Women

07.05.13

That Summer Drink Can Cause Burns

Why poolside cocktails may not be such a great idea for your skin.

Ahhh, summer: time to relax by the pool, soak up some sun, and imbibe in some daytime drinking. Well, maybe you should rethink that last one—or at least, be more careful about it. In addition to giving you a raging hangover, those fruit-sugary beach drinks may burn your skin. Getting fruit juice on your skin and then going out in the sun can lead to a condition called phytophotodermatitis, a reaction caused by chemicals in some fruits and plants such as limes, lemons, and celery—which are prime suspects in margaritas and cocktails garnished with celery. The fruit juice and sun combination can cause blistering or brown spots that may last for several months, according to Women’s Health. So just avoid mixing drinks outside or applying lemon juice to lighten your hair, and be sure to wash your hands with plenty of soap and water.