• Question: why do you get sunburnt?

    Asked by stephthegreat to Katherine on 9 Mar 2012.
    • Photo: Katherine Haxton

      Katherine Haxton answered on 9 Mar 2012:

      Me personally, because I’m Scottish so I have fair skin and freckles, but anyone really can get sunburn particularly very pale skin. There’s not much melanin(a pigment which gives skin colour) in pale skin to protect it from the sun’s UV rays. This is a good thing because it means the body can make vitamin D from a smaller amount of sun, but a bad thing too because you end up sunburned every summer. I’m bad at remembering to put on the suncream.