Tanning in the sun is always dangerous for skin health, here’s why

Tanning in the sun is always dangerous for skin health, here’s why
Tanning in the sun is always dangerous for skin health, here’s why

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SUMMER – The sun hasn’t fully set in yet, but some are talking impatiently about their future tan. Exposing yourself to the sun to look “good” is a practice that is highly valued by current beauty standards. But unfortunately, the sun is much more dangerous than it seems for our skin.

As we explain to you in the video at the top of the articleto fully understand why the sun is bad for your health, you must first look at the effect of its rays on the skin.

Among those that reach us, there are three groups of aggressive rays. Infrared rays, which penetrate deep into the skin and are responsible for the sensation of heat. UVA (ultraviolet A), which reaches the dermis and accelerates the aging of the skin. And UVB (ultraviolet B), which penetrates the epidermis and causes tanning and sunburn.

All of these rays damage the DNA in your skin cells, which can cause burns, dark spots, and skin cancer. More than 80% of these are caused by excessive exposure to the sun according to Santé Public France.

Sunscreen is not enough

These consequences of the sun on our skin can happen to all skin types, even with sunscreen. Although its use is essential, it is not applied in sufficient quantity and not frequently enough to properly protect the skin, even with a high index.

In “real life”, you never add the required quantity, so you have to divide your solar index by two for low indices, or even by four for higher indices. », Explains dermatologist Christophe Bedane to Santé Magazine. An index 50 sunscreen would therefore have the effect of an index 25 cream when applied.

78% of French people think that the sun is good for their health according to a BVA study for the National Cancer Institute carried out in 2022. The sun does indeed have several benefits, but nothing that justifies prolonged exposure.

It is said, for example, that it helps synthesize vitamin D, a vitamin that improves our immune system. It’s a reality but there is no need to tan for hours, just a few minutes of exposure. In addition, it is possible to compensate by eating certain foods rich in vitamin D such as sardines, salmon or eggs.

Prefer self-tanner

The only solution to have a tanned complexion this summer without damaging your skin would be self-tanning according to dermatologists. These products contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA) or erythrulose, harmless substances that react with the top layer of skin to give it a temporary tanned appearance.

Using self-tanner is much safer than lying under the sun or in a tanning booth », Explains Anjali Mahto, consultant dermatologist at the Cadogan clinic in London, interviewed by Cosmopolitan.

And if you really insist on sunbathing, cover up as much as possible, put on factor 50 sunscreen and take breaks in the shade very regularly. Your skin will thank you later.

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