A model has shared a sunscreen “hack” that she says has given her a long-lasting “natural bronzed” look throughout the summer, but the trick could be dangerous according to experts.
Eli Withrow, a Los Angeles-based fashion model, shared videos to her 35,400 followers of how to achieve the supposed sun-kissed glow.
In the viral TikTok video, which has gathered 12 million views, Eli puts a visible layer of sunscreen on her face and leaves out the area she wishes to get tanned on.
She says: “Haters will say it won’t work but I’m convinced that if you put a base sunscreen of SPF 30 on and put the SPF 90 on all the spots you would normally put highlighter on.
“The sun will contour your face when you put bronzer and you will be naturally snatched all summer.”
In a follow-up video, she admitted that the method is not “scientifically proven” but said her nose, where she didn’t apply the sunscreen on, was tanner than other parts of the face.
She shows both sides of her face in front of the camera and adds: “My cheeks also seem a little bit more tanned.
“However, I reapplied SPF 90 after two hours, only to the spots I’ve set.”
Eli said the test results were not accurate at the time of filming as she has put on concealer under the eye and above the lips, as well as a dab of blush on her cheeks to enhance the look.
A few days later, she gave her verdict to her fans and said the “sun contour” method worked.
She said: “I noticed the sun contouring thing are actually working, but the results are really subtle.”
The model said she applied the sunscreen for a couple of days in a row and believed that the same results can be achieved by applying self-tanner on the contour points.
But experts have found it unconvincing and said the method could pose an added risk of skin cancer from sun exposure.
Dr Michelle Henry, a dermatologist and a professor at Cornell’s medical school, told New York Post: “We know that UV light is a carcinogen.
“The execution would be almost impossible. Something like the curve of your cheek, or a cloud, will scatter the light from the sun.”
She added that the higher the SPF number doesn’t necessarily mean the stronger the UV protection.
“That 2% difference in UV protection is not dramatic enough to create this snatched look,” she said.
Dr Henry suggested makeup and dermal fillers such as Botox and Juvéderm as safer alternatives for facial sculpting.