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A study on pre-tanning delivers the proof: when exposed to UV light the skin develops its own light screen. This is yet further evidence that, before going on a trip to warmer climes, is advisable to prepare your skin the change of climate.

With so much to think about before going on holiday, it's easy to forget that the skin should be prepared for an unaccustomed intensity of sunlight. Visiting the tanning salon just once or twice a week before going away is all it takes for human skin to build up an effective screen that may prevent you getting sunburnt while you're on holiday.

This natural phenomenon is also backed up by scientific evidence: in a study conducted at the Technical University of Munich (Am Biederstein Clinic and Outpatient Department for Dermatology and Allergiology, Prof. Dr. med. Dieter Abeck) 67 women and 32 men between the ages of 18 and 30 went on a sunbed once or twice a week over a period of six weeks. Exposure times ranged from seven to ten minutes. The colour of the skin and skin metabolism of the test subjects were measured before, during and after exposure.

The results of the study confirmed that when exposed to UV light the skin builds up its own protective mechanism by thickening and changing colour. Furthermore, specific acids that provide additional skin protection are produced in greater quantities.

Consequently, just a couple of sessions on a sunbed can be the ideal way to prepare your skin for that holiday in the sun. It will have established a gentle base tan, providing a natural light screen that will reduce its sensitivity. Of course, this does not mean you can then lie in the sun for hours and hours on holiday without protection.
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