Do you use sunscreen in your skincare routine? If you replied no, you should probably change your mind today. If you don’t use sunscreen, your skin will not necessarily burn. Some people can spend a whole day in the sun without ever feeling the pain of sunburn. The harsher reality of skipping sunscreen, on the other hand, can finally catch up with you. It might not seem so, but not wearing sunscreen is much more harmful than most people believe. Take a look at what happens to your skin when you don’t use sunscreen.

Skin that is tanned

This one should go without saying, but some people are unaware of how easily skin can tan — and the more you tan, the more you are directly affecting your skin’s health. When the melanocyte cells in the epidermis layer of your skin begin to emit a darker shade, your skin starts to look “tanned.”

Leathery Feel

The appearance of a tan is caused by melanocyte cells in the epidermis layer of the skin, as previously mentioned. The epidermis’ lower layer often serves as a protection against UV rays. When you tan, the top layer of the epidermis thickens as the lower layer moves cells outward, almost as if the cells are coming to protect themselves, like armor. As a result, as your skin darkens, you are consciously toughening it — literally. This is why some people who tan often develop a leathery skin type, both in appearance and in touch.

Sunburn 

We all know how normal it is for many people to get sunburned when tanning. If you have the sort of skin that easily sunburns, any red blotch of skin is almost a guarantee that you are suffering from skin damage. Sunburn is usually mild and heals within a few days to a week. However, if you have a bad case of sunburn, you could end up with second-degree burns. If this is the case, the skin can be burned all the way down to the epidermis, the top layer of skin. The dermis layer of your skin may be badly affected, causing blisters, scabs, and even wetness. It will take many weeks for your sunburn to recover if it is this serious.

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