Our friend, longtime client, and favorite esthetican, Jamia Hoffman, posted this link to her Facebook page recently. Working at Air-Tan for over 4 years and learning more than I ever thought I would about sun safety, I didn’t think this article would have any new or interesting information. This article does point out some sun safety facts that we should all know by now – protect yourself with SPF, shade, and clothing! – but also describes what happens to our sunburned skin on a molecular level. If you haven’t read the article yet, you definitely should. It has some eye opening facts and imagery about what is in fact happening to our skin when it endures a sunburn.
If you still want the CliffsNotes version, here is what I found most alarming:
- A sunburn means DEATH for at least some of your skin cells….YIKES!
- Cell death and inflammation are what causes peeling skin… RIP skin cells.
- Even turning pink signifies injury to your skin….so even if you’re not sunburned enough to peel, a sunburn still kills cells!
- With especially bad burns, all the damage caused by sunburn also leads to engorgement of the blood vessels from the second layer of the skin, the dermis. Liquid ends up being released from this process, and that liquid needs someplace to go — which manifests as a blister. “Because the epidermis has been damaged so badly, that liquid is able to literally cleave a lake, a space, to occupy between the epidermis and the dermis, and that’s the blister formulation,” says dermatologist Neal Schultz……I don’t know about you, but I would prefer my blood vessels to normal sized and not at risk of being engorged!
- Our skin’s thickness and our pigment are our body’s natural way of built-in sun protection. When you tan or freckle after being exposed to the sun, those are your body’s natural defense mechanisms against the sun. A tan or a freckle is like a built-in umbrella and the umbrella is trying to cover and protect your DNA before more damage is done.
- The key thing to remember is ANY color on the skin, even the lightest tan or freckle, IS sun damage. It is best to protect yourself with at least SPF 30, shade, and clothing while exposing your skin to the sun’s harmful UV rays.
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