WILL TANNING PROTECT YOUR SKIN?
Does a tanning salon tan really protect your skin from UV rays?
As you know, people with dark skin types are more protected from the negative effects of ultraviolet light on the skin than people with light skin. Hence, there is an opinion that in order to protect the skin from ultraviolet light, it is necessary to “prepare” it for this. How do I do this? – Solarium. Does a tanning salon tan really protect your skin from UV rays?
To study this issue, a group of scientists conducted a clinical study on patients. According to the results of the study, the level of markers of DNA damage (CPDs) of skin cells by ultraviolet light was the same, both in patients who did not sunbathe in the Solarium, and in those who visited the Solarium. On the basis of which it was concluded that the false opinion that the Solarium helps the skin to adapt and prepare for the effects of sunlight. Thus, it does not make sense to visit a Solarium for a preventive purpose to prevent sunburn and the negative effect of ultraviolet light on skin cells.
I distinguish UVA and UVB spectra of ultraviolet radiation. Ultraviolet spectrum B (UVB) affects the surface, within the epidermis, but has a powerful photochemical effect and can cause skin cancer. It is UVB that removes a lot of attention from dermatology and oncologists. Ultraviolet A does not cause skin burns and redness, but unlike UVB rays, it penetrates deep enough into the skin and can damage collagen and elastin molecules. Moreover, the negative impact of UVA has a cumulative effect and over the years can significantly accelerate skin aging-photoaging, causing premature appearance of wrinkles, age spots and enlarged blood vessels. For the treatment of signs of photoaging, photo rejuvenation is used, which allows you to remove age spots on the face and body and dilated blood vessels, such as rosacea. With expanded vessels of larger diameter, laser removal of vessels is used.
We offer our patients photo-rejuvenation procedures, we love this technique, but we encourage our patients not to abuse sun baths and always remember to protect their face from UV rays. Do not forget to apply moisturizers as dry skin is more vulnerable under the influence of ultraviolet light. Our skin secretes its own SPF-urocanoic acid. This is why the risk of getting sunburn is higher in windy weather. Do not stay in the open sun for more than 1 hour. The best time for sunbathing is before 11 o’clock and after 16 o’clock. Wear baseball caps or hats that shade your face.
When choosing a sunscreen, make sure that it has both UVA + UVB filters. Optimal SPF from 15+ for everyday use and 30+ when you need additional protection (on the beach, in the open sun, etc.).