With temperatures rising rapidly in London, and across the rest of the UK, it's time to reveal more skin and head to the park and catch some much needed Vitamin D. Our sights are set on summer days spent outside, Pimms in hand, but it’s important to know the facts about what’s happening to your skin as you expose it to the Suns' rays.
It's well known that everyone should be wearing Sunscreen (ideally Min SPF30) and limit your exposure as much as possible, by getting some shade at peak times. But, did you know what really happens to your skin when you get a tan? Or even what goes on when you sunburn?
No matter how much we try to convince ourselves, there really is no safe and healthy way to get a tan. It only takes seconds of skin being in direct sun exposure to produce melanin (suntan). The typical response to this is positive, is it not? I mean a tan helps provide a young, healthy glow, right? However, over exposure is known to cause the complete opposite.
Anything from wrinkles, changes to the skin's texture (think: leathery), age spots, sagging or worst of all the risk of Skin Cancer. We hate to be the 'Bad Guy' but there really is no such thing as a 'safe tan'. It's all the same thing: damage. This damage fast-tracks the skin's ageing processputting you at risk of all of the above problems. If you really want to look like a Bronzed Goddess, head straight for the Fake Tan! There are so many great options available now, why take the risk?
Shockingly, a survey of 364 UK residents by the British Skin Foundation found that a whopping 85% of people admitted to having been sunburnt three or more times in their lifetime. Research has shown that having five or more bad burns can cause serious cellular damage. 10% people asked in the survey also admitted that they didn't wear an SPF higher than 30 when abroad (the recommended base level SPF), and a fifth of people neglected to reapply sunscreen at regular intervals or after they had been swimming.
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