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Ask An Editor: Is There A Safe Way To Tan?

Maybe. But you won't know until you click!
Ask An Editor: Is There A Safe Way To Tan? Maybe. But you won't know until you click!

We all enjoy a little sun kissed action here and there, but with tanning posing as your skin’s public enemy number one, it’s hard not to feel guilty when you acquire a little color. Tanning is a process that happens when your skin is exposed to UV rays. When your skin senses the sun, it produces melanin (the pigment that makes skin darker) and uses it to absorb the light (it actually dissipates 99.9% of UV radiation).

Sad thing is, once your skin is exposed to UV rays, it’s game over for you. Damage will be done, and it’ll be irreversible. What you can do, however, is gradually build your color. Though it still spells trouble for your skin, you can save yourself from some major trauma with controlled exposure. Instead of going all out on your first day at the beach, try spreading the tanning time out. Taking one hour a day instead of three hours in one day is definitely a little safer. Also, even if you’re tanning, never skip the sunblock. Ever.

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Oh, and one more thing, please don’t fall asleep while tanning. Life is too short to live with leathery skin! 

Photo from Flickr Creative Commons.

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