Why Beauty Isn't Worth the Sun Damage

There are not many of us who don't desire a healthy looking tan instead of a pale or milky complexion. Lying for hours on the beach seeking the perfect summer tan is common. What most people do not know, however, is that sun damage is not something that should be taken lightly. The damage your skin undergoes when tanning does not only eventually create blemishes, dark spots and discoloration; an excess of sunlight more often than not causes skin diseases and especially cancer.

When tanning, you might have sometimes been sunburned. While this is very painful, not many people take it seriously and think of it as a temporary nuisance. The truth is that sunburn, in other words, is when the sun literally burns up your epidermis, which is your skin's outermost layer. When the dry skin peels off and your skin supposedly goes back to looking ordinary you might think that the worst is over. This isn't true. One severe sunburn can double your chances of getting melanoma, the worst kind of skin cancer.

Even when you manage to avoid getting a sunburn, you are not walking away from the beach with entirely healthy skin. What the sun does is make your skin age light years ahead of its time. This damage only gets worse with time, until you have loose skin and various shades of pigmentation on your face, causing your complexion to become patchy and uneven. The sun also causes a smattering of dark spots to appear, on obvious areas such as your nose and cheeks. These spots take ages to get rid of. This way, you will get wrinkles and saggy skin even if you are young, and while your tan may initially hide these abnormalities, once it even out these unhealthy blemishes and unnatural loose skin are very obvious. Sun beds can exasperate these symptoms even further as shown by the photos in this article.

Tanning has become such a norm that people do it without the slightest of hesitation. Not only is there a general lack of awareness when it comes to sun damage and melanoma, but some people even go as far as to disregard sun damage and dub is as a myth. Sun damage is very real; its victims have fresh and glowing skin and lose it just to acquire a tan. Sun tan might be attractive and appealing, but before you consider lying under the sun without any form of skin protection, think about how you are just speeding up your skin's aging process. Everyone desires beauty, but it is really not worth getting cancer.

Dealing with cancer or the aftermath of of such isolating diseases can be helped by an experienced Chartered Clinical Psychologist, which you can locate privately or be referred to by a skin specialist at your local health center.

James Johnson is an expert online author and internet marketing specialist from the UK.