Top tanning tips for a safe, healthy, golden tan.
For many of us, summer means hanging out at the pool or the beach, soaking up rays in pursuit of a golden tan. Sun exposure definitely does have many health benefits, such as creating Vitamin D in the body, which is essential for many functions; bone health, supporting the immune system, strengthening teeth, protection against dementia and brain ageing. The healing powders of sunlight can also help to treat disorders, such as psoriasis, acne, eczema and fungal infections of the skin. It also lowers cholesterol & blood pressure, strengthens the immune system and combats depression.
However care must be taken not to over do it, sunburn or intense sun exposure has very negative health benefits. Skin Cancer makes up 80% of all the cancers diagnosed in Australia every year. Melanoma cancer, the most serious type of cancer is at epidemic levels. The sun’s UVA & UVB rays may make us tan, but they can also cause serious damage. This is because UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin. UVA rays can go all the way through the skin’s protective epidermis to the dermis, where blood vessels and nerves are found. Because of this, UVA rays can damage a person’s immune system, making it harder to fight off diseases and leading to illnesses like Melanoma.
In the past, melanoma mostly affected people in their fifties or older, but today dermatologists see patients in their twenties and even late teens with this type of cancer. Experts believe this is partly due to an increase in the use of tanning beds and sun lamps, which have high levels of UVA rays. Sunbeds have consequently been banned for use in Australia.
Cancer isn’t the only problem associated with UV exposure. UVA damage is the main factor in premature skin ageing. Here in Hong Kong with the high UV rays, we must take care to obtain a good balance. Wear a hat and don’t expose your skin for long periods of time during peak intensity hours 10am to 3pm in the summer.
Worldwide consumers are looking for safe sunless tanning alternatives because lets be honest, there is nothing better then waking up with a natural glow all year round! There are many chemical self-tanning products on the market today, however as the skin is the largest organ in the body, it makes sense to use products that are certified organic and toxic free. The active ingredient in sunless Organic and Toxic free products is called DHA or Dihydroxyacetone, and it’s derived from cacao (yes, chocolate!). DHA is a colourless substance that interacts with the dead cells located in the stratum corneum of the epidermis, and it doesn’t turn you orange. The TGA in Australia and the FDA in USA have approved the use of DHA.
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