As the summer winds down, there are more people than ever laying out hoping for that last minute tan. The ideal of being pale is horrifying for some people. Which, this does make sense. If you are able to devote time to lying out in the sun, you appear thinner, your outfits tend to look better and the sun does provide the much needed Vitamin D. However, lying out in the sun can cause serious problems as well. Too much sun can cause burns, frequent sun can cause cancer, sunspot and wrinkled skin.
Benefits of the Sun:
Pale skin looks good in some cases. A fair face with blue eyes can be captivating. However, pale legs and arms can often appear larger than they actually are. This is because the eye is drawn to the pale skin tone and appearance. In addition, the pale color often emits a warm light, making this appear more forward and exaggerated. This can make even a thin person appear to have large legs and arms. The same is true for the stomach region. In addition, the pale skin often enhances any shadows caused by cellulite, making them appear bumpier than they actually are.
A touch of a suntan is often all that is required for a person to appear thinner. This is due to the cooler color pallet of the tan and the lack of a highlight point for the eye to focus on. In addition, since the body is darker, shadows appear more subdued and the small marks caused by cellulite seem to dim or become invisible. This allows the individual to have a more streamlined appearance, appearing thinner and smoother than ever before.
Most outfits are designed around the tan individual. This is because society has begun to shun those who are very pale. Since the outfits are designed around tan individuals, the color pallets used with the outfits are often ideal for the tan rather than the pale. People who are very pale and wear those outfits often find that they appear to be washed out and unattractive in them, while the same individual with a tan may find great success with the same outfit.
Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that is needed to convert Vitamin C in the body. Without this vitamin, it is quite possible to develop conditions such as Shingles and Rickets. These conditions can greatly reduce a person’s quality of life. However, it should be noted that a person does not need to get a lot of sun to feel the beneficial effects of Vitamin D. The effects are present with just a few minutes of sunlight exposure a day.
Consequences of the Sun:
Too much sun can have some very serious consequences. The sun can cause the same tanned skin to take on a leather-like appearance. This is due to the sun drying out the skin over a long period of time. While the application of lotion can be used to limit the leathering of the skin, this does not work to prevent it in totality. In addition, sun spots and marks can appear on the skin as signs that the sun is causing damage to the skin. A darkening of the pigment cells within the skin can cause the appearance of freckles on skin that is not known for having freckles.
Cancer can occur if a person is burnt seriously by the skin or if they consistently expose their skin to the sun’s rays. There are tanning booths that claim to reduce the incidents of skin cancer due to tanning, but there is no evidence that these booths are effective at reducing the potential for cancer. The only way to prevent skin cancer is to limit the exposure of sun to unprotected skin.
Sun burns are painful burns caused by the exposure to the sun. These burns often cause the skin to turn red and be painful to the touch. In sever burns, the skin will blister and peel. This can be incredibly painful and takes a while to heal. Damage to the skin at this point can cause scarring and it is possible that the scratching that is done in response to the itching feeling that the peeling skin causes can cause serious scars. The breaking of the blisters can also open the skin up to infections, potentially opening the skin to serious bacteria such as Staph bacteria.
Tanning Without the Sun:
It is quite possible to get all of the benefits of a tan without the harmful effects of the sun. This is done by using a sunless tanner. In previous years, the sunless tanners often caused an orange hue to the person. However, in recent years, the sunless tanner has become more realistic. It can be applied as a lotion or it can be sprayed on in a sunless tanning booth. This truly is an ideal way to have your cake and eat it too. Be tan, but remain healthy and beautiful in the long run at the same time, what could be better than that.