Summer is definitely here and almost everyone’s aim for this summer is to basically get a perfect tan. Then again, it may seem as if that goal is for people with light skin only, people who have dark skin don’t really care and would just like to enjoy the summer heat as much as they can. However, what they don’t realize is that even if you have a dark skin, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you wouldn’t get burnt and wouldn’t be at risk of any skin disease.
Everyone loves the summer because it is a season where most people get to the some of the funnest stuff, just like going to the beach, laying out in the sun, camping in the woods, going on different adventures out of town or the country. Because of all of these amazing activities, people tend forget how important it is to basically take care of their skin during the summer. Especially those who don’t really see much of a change just because they don’t get darker because of their natural skin color.
Dark Skin Needs Protection Too
No matter what type of skin you have, you must always make sure that you apply sun screen when going out, especially if you know you will get exposed to the sun. It is known fact that those who has a darker complexion are more protected from sun damage, all because of the high percentage of melanin that they have. This is what is actually protecting the skin from being damaged because of the sun. This also one of the main reasons why people with darker skin have less visibility of wrinkles and skin laxity.
However, what most people don’t really understand is that even if they do have a darker complexion, they could still get burnt from the sun. The melanin has the ability to not just protect the skin from radical damage, but to basically absorb as much UV light as it can. So that would then mean that people with darker complexion have a higher natural SPF, but it is obviously not enough especially if you will be out in the sun for far too long.
Every skin type is prone to skin cancer if exposed for too long under the sun
It is a known fact that people who belong to races that have a darker complexion, has a significantly lower rate of skin cancer, compared to Caucasians. Despite the low risk, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t a risk at all. According to a New York City dermatologist from SUNY Downstate Medical College, the built-in SPF that people of color have is definitely helpful but it doesn’t work as an indestructible shield.
A study from the National Cancer Institute said that when the body gets exposed to UV rays, the cells within the skin will get damaged. People with light skin think that getting tanned is actually making them have enough melanin so their body could get protected, but this tan that they get is more of a sign than a protection. The sign that the cells are getting damaged, hence it hurts when they get sunburnt.
Since it is summer time, there is no way that people would miss the chance to feel the heat of the beach and have fun swimming. Then again, whether you have a light or dark complexion, UV rays are still incredibly powerful to penetrate your skin and this could all cause skin cancer. Which is why during this time of the year everyone must make sure that they are protected.
One of the most ideal ways to do it is to make sure you are covered. When out in the sun, wear something that would protect your skin and eyes, but make sure that it is not a sweater or some sort because you wouldn’t want to die from heat stroke. Another thing is to apply sunscreen with the SPF of more than 30 and make sure to re-apply every after you shower or swim, it is best to do it every 2 hours though.
Another important thing is that tanning beds and sun lamps must be avoided. Some people think that the sun is worse than these contraptions, but what they don’t really understand is that how these could have the power to damage the skin cells that may also put them at risk of skin diseases.