How do you sun tan and avoid the effects of sun tanning (UV rays) at the same time?
What are the necessities you must have in hand when you head to the beach? You need your sun glasses, your sandals, your towels, and of course you need the sun block too, even when you are in a real hurry to reach the sands and the sun!! As more than a million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year and the studies prove the relation of the disease and sun, this is very important.
As per the results obtained from studies, there is no safe way to get a tan. Tanning is the defensive response of your skin to prevent further damage after it is already damaged.
The most dangerous part effect of a natural sun tan is ultraviolet rays or UV rays. There are two kinds of UV rays namely UVA and UVB, both of which damages your skin by penetrating in and even changing your gene signature. The stronger one of these two, UVA, may cause the occurrence of skin cancer on you, if you are exposed to it for a long period of time. UVB rays are the culprits behind the redness and sun burn caused on your skin. They may cause skin cancer as well. The tanning methods available in today’s world tend to keep your skin protected from UV rays. Even then, there are questions about the safety of tanning your skin by shutting yourself in a tanning booth for half an hour.
Tanning beds are becoming more popular as teenagers try to look great with perfectly toned skin and women tend to get rid off the pasty white color from the winter season. The tanning beds are supposedly a little more safe for your skin than natural tan due to the indoor setting. Even then there are some risks involved as there is still some exposure to UV rays are there.
Were you aware of the fact that there is a set limit on the maximum hours you can spend tanning, using a tanning bed? According to the British Photo dermatology Group or BPG which is a branch of the British Association of Dermatologists, the maximum time you may spend on a tanning bed a year is 10 hours. This could be done at 10 sets of 30 minute intervals. Now that is way less than what we actually spend tanning ourselves during each of our vacations.
Natural Tanning Options:
If the temptation of sun is too much for you on any nice day out there, make sure you use a sunscreen with a low SPF. This way you will get a nice tan and some extent of protection for your skin at the same time. Be careful as it is quite possible to get really burned badly by the sun as he will not show any mercy nor will give you any warnings!! T-shirts and hats could cover and protect some of the areas of your body while you are being out there enjoying a nice day or playing some sports.
Some people needs to be very cautious while staying in the sun. Examples are people who have very fair skin, people who are known to burn often and tan poorly, people who already have a lot of moles and freckles on their body, kids under 16 years of age, people who themselves or some one in their family had skin cancer etc. Even if you are one of the rare lucky ones who do not have any of these problems, be careful about how much sun you are exposing yourself to.