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All-over tan is impossible to achieve – Sun protection advice

Posted Aug 06 2010 12:00am

A perfect all-over tan is impossible to achieve, according to new research. The scientists suggest that instead of having one skin type, everyone has different skin regions meaning that some regions tan more easily than others.

Tests using UV light to tan volunteers found a significant difference between how a persons back tans and how their bottom tans. Their backs tanned a lot more easily, and this can explain why many people find it difficult to develop an all over tan.

It has also been shown than the top of the back is easier to tan than the legs, and that the outer arms will tan more easily than the inner arms. Therefore, what is burning for one region of skin may not be for another, which makes advice on how to long to spend in the sun more difficult to follow.

The study was carried out in order to investigate why the number of melanoma tumours varies depending on body site, and the research suggests it may be due to the different ways that areas of the skin react to the sun.

We offer a great sun protection guide to help you manage your sun exposure and protect your skin, because even areas of skin that are more difficult to tan are susceptible to burning.

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