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Best weather to get sun tan

9th June 2012  : 

Getting a sun tan will require exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which can cause harmful effects including increasing your risk of skin cancer. Sun damaged skin can also appear older due to the effect of UV radiation on the collagen of the skin. However, some exposure to the sun can be helpful for skin conditions such as acne. If you do want to get a natural tan, use these tips to find the best weather.

A sun tan is caused by the effects of UV radiation. Exposure to UV radiation increases the pigment melanin in your skin. UVA radiation triggers the release of melanin in your skin, while UVB radiation stimulates your body to make more melanin. Both of these types of UV radiation are present in the sun's rays. In order to get a sun tan you want the UV radiation to be high enough to affect the level of melanin in your skin, without being at risk of developing a sun burn.

UV radiation is generally highest between 10am and 3pm, during the summer, on a cloudless day. Some countries broadcast a UV index for each day on the weather report. However, this does not mean that a scorching hot sunny day is the best day to tan. On these days, depending on your skin, even short exposure can cause sun burn. If you wish to tan on these days you should use a stronger sun screen in order to give your skin some level of protection from the UV radiation. Even when tanning on a less bright day sun screen is essential.

When getting a sun tan make sure to protect sensitive areas such as your eyes, lips and hair. You might want to consider protective eyeglasses, lip balms that contain sun screen and hair styling products with SPF protection.

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