Last Updated on August 8, 2021 by Neil Mackengie
Human often expose their bodies to the sun to get a ‘tan”. Very few people realize that sunlight has many important effects on the skin. The most obvious is to produce redness or sunburn. This is caused by ultraviolet light. It transforms “histidine”, a substance contained in the skin, into a substance that opens up (dilates) the blood vessels. And this is what causes the skin to become red.
There is another substance in the skin called “tyrosin”. Ultraviolet light transforms this into the brown pigment called “melanin”. This melanin is then deposited in the outer layers of the skin to protect it against further action of the light rays and we call this effect “tanning”. The sunlight also has a positive health effect. It destroys fungi and bacteria that may have settled on the skin. Sunlight also produces a substance in the skin which contracts the blood vessels. This results in raising blood pressure.
Certain cells in the body that fight infection are stimulated to greater activity by the action of sunlight. Even the muscles of the body are “toned up” by the action of sunlight. And the nervous system seems to be stimulated. Also, the body obtains Vitamin D because ultraviolet light performs a chemical change that produces it in the skin.
If sunlight has all these good effects, shouldn’t a person get as much of it as possible? The answer is that if sunlight acts as a medicine on the body, one should care about how much medicine to take. If you are out to get a tan, you should do it gradually; a few minutes the first day, five more minutes the next day, and so on. Too much exposure to the sun may actually injure the skin and the body.
How Long Does A Tan Last On A Black Person?
Maybe 3-4 weeks. If you have some color to your skin, like an olive complexion you may end up keeping the tan for about 2-3 months.
If you’ve been to a tanning bed or spent a few hours in the sun, you’ve probably wondered how much is enough to tan, and if you’re getting enough of a tan? Fortunately, a tan can be measured and there are tools to do it. Some claim that 30 minutes in the sun 3 times a week is enough to have a noticeable tan. Others say it takes at least an hour each time, and even more to have a really good tan.
Answer- If you’re going to tan, however, and your goal is to tan quickly, the best time is between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
When going to a tanning salon, you are asked to not use the beds for more than 20 minutes at a time. You are then informed that each minute of exposure to the UV light is equivalent to about 10 minutes in the sun. This means that if you spend 20 minutes in the tanning bed, you have been exposed to UV radiation for 30 minutes, which is equivalent to ten times the sun’s UV radiation.