Mum who spent three hours on a British beach is left so badly burnt in the sunshine she has to go to hospital - despite applying factor 30 suncream all day
A mum was hospitalised with severe sunburn after spending an afternoon on a beach - despite applying factor 30 suncream all day.
Danielle Fitzsimons, 31, from from Newtownstewart, County Tyrone, spent three hours on Bumcrama Beach, Northern Ireland, over the weekend with her dad Stephan Fitzsimons, 54, and her kids Khloe Fitzsimons, nine, Hayleigh Fitzsimons, eight.
She bought SPF 30 Malibu Lotion Spray for the first time beforehand to protect herself from the sun's rays and claims to have applied it multiple times, yet later that night she woke up shivering with pain.
Horrifying photos show how appalling burns transformed her whole back with marks that are around 1ft tall and 1.5ft wide.
By Monday her whole upper back was covered in pus-filled blisters that popped when she lay down so she went to hospital where she was told her injury was 'as close to third degree burns as sunburn gets'.
The single mum says the 'horrendous' pain has left her fearful of leaving her house as UK temperatures soar and she's been put off spending time in the sun ever again.
She posted a wince-inducing image of her appalling burn to Facebook where more than 3,000 horrified users have liked, commented and shared it.
Malibu said they are waiting for Danielle to fill in the appropriate complaints forms however stressed that the majority of the public don't realise how much lotion they need to apply to remain properly protected.
Danielle, said: 'I'm covered in thousands of little blisters and my skin's all torn off. The pain is horrendous and I'm lucky if I get more than an hour's sleep per night.
'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. 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.
'It's left me scared to go out. I can't go out at all because if any sun touches my back, even through the bandage, the pain just makes me completely weak.
'When your skin's damaged it makes you scared about skin cancer and this has put me off going out in the sun all together if I'm honest because I can't believe how badly burned I've ended up.
'When I try and lie down the blisters are just busting and running down my back and my shoulders.'
Danielle says she doesn't even mind if her back scars as long as the pain subsides soon, but she's resigned to the fact it could take weeks for the blisters to pop.
She remains confused how this trip out in the sun left her so badly burned when she claims she applied the cream multiple times and admits she is not usually someone who burns.
Danielle said: 'My kids have autism and they love the beach. I just wanted to take them out for a few hours where it's quiet and not a big fuss with everything going on.
'I usually get a really good tan. I'd never burn. Normally I'd get browner because I like to keep myself topped up with sun cream.
'We normally go to Home Bargains to get sun cream, but this time I went to ASDA and I saw this had high UV protection from the sun so that's why I bought it.
'My dad was there with us and he had the parasol up and we were standing in the water about knee-deep and the kids were paddling. I wasn't sun bathing particularly.
'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 their product and she's currently in the process of filing a complaint.
The London-based company has stressed the importance of correctly applying their products and claim the majority of the public don't realise how much protection they need to apply.
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 its 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..'