Skin tanning is the process by which the skin darkens after exposure to UV radiation from the sun or other sources, such as artificial tanning beds. This darkening occurs as a result of the skin producing more melanin, a pigment that provides some protection against the damaging effects of UV radiation.
While a tan may be seen as a sign of a healthy glow, it is actually an indication of skin damage. Prolonged exposure to UV radiation can increase the risk of skin cancer and accelerate the aging of the skin, leading to fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.
It is important to protect your skin from UV radiation by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and using sunscreen with a high SPF. Additionally, avoiding exposure to UV radiation from artificial sources, such as tanning beds, is recommended to reduce the risk of skin damage and skin cancer.