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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.)

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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.

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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).

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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:

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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.