The ABCs of Sun Tanning: Understanding the Basics

☀️Summer is a season of Tan☀️

Why do we tan? 

Tanning is actually protecting our skin from Premature ageing. It is a protective mechanism where the skin produces melanin (dark pigment)  to reduce damage from sun exposure. 

Without melanin, our skin would burn easily!

There are 2 types of UV rays  from the sun that damage our skin


UVA rays are longer-wave rays that can trigger skin cancer and premature ageing by penetrating deep into the skin and activating unhealthy tanning and also wrinkles. 


UVB rays are responsible for sunburn and also trigger premature ageing damage.

Difference between Tan & Sunburn

Tan -  Skin produces melanin, a pigment that darkens the skin(TAN) to protect it from further damage from sun exposure. 

Fun Fact - Melanin is an antioxidant that our skin produces naturally!

Sunburn- Inflammation(Redness) that is caused as a response after a few hours of sun exposure( UV radiation). Sunburn results in redness, pain, and in some cases, blistering

How to remove tan?

After long exposure to the sun, if you are primarily indoors, the tan will be gone in 6-8 weeks. It takes longer for body tan to fade as it is usually darker than the face.

Imp Fact: 85% of people don't know that sun is the #1 cause of signs of ageing.

Products that help to remove tan


UV radiation from the sun can cause the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, leading to premature ageing, wrinkles, and other skin damage.

Vitamin C along with sunscreen can help prevent or remove a tan

Vitamin C can help prevent this damage by neutralising free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can cause damage to cells.

It reduces the appearance of dark spots and promotes an even skin tone, while sunscreen protects the skin from UV radiation that causes tanning. 

However, consistent use of both products over time is necessary for best results, along with avoiding sun exposure during peak hours and wearing protective clothing.

Advanced Pigmentation Serum and 2% Granactive Retinoid + Sunscreen

If your skin is damaged already and you have stubborn dark spots or Melasma, start using Advanced Pigmentation Serum and 2% Granactive Retinoid + Sunscreen for bright and glowing skin.


Lactic acid is an AHA that exfoliates dead skin through which melanin is removed & Niacinamide improves skin barrier health.

Also, additional protection comes from applying sunscreen.

When used daily, this helps treat strawberry skin ( red spots or bumps ) & ingrown hair ( black spots ) over time that comes with tan in summer.