look pink or red, it might feel tender and itchy. There might be swelling and blisters, and you might have a headache or a fever. The scariest thing is that even your eyes can burn in the sun.

#19 I Have One Small But Gross Blister On My Back And My Whole Body Aches

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#20 When You Forget To Put Sunscreen On Your Face But At Least Your Sunglasses Work

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#21 Leigh Left His Sunglasses On

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If the pain gets worse, your headache or fever doesn’t break, head to the doctor ASAP. You should also seek medical help if you get blisters on your face or hands, or if your blisters show signs of infection. Getting chills and noticing changes in your vision are also signs that you need may need assistance from a professional.

#22 I Bought Some New Shorts That Are Shorter Than My Other Shorts For Work. Now My Leg Looks Like Neapolitan Ice Cream

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#23 Throwback To That Time My Backwards Hat And Lack Of Sun Cream Resulted In A Hat Imprint Being Burnt Onto My Forehead

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#24 Less Than An Hour In The Sun, With Factor 50 And Factor 70 All Over Me

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The NHS warns not to use petroleum jelly or ice on sunburnt skin. What’s more, you shouldn’t scratch the affected area; don’t pop any blisters, and avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes while your skin is peeling and healing.

#25 I’m A Solar Roofer, And We Are Required To Wear Gloves While We Work… It’s Only May

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#26 First Day At The Beach And My Wife Made Sure I Was Protected From Sunburn By Spraying My Back With Sunscreen. I Can’t See Back There – Did She Do A Good Job?

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#27 Fishnets Turned Me Into A Human/Snake Hybrid

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You can actually get sunburnt on cloudy days. Meanwhile, water, sand, and even snow reflect UV rays and add to the risk of getting burnt badly. As the UV light damages your skin cells, your body reacts by increasing the blood flow to the affected areas. That’s what causes the skin to be inflamed.

#28 Ran The London Marathon A Couple Of Years Back. Think I Missed A Bit With The Sunscreen

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#29 My Dad Is Two Different People

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#30 I Didn’t Wear My Watch To The Beach And Got A Strip Of Sunburn

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Meanwhile, sun exposure ages your skin more quickly and you’re more likely to develop wrinkles and discolored spots. Your skin loses strength and elasticity. Moreover, the more time you spend out in the sun, the greater the risk of skin cancer. That’s why it’s so important to do everything that you can to stay protected. Your health is your greatest resource, Pandas. Protect it well while you’re enjoying life to the max.

#31 Last Summer When My Wife “Sprayed” Sunscreen All Over My Back

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#32 Like An Idiot, I Chose To Not Wear Sunscreen

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#33 Our Tan Lines After Cycling Across The United States

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#34 Sunburn Socks

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#35 Didn’t Take Off My Calculator Watch At The Beach

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#36 That Helmet Strap Tan Line Though

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#37 I Probably Should Have Covered His Whole Back In Sunscreen And Not Just His Moles

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#38 I Had To Sit For Two And A Half Hours In Direct Sunlight For My Brother’s Graduation

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#39 Asked My Friend To Spray Sunscreen On My Back… Not The Most Even Coat

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#40 Tanned A Bit Too Much While Wearing Shoes. Kids Call Them My Chimp Feet

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#41 My Dad’s White Feet And Tanned Legs. He Wears The Same Shoes Everyday

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#42 This Patch On My Skin Never Tans/Burns. I’ve Had It Since I Was Born

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#43 Very Sunburned

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#44 So Skye Was Wearing Factor 50 And Still Got Burnt

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#45 Someone Asked Me What Was Wrong With My Hands. Nothing Is Wrong With Them. Just Some Motorcycle Riding Tan Lines

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#46 Attempt To Put On Sunscreen Was Made

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#47 My Worst Sunburn Ever

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#48 I Raise You My Sunburn From When I Built My Deck

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#49 I See Your Tans And Raise You A Fry

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#50 It Was Cloudy And The UV Index Was 4… Didn’t Even Occur To Me To Apply Sunscreen

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#51 Had To Unexpectedly Sit Outside For Parent Information Pick Up And Didn’t Put On Sunscreen

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#52 I Got Sunburn Yesterday

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#53 I Got A Temp Tattoo, Got A Sunburn, And Got This Imprint

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#54 My Fiancée Was In Charge Of Getting My Back

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#55 When You Put Sunscreen On Every Other Part Of Your Body Bedsides The Legs

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#56 When You Thought Your Sunscreen Application Was Thorough Enough. An Outdoor Graduation Ceremony In Georgia Will Put Your In Your Place

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#57 Two Days After I Got Sunburned

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#58 Drank 10 Beers In The Sun Yesterday, Thank God I Had A Hat

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#59 So You Thought The Roofer’s Hand Tan Was Bad

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#60 My Husband Started A New Job Outside, He Wore His Hat For The First Week, Resulting In His New Tan Line

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#61 “I’m Not Gonna Be In The Pool That Long, I Won’t Need Sunscreen”

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#62 Tan Line From The Time I Was Living In Vietnam

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#63 Boyfriend Only Put Sunscreen On His Tattoo While Hiking And This Really Showed How Useful Sunscreen Is Compared To Socks

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#64 My Dad’s Lovely Summer Croc Tan

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#65 Walked Downtown For Drinks Last Night, You Know It’s Bad When People Think You’re Wearing Socks With Boat Shoes

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#66 Got A Little Sunburnt On The Kayak Yesterday

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#67 Ripped Jeans Sunburn

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#68 When You Fail At Your Wifey Duties Of Applying Sunscreen On Your Husband. I Blame The Spray Sunscreen. Or We Can Just Call It Art

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#69 Wife Helped Me Put Sunscreen On

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#70 My Grandfather’s Two-Toned Feet From Working Outside His Whole Life

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#71 Spray Sunscreen Would Provide Adequate Coverage They Said

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#72 The Tan Lines On My Feet

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#73 This Classy Tan

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#74 Got A Sunburn After Putting A Band-Aid On

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#75 Sunscreen Is Very Effective, But I Can’t Reach The Middle Of My Back

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#76 Who Else Has Some Crazy Tan Lines?

