What is the difference between a tan and sunburn?

It is very important to know what happens to the skin as it is tanned or burned and what long-term, harmful effects may be. UVB rays are most responsible for skins burning. The rays actually pop the capillaries just beneath the surface of the skin. Long-wavelength, UVA rays have totally different results on the skin. UVA rays penetrate into the skin, melanin granules are oxidized and a tan. However, UVB rays are required to stimulate these melanin granules to raise to the skin’s surface, especially in the skin that possesses small amounts of the pigment, melanin. For this July 4th make sure to wear sunscreen and enjoy the beautiful day!

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