Sunday, 1 August 2010

Tanning: a death sentence?

As we steadily entered August, which according to the majority of people is the best month for summer vacation, I pondered more and more upon the pros and cons of a rather common activity during the aforementioned period. I am referring to tanning and everything it brings along with it. I will make this post in the form of pros and cons, as you probably figured it out by now.
Firstly allow me to introduce you to the rather positive aspect of catching some sun rays in the summer.

1. Exposure to the sun is necessary to the maintenance of over 100 vital biological functions.
2. Sun rays increase strength, energy, endurance, tolerance to stress, and the ability of the blood to absorb and carry oxygen; and decreases the resting heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, blood sugar and lactic acid.
3. Solar exposure is vital for providing a healthy level of vitamin D in the body. Vitamin D is necessary for the absorption of calcium and other vital minerals from the diet.
4. Sunlight has been scientifically proven in numerous studies to reduce serum cholesterol levels.
5. Exposure to sunlight is necessary to the production of Solitrol (an important hormone found within the skin).
6. Sex hormones are most efficient when a woman or a man is exposed to sunlight.
7. Psoriasis has shown a decrease in affecting the body, when the subject is exposed to sunlight.

As for negative sides, I feel obliged to mention these:
1. Increases risk of skin cancer, if not taken with moderation.
2. May cause acne when dealing with acne-prone skin and/or worsen acnetic skin (it stimulates the production of sebum, which clogs the pores and cause blackheads/redness).
3. Excessive exposure may cause dispigmentation/discoloration of the hit zones .
4. May result in the appearance of freckles/moles, which should be taken attentively.
5. This is really more of a SPF-related, but some sunscreens contain perfume and when in contact with direct sun light are probable to result in discoloration or skin irritation (redness).
6. A really familiar to just about anybody, but I shall do it justice- sun burns and flaky skin are simply a revolting sight to see and a painful way to spend your summer vacation!
7. May cause premature aging of the skin and wrinkles.

To sum up I'd like to list a few items that may help to prevent such disasters from occurring. Go to the nearest drugstore and ask which sunscreen is most appropriate for your skin type! They will help you pick the right substance and also the right SPF. Never forget a sun screen (at least SPF 15!) and remember to reapply! Bring a hat to the beach. You may not use it, but might prevent a heat stroke!
I believe you will find this interesting and also, useful.

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