Whether by artificial means or by the natural sun’s rays, we can all agree summer time means almost everyone of lighter complexion is tanning because they want to look more radiant with darker skin tones.
Tanning happens in the skins most outer layer. This layer contains melanocytes and when exposed to UVB light these cells produce pinkish colored melanin that is absorbed by other skin cells. When skin is exposed to UVA light, the melanin produced from UVB darkens and this results in your skins natural protection from the sun, a sun tan.
Okay tan lovers, you should know by now that repeated sun exposure damages the DNA, causing genetic defects that can result in skin cancer, eye cancer and premature aging such as wrinkles and sagging skin. Luckily, there is self-tanning, and it doesn’t require the harmful sun or UV lights you’ll find in a tanning salon. Self-tanning is a much better option, but it can also be a little tricky. If you want to master self-tanning for a perfect sun-kissed glow tan, check out these easy to follow tips.
I know you’re probably thinking who self tans…really! But a self tan is the safest way to tan because you’re leaving the UV rays out of the equation. We’ve all heard horror stories when it comes to using a self tanner but there are proper steps and better products on the market today to avoid bad self tanning (streaks, orange hands or dark creases), so do your research and don’t give up. But if you must tan outdoors or tan in a tanning salon just limit your exposure to UV rays by cutting your normal tanning time in half and always wear sunscreen.
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