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#77 Please Remember To Re-Apply Sunscreen. I’ve Never Felt Crispier

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#78 I Said I Wanted A Blacked Out Sleeve Tattoo And The Sun Gave Me A Free Trial

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#79 My Son Fell Asleep Sitting On A Beach Chair

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#80 My Tan Line From Wearing Gloves At Work (Laborer On A Trash Truck)

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#81 When You Use Spray Sunscreen And Forget To Rub It In So It Leaves Whack Tan Lines

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#82 I Think I Forgot To Apply Sunscreen Somewhere

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#83 This Sunburn I Got While Working On Top Of A Greenhouse All Day

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#84 My Tan Line

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#85 Went To The Beach Today. Missed Some Spots With The Ol’ Sunscreen

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#86 The Range Of My Skin Color (My Fully Tanned Arm Across My Tanless Shoulder)

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#87 Throwback To 2011 On Exactly Why I Should Not Be Allowed In The Sun. Even With Sunscreen I Can’t Escape The Burn

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#88 Always Wear Sunscreen. Apply The Sunscreen Correctly Or Reap What You Sow

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#89 “Did I Rub All The Sunscreen In?”

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#90 Wear Sunscreen My Friends

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#91 Painted Roof For 6 Hours With Only 1 Leg In The Sun Without Sunscreen

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#92 Massive Sunburn After A Day At The Beach

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#93 Tried To Put Sunscreen On My Back

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#94 Reapplied Sunscreen Twice, Wore A Hat, Sat In The Shade, Even Had My Mother Help Me Reach Places I Couldn’t Get To. Yet This Still Looks Like I Walked Into Reactor 4 Of Chernobyl

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#95 Got This Nice Little Sunburn Almost 2 Weeks Ago, Really Dark Red Almost Purple So I Think It’s Gonna Be Around For A While

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#96 I Guess I’m Bad At Sunscreen

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#97 The Result Of 15 Minutes In The Australian Sun Without Sunscreen. Currently On Day 3 Post Burn And While Some Of It Is Improving, Other Parts Look Purple And Are Blistering

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#98 Missed A Few Spots With The Sunscreen Stick

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#99 This Is Why We Reapply Sunscreen (I Was Pretty Much Stuck In Bed For About 3 Days)

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#100 Nice Tan Lines

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#101 Starting To Really Understand The Reasoning Behind The Whole Socks And Sandals Thing

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#102 A Day Of Softball. Sunscreen Didn’t Help, And I Learned My Lesson

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#103 I Got Sunburned On My Face And Shoulders

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#104 The Sun Almost Cooked Me Up For Breakfast

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#105 Wife Helped Spray Sunscreen On My Back

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#106 When You Don’t Rub In Your Husband’s Sunscreen

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#107 PSA: Always Rub In Spray Sunscreen

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#108 My Dad Wore A Shirt That Didn’t Fully Coverup His Untanned Sections And Got Really Burnt. His Arm Looks Like A Neapolitan Ice Cream

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#109 Fell Asleep On A Beach In Mexico, Woke Up With One Spot Of A Sunburn

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#110 I Think You Can Imagine How Bad My Sunburn Is Just Based On These Tan Marks That Aren’t Even As Bad As My Other Ones

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#111 My Watch Tan Is Insane

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#112 16 Sunny Days With Slippers Only

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#113 I Dozed With My Sunglasses On And This Happened

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#114 I Forgot To Apply Sunscreen

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#115 Went To A Water Park With A Bracelet On And No Sunscreen. Pain

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#116 Neglected To Put On Sunscreen Assuming I Would Be Fine In Black Jeans With Rips On The Knees

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#117 My Hands Are Turning Purple After Getting Sunburned

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#118 Unfortunate Sunburn

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#119 Forgot To Put Sunscreen On Before I Hopped On The Motorcycle, And As A Result I Have This Sweet New Tan Line

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#120 I Work Outside In A Mask All Day. Forgot Sunscreen. Now I’m Three Shades Of White. Thanks Covid

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#121 Tan Line On A Construction Worker Who Wears Gloves Daily

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#122 This Is How I Tan

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#123 We Call This The Neapolitan Sun Tan. Courtesy Of My Husband’s Foot

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#124 My Friend’s Tan Line When He Pushed Carts In The Summer For Costco

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#125 I’m Two-Toned

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#126 I Guess Sunscreen Would Have Been The Better Option. This Tan Line Will Make All The Dentists Fall Off Their Cervelos

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#127 My Fiance Has Three Shades Of Skin On His Arm Right Now

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#128 My Watch Tan Is Coming Along Nicely

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#129 Sunburn On Wristwatch Tan Line

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#130 Working At The Same Spot For Months Full Time. Has Tanned Only The Right Side Of My Body

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