Sun Damage, in other words, SUNTAN!
Once the skin is exposed to UV radiation, it increases the production of melanin in an attempt to protect the skin from further damage. Melanin is the same pigment that colours your hair, eyes, and skin. The increase in melanin may cause your skin tone to darken over the next 48 hours.
Evidence suggests that tanning greatly increases your risk of developing skin cancer. And, contrary to popular belief, getting a tan will not protect your skin from sunburn or other skin damage. The extra melanin in tanned skin provides a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of about 2 to 4; far below the minimum recommended SPF of 15.
Sun Damage causes Premature Ageing, sometimes referred to as “photoaging.” Premature ageing is the result of unprotected UV exposure. It takes the form of leathery, wrinkled skin, and dark spots. Although the causes of premature ageing are not always clear, unprotected exposure to harmful UV rays break down the collagen and elastin fibres in healthy young skin, and cause wrinkles and loosened folds. Frequent sunburns or hours spent tanning can result in a
permanent darkening of the skin, dark spots, and a leathery texture.
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