Sun Damage And Tanning Do Not Need To Go Together

Sun damage and tanning are 2 things that always seem to go together.

Sun, tan, and skin, are 3 things you need to know how to mix to avoid sun damage to your skin and the dangers of tanning without protection.

A landmark of summer is getting a bit of color in your skin. You start wearing lighter, brighter colors to set off that beautiful brown, and shimmer up like a golden beauty.

Pigmentation Is Natural Sun Protection

But did you know that when your skin tans it is actually your body's protective reaction against the harmful rays of sunlight?

When you first hit the beach, ultraviolet (UVB) rays activate skin cells white melanin pigment production, and on their way to the outer dermal layer are made darker by the oxygen from your blood, and this process is called indirect pigmentation.

As a base color comes into play, direct pigmentation occurs as a result of UVA rays. The usual thumb rule is to tan about 10 times in two or three weeks.

Tanning All Year Round

Spring

In spring, tanning prevents spring fatigue, builds a skin-inherent light protection and prepares the skin for summer.

Summer

In summer, tanning has the same advantages as that of spring. Additionally, a good tan is produced without the heat of summer.

Autumn

In autumn, tanning prolongs summer, gives healthy and relaxed looks and prepares the individual for winter.

Winter

In winter, tanning improves health, provides rays of hope for a good mood and gives a dynamic appearance.

beach tanning

Tanning Beds

Tanning beds are still quite popular, surprisingly, as they do cause almost the same amount of damage as an outdoor tan.

Although times have changed since the clamshell-looking tanning beds of years ago which used shortwave UVB rays, the currently used long wave UVA rays build color more gradually, and do cause a bit less burning to the skin.

While tanning beds are a bit less likely to cause malignant melanoma and permanent damage to the immune system, there will still be side effects like premature aging and sun spotting.

Tanning For Your Health

Despite the long held assumption that a golden tan is a sign of good health, studies over the last twenty years and more have proven that tanned skin has been come by naturally often causes a great deal of damage.

Sun damage and tanning is on every one's mind these days. Once upon a time, it was believed that tanning improved health, and fought spring fatigue.

Folks were encouraged to build up a tolerance to more and more sun exposure as spring and summer approached, and to hang on to those last few sunny days to keep your sunny summer disposition going strong.

Now we know better, and that it is the exposure to ultraviolet rays (also present in tanning beds and sunlamps and sometimes more powerful than the real deal) that cause wrinkling, premature skin aging, damage to they eyes, and in worst cases, skin cancer.

tanning at sunset

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Sun Damage And Tanning
Author: Tanna Mayer
Updated: May 6, 2015

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