The All-over Lobster Look – How do you tan and how much is down to your skin DNA?

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With summer holidays finally here, lots of us are heading off on overseas jaunts. While some people are heading to Spain or France to work on their tans by soaking up the rays on the beach, others are taking a more ‘shaded’ approach and choosing to go to places where they are less likely to sizzle in the sun.

Why does a person's skin react differently to others’? Why do some people burn faster than some? The simple answer is that it has a lot to do with our skin DNA.

Sun damage

We've all been told of the importance of protecting our skin from harmful UV rays by applying sunscreen, avoiding extensive sun exposure and wearing a hat. Too much exposure to the sun can result in early skin ageing, sun spots, and, worse, skin cancers. No matter how your body reacts to the sun, it's vital to protect it from UV rays.

So, how do you tan?

There are many genes within your body that determine how sensitive your skin is to UV rays. These genes regulate the type of melanin (the natural pigment that occurs in skin that results in your tan) produced in your skin cells. For some people, the melanin produced results in an easy ability to tan, while for others, the melanin makes you more sensitive to the sun and therefore more likely to burn.

More skin genes

That’s not all – you also have genes that determine the moisture levels, elasticity and overall ageing of your skin. When you go out in the sun, each of these genes regulate how your skin is reacting to UV rays and how well you tan, with differing results depending on your genetic makeup. It is your genes that can determine how soft your skin is, how easily you develop wrinkles and whether or not you easily get stretch marks.

Understanding your skin

The best way to know how to protect your skin is to understand how your genes are affecting you. The Evergreen Life skin DNA test provides you with an overall insight into your genetic mix and will highlight the sorts of issues that you may face. It will allow you to understand how exposure to the sun will affect your skin and whether or not you should consider adjusting your diet or using more intense moisturising lotions.

Discover the inner you

If you want to discover more about your skin DNA, why not take our skin DNA test?

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Evergreen Life

Article updated:
August 15, 2017
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