An American influencer has revealed to the world the brutal threat of severe sunburn that is a daily part of life in Australia’s sweltering summers.
Taylor Nunez, 22, posted a video to TikTok showing off the gruesome sunburn she suffered on her arms and legs during her first trip to Sydney.
“I’m in Sydney Australia for the first time and didn’t realise the Ozone layer is non-existent here,” she said.
“How does this happen? I think I added about 15 years of ageing onto my legs due to this.”
In the video, which has racked up a whopping 3.8 million views, Ms Nunez shows sunburn over her legs and arms, with blisters on her skin.
“My arm is not much better either, or my chest, or the back of my legs, it’s all really bad,” she said.
“If you have any tips beside aloe, it would be greatly appreciated, because I need all the help I can get.”
In the comments section of the video, Ms Nunez said she had been sweating during a walk “for like an hour”.
“It wasn’t like that before I went on the walk and I came back home to it like this.”
Man fans expressed alarm over the footage.
“My tip is ‘go to the hospital’,” one said.
Another posted: “Oh my god I never seen a burn that bad and I’m Australian!”
One TikTokker recommended the American tourist buy 50+ sunscreen, writing: “tourist’s need to realise that aus heat is a whole different level from America especially.”
Following her first video, Ms Nunez posted another to update her followers and said her skin looked to have mended after about 12 hours.
“You guys, I genuinely don’t know what happened, my leg is fine,” she said, showing it off.
“Like yeah, she is peeling a little bit, but she is good to go and ready to rumble.”
Sunburn is acute skin inflammation following overexposure to UV radiation, according to Cancer Council.
It is a serious health hazard and is associated with increased melanoma risk.
The council states a January 2019 nationally representative survey found about 21 per cent of adults were sunburnt on the previous summer weekend when they were outdoors.