Joys of summer! The smell of freshly cut grass, drinking coffee on your porch, enjoying a very late sunset and of course, having a lovely tan. Have you ever wondered why we get tanned? Why does your skin gets darker and why people say it’s so harmful to you? Fortunately, I have some concise answers for you. I’m here to help you make better decisions about your skin and health in general.
First, as you surely already know, there 2 main types of UV rays, wich are UVA and UVB rays. Natural UVA rays are not as harmful as the other kind since they don’t cause direct damage to the skin. However, since they pass through glass, they are used in tanning beds in huge, enormous quantities and there, they are really harmful to the skin.
UVB rays are the most detrimental ones for your skin. Fortunately, they can’t pass through glass so it’s easier to avoid them. They are the ones responsible for sunburns and damages to DNA. UVB rays reach the dermis of your skin and kill cells in your epidermis, making you look tan. Yes, you read that well, your tan is nothing more than dead cells which become darker when they die. Moreover, those rays cause disturbances in skin cell’s DNA, eventually leading to skin cancer, also called melanomia.
Ok great, but how do I prevent it from happening?
The answer is simple: sunscreen.
I already hear you from here. ”But if I wear sunscreen, I don’t get tanned” You’re right. At first, you don’t get AS tanned AS fast as you wish for. BUT, your skin cell regenerating system won’t get as saturated with all the disturbance at once and it will make you a LOT less prone to get skin cancer.
Have a safe tanning session!