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Facts about Tanning

Tanning has been a hit for quite sometime now. People, especially women, cannot wait for the summer tobegin, in order to catch some valuable sun, invoking an interestingphenomenon of our body's skin, making it turn bronze, being moreaesthetically attractive and fitting better with certain kinds ofgarments. Namely, people tan for fashion, most of the time. However,they are often unaware of the dangers tanning, or some other parts ofthe process carry with them. Therefore, read on to find out whattanning is actually all about.

We tan in order for our skin to protectitself against the harmful, ultraviolet rays our sun emits. Once therays reach the outer layer of our skin, it triggers the production ofa darker pigment called melanin, located in the pigment cells whichare also found in this skin layer. Nevertheless, before our bodymanages to protect us by turning darker and absorbing the ultravioletrays before they reach any other parts of our organism, our skin getsburnt and inflamed. This process is the most dangerous one when itcomes to sun exposure and tanning. For every sunburn we experience aschildren directly increases our chance of developing skin melanomawhile sunburn at an older age makes us more prone to developing skincancer. Therefore, tanning is dangerous and you should not take theprocess lightly, regardless of the fashion theories behind it.

Means of Precaution

We have to bear in mind that not all ofus have the same type of skin. Basically, some of us have skin whichis more likely to get burnt by the sun than the skin of some otherpeople. This being said, some people should never tan and all peopleshould be careful while going out in the sun. People, who have skinproblems like psoriasis, should stay out of the sun. The same goesfor people who are undergoing chemotherapy or are on antibiotics.Also, people with skin type one and two, people with skin cancer or amelanoma, as well as those who have a history of these malignantdiseases in his/her family, all should avoid excessive sun since theycan regret it later.

All in all, try to tan in the spring,avoiding excessive exposure to sun during the summer months. Wheneveryou do go out during these periods, make sure you drink plenty ofwater, have an adequate sunscreen on, not stay in the sun for toolong, especially when in water since this amplifies the damage sundoes to your skin and protect yourself with adequate clothes.Finally, sun makes your skin age faster, so, if you want to avoidthis unpleasant side-effect, make sure you expose your body to sun inmoderation.

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