A Tan is Your Body Trying to Protect Itself

“Tans form as a result of damage to the skin by ultraviolet (UV) radiation. When our skin is exposed to the sun we begin to produce melatonin, a dark pigment, to act as a protective layer. This pigment is known as a tan, but is really displaying that your body is trying to protect itself from further skin damage. Sun damage can lead to premature aging (including wrinkles, leather-like skin, and sunspots), eye damage, and skin cancer.”

Source: The Dolphin: The Scary Truth about Solarium

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