Mum ends up in hospital with ‘horrendous’ sunburn despite ‘using SPF 30 all day’
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A mum was left with a severe sunburn after spending an afternoon at the beach – even though she apparently wore factor 30 suncream all day.
Danielle Fitzsimons spent three hours on Buncrana Beach with her dad Stephan, 54, and her kids Khloe, nine, and Hayleigh, eight.
The 31-year-old, from County Tyrone, bought SPF 30 Malibu Lotion Spray and claimed to apply the protection multiple times.
But despite using the suncream, Danielle told how she woke up later that night shivering with pain.
Now photos show how the burns transformed her whole back with marks that are around 1ft tall and 1.5ft wide.
Her upper back was covered in pus-filled blisters that popped when she laid down.
She went to hospital where she was told her injury was "as close to third degree burns as sunburn gets".
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Danielle said the "horrendous" pain left her fearful of leaving the house as UK temperatures soar.
The single mum shared the images of her burn to Facebook where more than 3,000 users have liked, commented and shared it.
She has complained to Malibu who are waiting for her to fill the form – but the company claim many are unaware of how much lotion is needed.
Now Danielle is covered in "thousands of little blisters as her skin's all torn off".
Speaking about the pain, she detailed: "I can't lie down, I can't brush my hair, I can't do anything. I feel ill because the pain is so bad."
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She added: "It's unbearable. I don't understand why everyone else was fine and I'm the only one that ended up like this.
"People at the hospital said it's about as close as you can get to third-degree burns from the sun.
"They had me on gas and air to do the bandages and I've been nearly every day since.
"When I try and lie down the blisters are just busting and running down my back and my shoulders."
Danielle says she's confused how her trip left her so badly burned when she claims to have applied the cream multiple times.
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She said: "I usually get a good tan. I'd never burn. Normally I'd get browner because I like to keep myself topped up with sun cream.
"I applied the cream before I even left the house, then I applied it when I got there and then while I was there too.
"I think that's more than enough times to apply it."
Danielle has contacted Malibu regarding the product and she is currently in the process of writing a complaint.
The company has stressed the importance of correctly applying their products.
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A Malibu spokesperson said: "We await Danielle's completed complaints form.
"As a company we adhere and conform to all UK and European regulations. Our product formulations go through stringent testing to gain their SPF claim and we operate strict quality control in house.
"When a sun protection cream/lotion is tested a certain amount is applied to a certain area of skin. The skin is exposed to artificial sunlight for a certain amount of time and depending on how the skin behaves determines the SPF.
"A normal fair skinned person would burn in 10 minutes without suncare. If they use SPF30 this will give them 30 times longer in the sun before burning than without use (no matter how many times it's applied). This equates to 300 minutes, five hours.
"An appropriate application should be two-to-three tablespoon of lotion to an average body in a swimsuit. (If you hold your palm upside down and dip, the depression is one tablespoon).
"This is quite a lot a lotion and our problem is that the majority of the public do not realise how much protection they need to apply to get their SPF coverage. If they don't apply enough suncare then they do not get the SPF they are expecting.
"The ethos of our company is that suncare should be affordable to everybody. We also try to educate so people are aware how key application is as well."
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