This Freaky Video Reveals Exactly What the Sun Does to Your Skin

This post was written by Brittany Greenquist and originally appeared on RYOT.

Your skin is a unique thing — not just because of its color and texture — but because despite its visibility, it can hide a lot of secrets. While we’ve all been told that the sun damages skin, without any physical proof, it’s almost hard to believe what those UV rays are capable of.

But skin cancer is actually the most common form of cancer in the United States, with millions diagnosed every year.

That’s why Artist Thomas Leveritt set up a UV camera on the streets and asked passersby to check themselves out in it. Much to their surprise — and dismay — countless freckles and other hidden blemishes were uncovered.

The wildest surprise is when Leveritt suggests participants lather their faces in sunscreen — they’re not kidding when they say that stuff protects. The lotion literally creates a barrier between the wearer and the sun.

While this video is a bizarre combination of cool and freaky, it also reminds us that, no matter how easy it is to forget, it’s so important to protect the skin you’re in.

Now go grab some sunblock and a straw hat before the summer’s over.

Photo Credit: Thomas Leveritt via YouTube


Rosemary Diehl
Rosemary Diehl3 years ago

Sorry but the benefits I get from sun exposure outweigh the downside

Ruhee B.
Ruhee B3 years ago


Carole R.
Carole R3 years ago

Scary stuff.

Manuela C.
Manuela C3 years ago


Marie Nadeau-Tremblay

I don't get it. This sounded like they were saying freckles are ugly. "protect your beauty and protect your skin from the sun". Sun is GOOD for you. Like anything, too much sun is bad. And freckles are beautiful, I think.

ERIKA S3 years ago

very good to know,thanks

Marie W.
Marie W3 years ago

Sunlight is good- just not baking in it.

Steven G.
Steven G3 years ago

I like what William B says... I also practice grounding and sun gazing (eating the sun). I never use carcinogenic sunscreens, after all, they're made by the pharmaceuticals that notoriously place profit over health. Some comments propose using coconut oil and yes, that works. Another is Vitamin C. I've been out on the Colorado river; all day long without any sunscreen or oils and never burned... and I'm fair skinned. I started with 2,000 mg of Vita C and another 1,000 every other hour thereafter. No shirt and no hat either. Just the tops of my feet got pink and surprisingly, the top of my bald noggin didn't! It's also a proven medical fact that the vitamin D-3 that we receive from our sun negates skin cancer.

The sunshine medicine... Prevent Cancer With The Sunshine and Vitamin D

Dale O.

It is impossible to always stay out of the sun, but one can take preventative measures and go out early in the day or later in the evening. We all need the sun to a certain degree to get Vitamin D exposure, but only for 20 minutes. Moderation is a good idea when it comes to the powerful sun.