Nearly 40% of people admit to using cooking oil instead of sun cream

Tan crazy residents of Yorkshire are ditching protective sun creams and using COOKING OILS in a misguided bid to tan quicker, a study by supermarket Asda has revealed.

By Stephanie Bateman
Tuesday, 11th June 2019, 9:24 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th June 2019, 9:40 am
Tan fans are using cooking oil instead of sun cream
Tan fans are using cooking oil instead of sun cream

218,000 Yorkshire residents risk burns and skin cancer by smearing vegetable, olive and coconut oil on their skin before sunbathing, with men (38%) worse than women (9%) for raiding the kitchen cupboards.

Shockingly, a quarter (25%) of sun worshippers have purposely not applied sunscreen in the bid to tan quicker, even though four fifths (80%) of residents have suffered sunburn.

Tan fans are using cooking oil instead of sun cream

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The research also found that for nearly a quarter (22%) getting sunburnt does not bother them and even more worryingly, over a quarter (26%) somewhat believe that a sunburn will turn in to a tan.

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Attitudes to the sun seem to differ depending on whether we are abroad or in the UK.

Over four fifths of residents (84%) will apply sunscreen when abroad, but for those opting for a staycation, more than half (54%) will not apply sunscreen.

Almost a quarter (24%) don’t think the sun in the UK is strong enough to need sunscreen, with 15% also thinking it is unnecessary.

Love Island’s Dr Alex George – an NHS doctor who famously suffered bad sunburn in last year’s series warned: “We are a nation of sun-worshippers, but it’s worrying to see that so many Brits are using cooking oil to get a better tan and are unaware of the importance of UV protection – especially when buying sunscreen. Whether at home in the UK or holidaying abroad, we need to take sun protection and damage seriously. We all have a friend that burns quicker than others, risking serious skin damage and even melanoma skin cancer to achieve a tan is simply not worth it”.

Meanwhile, nearly three quarters (70%) will put on sunglasses as a form of sun protection, whilst over two fifths of sun worshippers (41%) are put off buying sunscreen as they think it is expensive.

A spokesperson from Asda comments: “We want people to have fun this summer, but we want them to be safe in the sun. When outdoors it’s important to protect yourself and use a sun cream with a 5* UV rating, ensuring it is applied regularly throughout the day to avoid burning in the sun. For as little as a few pounds, holidaymakers can protect their skin from harmful UV rays regardless of whether they are holidaying abroad or in the UK this summer”.

Although more than half (53%) worry about UV light causing skin cancer, and the effects of UV to aging their appearance (26%), nearly half (48%) never check the UV forecast before going out into the sun and when buying sunscreen, residents are more concerned about SPF rating (69%), than UV rating (56%).

For more information on protecting your skin this summer, or Asda sunscreen, please visit