To prevent skin cancers, it is very important to avoid burning. And so, we should understand the difference between sunburn and suntan for we might be unintentionally putting ourselves at risk.
Sunburn is a burnt living tissue predominantly the skin which has been exposed to ultra violet radiations for a longer time frame. Sunburn could also be caused by artificial sources of heat like welding machines. Sunburn is a skin reaction to a DNA damage whereas, a suntan, is the skin’s reaction to over exposure to sun and release of melanin to efface skin cancer. A westernized trend has transcended barriers where people deliberately tan their skin in a process termed as “sun bathing”.
Tanning your skin through artificial means or outdoors has its own risks. There are some necessary precautions you ought to take before stepping out in the sun even if it’s for 30 minutes. This will help you tan your skin to your desired intensity without damaging skin cells. Consider these:
Overexposure to UV rays can cause skin cancer, the result of which is that the skin ages faster, lines and wrinkles begin to appear, the DNA of the skin mutates and the immune system become weaker day by day. Research proves that skin cancer takes its visible form in people even after years of exposure especially during the 30’s. Tanning in moderation is advisable so that your skin soaks up the required Vitamin D, but make sure you don’t cross the line and suffer from skin cancer.
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