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Can Sunscreen Prevent Your Skin from Tanning?

Tanned skin can be desirable for some while sunscreens block the sun rays from reaching the skin, it is a serious question: Do they prevent tanning too? Let’s dive into it. 

Tanning is a protective response of our skin. When our skin experiences long periods of sun exposure, it starts to produce melanin pigment to protect itself from damage, resulting in darkened skin. Too much exposure can give you sunburn. So technically, sunscreens should prevent tanning as the fundamental role of sunscreens is to act as a filter and avoid UV rays from reaching our skin directly.

Sunscreens do their job by either absorbing or reflecting the harmful radiation. Their ability to do so is defined by the SPF number. As no sunscreen blocks the hundred per cent of the UV rays, it does not prevent tanning. Though it does avoid tanning to some degree. To get the optimal results of not getting tanned, you need to reapply sunscreen after every few hours. You can also take help from protective clothes, hats and sunglasses. 

If you opt for sunscreens to deliberately get skin tans, take extra care that your skin doesn’t get too much sun exposure.

Also read: Can You Mix Your Sunscreen with Other Beauty Products?

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Dr. Iqra Mubashar
              Dr. Iqra Mubashar

About the Author: Dr. Iqra Mubashar is a registered Pharmacist originally from Pakistan, Lahore. She has earned her pharmacy degree from the University of veterinary and animal sciences, Lahore. She has completed her internship as a trainee from Children hospital, Lahore. She has completed her research work in clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutics. She has worked as a healthcare documentation head in Al-Qasim enterprises, Islamabad. She has specialized in prescription handling, drugs information, literature research, patient counseling and pharmaceutical care plans. Her research work on coronavirus is under publication.

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