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Hit-Or-Miss

One Of Your Favorite Cocktails Can Actually Cause Serious Skin Burns

If you’re planning on spending your spring break sipping cocktails in a sunny locale, you might want to stop what you’re doing and pay attention.

Drunk texting your ex and waking up with a next-level hangover aren’t the only things you have to worry about when knocking back a few drinks on the beach.

It turns out, spilling your beloved margaritas on your sun-kissed skin can actually result in some pretty nasty skin burns.

I know, I felt pretty betrayed by my boozy BFF when I found out about this, too.

If you’re not familiar with this phenomenon, it’s known as phytophotodermatitis or “Margarita Dermatitis,” and it’s caused by lime juice getting on your skin. It’s also way more common than you may think.

We turned to Monique Olivares, a leading PA-C from Schweiger Dermatology in NYC, to get the scoop on this skin condition.

Olivares told Elite Daily,

Phytophotodermatitis is a skin rash that occurs when a sun-sensitizing chemical on the skin reacts with sunlight. This chemical reaction can cause redness, burning, blisters and residual dark pigmentation at the site of exposure.

If you think about the typical beach party scene, full of sloppy partiers sloshing their drinks around as they live it up under the sun, it becomes pretty apparent why phytophotodermatitis should be of particular concern for spring breakers.

Check out the pictures below for a closer look at this skin reaction (I’m going to warn you, it’s not very pretty).

Drinking margaritas on the beach sounds pretty great…

 

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…but did you know your beloved, boozy beverage can do more than just give you one hell of a hangover ?

 

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Yep, it turns out mixing citrus with sun produces a chemical reaction that can leave your skin with redness, burning, blisters and residual dark spots.  

This phenomenon is known as phytophotodermatitis…

 

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…and according to Monique Olivares, a PA-C from Schweiger Dermatology in NYC, it’s essentially a “skin rash that occurs when a sun-sensitizing chemical comes in contact with the skin and reacts with sunlight.”  

 

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Apparently, lime and celery are two of the biggest culprits that cause this common condition.  

Olivares told Elite Daily, “the initial rash can appear within 72 hours of sun exposure and can range in severity from skin dryness to blisters.”

 

It’s not hard to see why spring breakers should be especially wary of phytophotodermatitis.  

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All it takes is one spilled marg during a sloppy day-drinking session…

 

 

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…and you can end up with a seriously ugly burn that will definitely put a damper on the rest of your trip.  

However, there are some measures you can take to keep your skin safe.

 

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Olivares told Elite Daily prevention is key. She suggested you “wear a broad spectrum sunscreen and reapply every 80 minutes. If plants or citrus come in contact with the skin, wash it well with soap and water and if skin irritation does occur, a corticosteroid cream can be applied for relief.”  

Written by Kaylin Pound, EliteDaily

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Art Hit-Or-Miss Humor Sweets

Clever Artist Turns Worst Break Up Lines Into Baked Goods

Breaking up with someone is never easy, unless you’re an asshole and just use the same old cliche lines. Well, this collection of food art by Isabella Giancarlo is dedicated to you guys.

According to her website, “‘Eat Your Heart Out’ is a series of words remembered from break-ups reimagined as something sweet.”

Her juxtaposition between a sour memory and a sweet treat makes you want to simultaneously laugh and cry when you see them, invoking feelings of sadness, cheer and most of all, hunger.

Giancarlo’s website even has a section in which visitors on the site can submit their name, email and the quote that stuck out to them the most when their loved one was letting them down big time. Check out the best one we could find below.

Well try harder, f***er.

Really? Didn’t even know you could think.

I looked it up, the average is 5.5 inches. It’s enough.

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Geez, I’d hate to be your real sister, yuck.

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What is this, college? Less trying, more doing.

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Get in line, pal.

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We can. But we won’t.

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With the rusty prong on a forklift.

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Yeah, ’cause this body is only going to get younger.

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No, you won’t do this.

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Photo Credit: @eatyrheartsout
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Health

Science Says Eating Lunch at Your Desk Makes You Sad, Stressed, and Boring

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We’ve all been victims of the dreaded desk lunch: a sad salad, wilted sandwich, or microwave meal eaten mindlessly while staring at a screen.  The lunch break is disappearing and we’re none too pleased about it, especially as a recent study has shown that going out to eat, preferably with a group, resulted in higher relaxation and potentially increased creativity and connection to others.  And yes, the opposite is true for when you take your “break” at your computer to drool over clothes on Pinterest that you’ll never buy.

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The German study, published in PLOS ONE, explores the consequences of meal contexts on emotional and cognitive well-being. The 32 subjects were split into two groups, one, which ate alone, and one which ate a leisurely meal in a restaurant with others. After the meals, the researchers tested the subjects for semantic memory and their ability to process emotions in others.  Subjects also filled out questionnaires ranking their mood. The researchers found that more positive moods were reported by the subjects in the social lunch condition.  They also had less cognitive control, which is linked to better perceptual processing, recognition of emotions in others, and creativity.

Don’t end up like  the 65 % of poor saps who eat lunch alone at their desks or don’t eat at all.  When you’re trying to convince your boss that you need a lunch break, tell them it’s been shown that having extra relaxation time can boost your productivity. People with established and socially engaging lunch breaks are clearly getting the better end of the deal.

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Need some inspiration? Check out Not Sad Desk Lunch for some ideas of what to make when you do finally take that hour.

H/T Huff Po + PicThx Sad Desk Lunch