How does melanin protect you?
In addition to helping beachgoers get their tans, melanin also plays a critical role in diffusing UV rays that have been absorbed by our bodies.
Once the ultraviolet rays reach the melanin, they are spread out across the skin by melanin. This dispersal prevents the light from reaching our DNA. If ultraviolet light was able to reach our DNA without the protection of melanin, it would be corrupted and significantly reduce our life spans.
People with darker skin who produce melanin more often are able to scatter UV rays more efficiently when exposed to sun. Those with lighter skin are less adept and scattering rays, which raises the risk of skin cancer.
Tans disappear when melanin reaches the outermost layer of skin and is sloughed off in the natural skin shedding process. Since melanin is so close to the surface, it doesn’t take long for a tan to return to your natural skin color.
What can you do to protect yourself?
Aside from tanning oil and sunscreen, a few simple measures to help protect yourself and your family from harmful UV rays is to expand outdoor living areas with the simple addition of a retractable awning. Unlike sunscreen, retractable awnings provide the ultimate UV protection by eliminating nearly all UV rays from the enclosed area. More importantly, awnings add style and flare to any home, deck or patio and are available in a number of sizes, colors, and styles to match any home or business in need of shaded space.
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