- Is tanned skin an expression of beauty?
- How does a sun burn affect your skin?
- Can occasional sun tanning cause cancer?
- Can skin cancer get transmitted?
- Does your skin type affect your chance of getting skin cancer?
- What are the other effects of sun tanning?
- How to get the essential amount of sunlight?
- How to stay safe?
Is tanned skin an expression of beauty?
Every holiday season, the beaches are charged with people, all trying to get that perfect tan considered to be a mandatory expression of beauty for the summer holidays. But your skin will remember each and every one of these sunny holidays and the more you tan the more damage you are causing to your skin. It is like driving your car every day from Mumbai to Goa just to post a letter. You can do it easily and the car gets there quick, but the car doesn’t last too long. It wears out much quicker and so does your skin. The very prospect of exposing oneself to skin cancer in return for a glowing, tanned skin seems irrational. Tanning, in the first place, is a sign of genetic damage and occurs when the skin cells are no longer able to protect themselves, thus starting the production of melatonin and increasing the risks of skin cancer.
How does a sun burn affect your skin?
Every time you get sun burnt, you increase the odds of you getting skin cancer. Sunburn increases your risks of developing both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. Melanoma, one of the most dangerous forms of cancer, occurs when the pigment-producing cells that give colour to the skin become cancerous. Melanomas can occur anywhere on the body while the non-melanoma skin cancer usually starts in the cells of the skin. Skin cancer can sometimes be detected decades after sunburn, or from accumulated sun exposure and here is one area where an ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure.
Can occasional sun tanning cause cancer?
It is becoming more of a tradition to get tanned every time one is near the ocean or by the pool. With a host of celebrities’ incessantly advertising their tanned bodies, this beauty myth is impacting teenage minds, leading to an addictive routine of lying around under the sun. Some researchers conclude that tanning can be addictive and if not alerted in time, it may turn into an unhealthy habit that invites major health problems in the long run.
Can skin cancer get transmitted?
For to be mothers, sunbathing can be a great way to pass time as they plan their child’s welcome into this world but it is not a safe vacation sport for the baby-to-come. Though melanoma does not get transmitted from the mother to an unborn child in the womb, melanoma does worsen the prognosis in pregnancy. Like the rest of the cancers, the risk of skin cancer can often be transmitted within families and through the generations.
Does your skin type affect your chance of getting skin cancer?
People having darker skin and higher melanin content are relatively less susceptible to skin cancer as compared to people having a lighter skin complexion. Melanin, a skin pigment, does act as a shield but acquiring it by tanning causes low-grade chronic DNA damage, leading to the possibility of getting both, non-melanoma skin cancer or Melanoma. While lighter-skinned people are more likely to get skin cancer, people with brown skin are not necessarily immune either.
What are the other effects of sun tanning?
Apart from skin cancer, other skin related issues such as hastening of the ageing process, brown marks and wrinkles are the long lasting side-effects obtained in return for that tanned glowing skin shade. Freckles, photon damage, wrinkles, lines and pigmented spots are all different kinds of sun damage, both medical and cosmetic, resulting from over-exposure, or simply long-term exposure, to the sun.
How to get the essential amount of sunlight?
It is an eternal verity that sunlight is also a vital source of Vitamin D, the vitamin that regulates the efficient functioning of multiple systems in the body. Specialists suggest that just ten minutes of an early morning session with the rays of the sun falling on you will enrich you with a stock of Vitamin D sufficient enough to steer you clear of any deficiencies.
How to stay safe?
Follow this three-way rule: Stay in the shade, avoid the mid-day sun and use protective clothing and sunscreen (SPF 30-50), as it works for all skin types. Sunscreen lotions containing UVA (cancer and painless) and UVB (burning) protection are essential to carry and apply, especially if you are planning to be out in the sun for long hours.