Do You Really Want That Perfect Golden Tan?

Most Americans, including up to 80% of people under age 25, think they look better with a tan.

A tan is the skin’s response to injury caused by UV exposure. Tanning occurs when ultraviolet rays penetrate the epidermis, the skin’s outer layer causing the production of melanin as a response to the injury. Chronic exposure to ultraviolet light, both natural and artificial, results in a change in the skin’s texture, causing wrinkling and age spots of the skin. Thus, tanning to improve appearance is ultimately self-defeating.

Skin cancer is epidemic in the United States, with more than 1 million new cases diagnosed annually. Although the numbers of new cases of many other types of cancer are falling or leveling off, the number of new cases of melanoma is growing. In the past, melanoma mostly affected people in their fifties or older, but today dermatologists see patients in their twenties and even late teens with this type of cancer. Experts believe this is partly due to an increase in the use of tanning beds and sun lamps, which have high levels of UVA rays.

Here are some tips to protecting your skin from sun damage.

  1. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 every day, even on cloudy days and when you don’t plan on spending much time outdoors.
  2. In the direct sun, wear a sunscreen with a higher SPF, like SPF 30.
  3. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Ideally, it should also be hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic so it doesn’t cause a rash or clog your pores and give you acne.
  4. Apply sunscreen thickly and frequently. If you’re not sure you’re putting on enough, switch to one with a higher SPF.
  5. Reapply sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours and after swimming or sweating.
  6. Take frequent breaks. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

 So I ask you again, Do you really want that perfect golden tan?

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