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18 Facts That Will Change Your Perception On Tanning

Warning: We're gonna throw some shade here.

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5. Further effects from long-term exposure include pigmentation, reduced skin elasticity, and a yellowing of the skin.

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This is known as "extrinsic aging". If you're looking for a magic anti-aging formula, then protecting your skin from the sun is one of the most powerful you can find.

6. (And yes, that goes for even a tiny little bit of tan.)


Whether you're going for the full "bodybuilder orange" or something less head-turning, your skin doesn't differentiate between the two. Aspiring for a light tan isn't more admirable than chasing a rich mahogany; you're still putting yourself at risk of premature ageing. There isn't such a thing as a safe tan.

7. Tanning isn't just bad for your skin, it's bad for your eyes too.

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Overexposure to UV light can increase your chances of developing conjunctivitis or cataracts in later life, so it's always wise to invest in a good pair of sunglasses.

13. You don’t need to sunbathe to make enough vitamin D.


We all need some sun, but that isn't an excuse to spend ages soaking up the sun's rays. Most people will get the vitamin D they need from incidental time spent outdoors, and without burning.

15. In fact, no sunscreen can give you 100% protection (not even SPF 100).


Sunscreen does not give you licence to spend more time in the sun. UV rays still get through. The only way to get 100%? Find some shade or head inside for a break.

So #loveyourskin this summer and remember these three key tips:


When the sun is strong:

Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm.

Cover up with a T-shirt, hat, and sunglasses.

Use a sunscreen with a protection level of at least SPF 15 and 4 stars. Use it generously and reapply regularly.