Despite all evidence that has shown how exposure to the sun can be extremely harmful, there are still plenty of people who are willing to take the risk in order to get the coveted “summer glow.” And while tanned skin can be beautiful, there are plenty of dangers that go along with turning your skin from pale to bronzed.
In case you haven’t heard it enough, sun exposure can cause skin cancer. And whether you get your tan from lying in the sun, relaxing in a tanning bed, or simply from spending a lot of time outdoors and unprotected, a tan is simply the outward sign that you’ve damaged your skin cells. Skin cancer is becoming a major health crisis in the United States, and it can be disfiguring or even deadly.
Premature aging and wrinkles
If the risk of skin cancer doesn’t frighten you (after all, when you’re in your 20s, you tend to feel immortal), then maybe the thought of looking 70 when you’re 40 might get you thinking about your sun exposure. Again, exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV rays from the sun or a tanning bed) damages your skin on the cellular level. And the damage accumulates. So 10 or 15 years of tanning so that you look great on the boardwalk may lead to premature aging, sagging skin, and wrinkles.
Age spots aren’t attractive
Sometimes, tanning gets you more than you bargain for, in the form of dark spots, or sun spots, on your skin. These are spots that don’t fade along with your tan. They’re most commonly called age spots, sun spots, or even liver spots. Sounds attractive, right?
These spots are caused by the overproduction of melanin in your skin, and are most often found on the areas of the skin most frequently exposed to the sun.
Pale skin is in!
Of course there are plenty of people who will always prefer the “sun-kissed” look. But healthy fair skin is just as beautiful, if not more – especially since we know that skin that’s tanned is, be definition, damaged.
Learn to take proper care of your fair skin by keeping it protected from the sun, and keeping it properly moisturized.