The so-called ‘wellness’ trends involving the genitals sitting over a pot of boiling water or sticking jade eggs in the ‘vajayjay’ have been on the rise. Adding to that list of the insane acts, perineum sunning is now gaining momentum on social media pages.

An Instagram video posted by @ra_of_earth first displayed three completely nude men lying down on their backs, exposing their anal holes to soak up some sun’s rays conveyed “In a mere 30 seconds of sunlight on your butthole, you will receive more energy from this electric node than you would in an entire day being outside with your clothes on”.

Here’s what these sun worshippers opined about the hottest new trend via Instagram:

  • @metaphysicalmeagen: It is an ancient Taoist practice where the perineum is referred to as the Gate of Life and Death and is a gateway where the 'energy enters & exits the body.'
  • @dave.asprey: Decided to double down by putting bare skin on the ground to reconnect with the earth and increase vitamin D by exposing my perineum to sunlight.

But here’s why doctors warn against going with this trend:

  • The skin around the peritoneum is very sensitive and exposing it to direct sunlight is extremely dangerous.
  • Perineum sunning can lead to skin cancer which affects other parts of the body including melanoma, squamous cell, and basal cell carcinoma
  • Sun exposure coupled with human papillomavirus has a higher risk of developing skin cancer
  • While the Instagram healer is only promoting 30 seconds of the act, doing so for a substantial period can lead to long-term sun damage
  • There isn’t any scientific evidence to support such practices
  • You can try safe options like relaxing, mindfulness and meditation
  • Waking up early to do such an act might have produced energizing results and not exposing the rear in the sun
  • Vitamin D deficiency can easily be treated by consuming a healthy diet or by taking supplements

Doctors and other healthcare experts consider this practice to be a classic example of social media misinformation and warn people of its potential dangers. One of them ridiculed the trend saying, “For the sake of everybody, keep your bottoms on when you’re out in the sun”. And people who tried the bizarre thing also reported uncomfortable effects like “My pucker hole is crazy burned”.

Perineum Sunning GuentherDillingen, Pixabay