In the 1920s, though, a legend in the fashion industry, Coco Chanel, changed the world's perception of tanned skin. Since then, tanning has grown in popularity. Today, tanned skin is perceived as a sign of health and, as a result, the tanning industry has grown significantly. Sunbathing, while the most popular method of tanning, has been joined by indoor tanning and spray tanning.
The process of tanning begins when ultraviolet rays from the sun penetrate the skin. The sun's rays break down the DNA in the body. In response, the body produces melanin, which is a dark pigment in the skin. The melanin acts as a barrier to prevent the damage to the body's DNA. Higher levels of melanin cause the skin to darken. These higher levels of melanin in the skin provide more protection from the sun.
The sun's rays can be harmful to the skin and excessive exposure increases the likelihood of skin cancer, wrinkles, sagging and leathering. Tanning products with a sun protection factor, or SPF, provide extra protection while outdoors. Most tanning products are labeled with an SPF. The SPF indicates how much longer a person can remain in the sun before becoming sunburned. For example, if an SPF 15 tanning product is used, the person can remain in the sun 15 times longer than without the protective benefits of the tanning product.
The sun is an important part of human life. Life would not exist without it. Beautiful, glowing, tanned skin has come to symbolize a healthy, active lifestyle and 100% Herbal Instant Tan can offer the same natural color without the harsh chemicals and preservatives of other self tanning products.