Baked Brits share snaps of their disastrous sunburn following the weekend ...

This weekend was a scorcher for many across the UK, but some Brits were ill-prepared for the hot weather and forgot to lather on the sun-screen.

Saturday was the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures hitting a scorching 34C in London.

And some Brits failed to take proper precautions, soaking up the sun without protecting their skin from the potentially damaging rays.

Dozens took to social media to share photos of their epic tanning fails, from charred ankles and awkward strap marks, having been out in the hot sun without applying enough protective lotion.

But while these images are amusing to look at, the consequences of sunburn can be very serious.  

This poor lass moaned she was left looking like a 'lobster lady' after catching the sun while playing golf - despite lathering on the factor 50

This poor lass moaned she was left looking like a 'lobster lady' after catching the sun while playing golf - despite lathering on the factor 50

Ouch! This mum was left with painful-looking tanlines after taking part in a Race for Life without wearing sun lotion

Ouch! This mum was left with painful-looking tanlines after taking part in a Race for Life without wearing sun lotion

Current research suggests that while many people who are severely sunburned as children never develop skin cancer, one blistering sunburn in childhood increases the risk of melanoma later on in life by 50 per cent. 

Another study claims that white women who get five or more severe sunburns in their teens have double the risk of developing melanoma.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and the numbers of new cases diagnosed each year are increasing.

Most non melanoma skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun. This may be long term exposure or short periods of intense sun exposure and burning. 

The Dermatology Clinic London's leading dermatologist Dr Daniel Glass told FEMAIL: 'While these images look amusing now, the the effects of UVA rays are felt more substantially in the long term. 

'Many individuals fail to understand just how impactful just one sunburn can be when it comes to your risk of developing skin cancer.  

#BringonWinter! This Twitter user suffered burnt ankles after cheering on her kids at a sports day and football tournament

#BringonWinter! This Twitter user suffered burnt ankles after cheering on her kids at a sports day and football tournament

Instagram user Heather Poppy learnt why you should never fall asleep in the sun the hard way

Instagram user Heather Poppy learnt why you should never fall asleep in the sun the hard way

Singer songwriter Luke Sinclair shared this snap of his burnt legs on Instagram, admitting: 'Either I caught some serious rays yesterday or got the ever livin' hell slapped outta my calves'

Singer songwriter Luke Sinclair shared this snap of his burnt legs on Instagram, admitting: 'Either I caught some serious rays yesterday or got the ever livin' hell slapped outta my calves'

'These long wave rays penetrate deeper into the skin and repeated exposure can cause premature ageing due to a gradual loss of elasticity in the skin. 

How to ease sunburn 

DO:

Get out of the sun as soon as possible

Cool your skin with a cool shower, bath or damp towel (take care not to let a baby or young child get too cold)

Apply aftersun cream or spray, like aloe vera

Drink plenty of water to cool down and prevent dehydration

Take painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen for any pain

Cover sunburnt skin from direct sunlight until skin has fully healed

DON'T 

Use petroleum jelly on sunburnt skin

Put ice or ice packs on sunburnt skin

Pop any blisters

Scratch or try to remove peeling skin

Wear tight-fitting clothes over sunburnt skin

Information supplied by NHS England

'Individuals with lighter skin and children should take extra care and keep themselves well protected from repeated episodes of sun exposure (i.e. burning each summer on your annual holiday), as it is considered a high risk factor for developing serious skin conditions such as, melanoma.

'Getting sunburnt doesn't mean you will definitely develop skin cancer, but sunburn can cause DNA damage in the skin, which in turn can be linked with the development of premalignant lesions (actinic keratoses) and skin cancers, such as Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma.' 

He added: 'Actively trying to get a sun tan is not advisable. During the summer months or whilst on holiday in sunnier climes, avoid sitting out in the middle of the day. 

'If you are going to be in the sun, it is important to protect your skin with shade, clothing and a sun cream which protects you from UVB and UVA rays.   

'Both UVA and UVB can alter your skin and over time can be associated with

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