It can be argued that nothing beats nature; natural things are healthier and more effective than fabricated ones. When it comes to tanning, it’s a little more complicated than that. Research has proven that tanning under UV rays, whether they come from a machine or from the sun, is bad for your skin, considerably raising the risk of developing skin cancer.
According to experts, the safest option when it comes to tanning comes from sunless tanning lotions. So, in conclusion, it’s best to just paint your skin.
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Popular Science explains that natural tans damage the DNA inside the cells of the outer layer of your skin, making your body produce more melanin. The production of this natural pigment helps dissipate the UV rays, protecting your skin from more damage, which should be good, but sadly this protection is not enough. Experts claim that producing melanin gives your skin around 2 to 4 SPF protection; the minimum amount of SPF your skin needs is 15.
Suntan lotions contain DHA, an FDA approved ingredient that makes your skin form melanoidins. This compound causes your skin to temporarily change color in a way that’s safe and that doesn’t damage your cells.
If you enjoy tanning – who doesn’t? – make sure to protect your skin with sunscreen, preferably with 30 or more SPF. If your skin is very fair, then you have to be even more careful since your skin produces less melanin and is at a higher risk of developing skin cancer and serious burns. It’s also important to manage your time under the sun, tanning gradually and not risking overexposure to UV rays.