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That awesome tan is not good for you, it’s making your skin age faster

Spending too much time in the sun comes at a cost. You could get sunburns, uneven pigmentation damaged existing collagen resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin.

health and fitness Updated: Mar 06, 2017 08:59 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
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Tanned skin could be a marker of ageing skin.(Shutterstock)

Heading to the beach to get a beautiful tan? Think again, as radiation from the sun or tanning sessions hasten skin ageing in the long run, a new study has warned.

Environmental factors can damage the skin in multiple ways, from UVB rays causing sunburns and uneven pigmentation to UVA and infrared radiation penetrating more deeply into the skin to damage existing collagen and reduce collagen production, resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin.

“Ultraviolet radiation from the sun and indoor tanning beds not only can increase your risk of skin cancer but also can contribute to skin ageing,” said Arianne Shadi Kourosh, of Massachusetts General Hospital in the US.

Though it is a very fun thing to do, avoid going out in the sun too much. ( Shutterstock )

“Moreover, other forms of radiation, such as heat and visible light, can negatively impact the skin, as can pollution, so protecting your skin from the environment can benefit both your health and appearance,” said Kourosh.

Habitual UV exposure can cause blood vessels to become more prominent, causing skin redness, while visible light and pollution can cause uneven skin tone, especially in darker skin types, researchers said.

“Since both types of UV rays can damage the skin, it is important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that provides both UVA and UVB protection, with an SPF of 30 or higher” Kourosh said.

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First Published: Mar 06, 2017 08:45 IST