What Exactly Does The Sun Do To Your Skin?

What Exactly Does The Sun Do To Your Skin?

The sun is slowly killing you, and so are
those UV beds you lay on to darken your skin tone before Prom. What can you do about it?! You’ve probably seen this viral video in all
the dark corners of the web this week, showing what the sun has done to seemingly beautiful
skin. It’s shocking, but let’s add a little context to this random “scientific” video.
Ultraviolet light damages all human skin, dark, fair, and all the colors in-between;
the reason we even HAVE skin color is an evolutionary response to sunlight damaging human skin. First, what you’re seeing in this video is
the reflection of UV light. Ultraviolet light works the same as any other light. It’s either
absorbed or reflected — darker colors absorb more than lighter. What the camera is showing
us, is where the skin is absorbing or reflecting more UV light. The dark spots are where the
UV light isn’t bouncing back at the camera. UV light is part of the light spectrum, and
though it’s just outside the visible spectrum for humans, if aliens were to show up tomorrow,
they might see us the way this camera does! Some of those freckles, blemishes and spots
revealed by the camera are pockets there because the skin is under attack. When UV light hits the skin it can be reflected
by our outermost layer of skin, the stratum corneum. It that doesn’t catch the radiation,
the rays hit the inner layer of skin, the epidermis where it encounters that melanin
packaged within melanosomes. When skin is exposed to the ultraviolet rays in sunlight,
it darkens, or tans. All skin regardless of color, tans. More melanin scatters more of
the damaging UV rays. Melanin in the skin is produced by melanocytes located in the
epidermis. And it comes in the form of two pigments the brown eumelanin and a yellow
and red phaeomelanin! Dark-skinned humans produce melanin all the time, while lighter-skinned
people produce it as needed.The melanin is evolution’s way of scattering the rays of
UV light before they can harm your DNA, since we no longer have dark body hair to protect
us. If our skin didn’t do this, the UV radiation
would get through, corrupt our DNA, and cause cancer before we could reach breeding age.
There were probably human ancestors that didn’t tan — and thus they weren’t able to pass
on their genes as efficiently. Sunburns are radiation burns from overexposure to ultraviolet
radiation. It turns red because your body is trying to heal the damage and sending blood
to the area. The burn isn’t going to protect you from anything, neither will a tan, really.
In the end, ALL sun exposure results in UV light impacting your skin. It is never ending.
If it’s cloudy, there’s UV. When it’s snowy the UV can reflect off the snow and cause
even MORE problems. When you’re in a pool or ocean? Yep. UV. Light-skinned people are most susceptible
to skin cancers because they have to make up for not having the melanin in the first
place. Darker skinned people scatter more of the UV rays naturally, and therefore have
significantly lower incidences of skin cancer, according to the CDC[a]. Obviously, you can
use sunscreen, which contains organic and inorganic chemicals to block the UV rays that
cause cancers. Some of the molecules absorb the rays and release the energy as heat. However,
a new study from the American Chemical Society found an overabundance of sunscreen in the
oceans frequented by beachgoers. The titanium dioxide and zinc oxide nanoparticles in the
creams and lotions were reacting with UV rays and creating hydrogen peroxide toxins that
kill algae and phytoplankton — the lifebloods of ocean ecosystems. It’s a lose-lose. Though
it’s better to wear it to protect yourself. Maybe we should just go to a movie. In the end, this viral video does NOT show
us where people will be getting cancer. It’s revealing bits of our skin’s protective layer
which absorb or reflect light. It’s stuff we don’t normally see, but it’s always there. How does it make you feel to know every moment
you spend in sunlight is hurting your body? Warm up the comments with your own sunshiney
opinions and thanks for stopping by DNews. Enjoy the rest of the summer, and subscribe
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  1. is so sad?? that this video is only for white. dark skin need sun light what so ever.it needs it. it attacks the white people not the black but I only wanted more info it has of dark and white skin.. not all what this guy says is

  2. However, seeing sunlight and being in nature can improve someone's mood. We're basically forest animals; sun for moments are fine and necessary, but should be limited, as everything.

  3. This video is False , white supremacist propaganda with Homosexual undertones…This is not credible, nor is it unbiased

  4. Um… but without the sun we die even faster. Without the vitamin D from the sun you get rickets. The only reason someone people are white in the first place is the combination of moving north and eating food without much vitamin D(when we became farmers eating mainly carbohydrates). The early ancestors of Europeans ate food with lots of vitamin D, fish for example, and stayed dark for a long time even in the northern climate.

  5. Huh, the sun is bad? Life as we know would seise to exist without the sun. The sun hates the so called white/melanin deficiency individuals. Everything in this universe has malanin accept whites leprous skin. As a result, white leprous skin must protect itself with toxic sunscreen, which in essence is killing the food supply in the sea as well as the soil when the plastic is discarded.

  6. As for me I'm a fair skinned Puerto Rican. Every year in the summer I tan real easily .I haven't gotten skin cancer. The sun is healthy is provides Vitamin D. I could stay all day in the sun. And I look young got my age. Not every one gets skin cancer.

  7. The sun exposes all truths. It just goes to show white folks that they are in places of the earth that they arent supposed to be. They cannot survive in warm climates naturally. Thats why they buy so much sunscreen & wear shades.

  8. How does it feel to know every second in the sun you are also healing your body? This decades-long sun phobia has done absolutely zero to improve anyone's health but it has helped sell billions and billions and billions and billions of dollars of sunscreen. this really isn't that complicated. Some sun exposure is necessary to optimal human health and too much exposure is harmful.

  9. I always put on sunscreen especially in the summer. I bring a little tube of neutrogena men’s sunscreen that costs $6 to work so I can reapply before going out. I hate tan lines and that’s the main reason why I wear it lol

  10. All Cancers Are Man Made! The Sun Is Not Giving You Cancer! The Skin Products You're Using Is Giving You Cancer! But it will Burn The Hell Out Of You! The Less Melanin You Have! These Parisites Always Making BS Videos To Group Us All Together! When Something Is An Issue/Affects Them! SMH!

  11. This guy is clueless lmao! The sun is life not death! All people must have the sun! This guys retarded, the sunscreen caused cancer.. Dumbass

  12. Pale people say out the sun it wrinkles you really bad…shoe leather, rode hard and hung up wet…niggas got too many other problems so we not baking in the sun. ? ? ?

  13. The sun gives life to all things. Maybe you should stay inside. The rest of the planet is is basking in the sun. Your theory has inaccuracies 🙂

  14. I work 12 hour shift outside. I am black. The sun is very harmful wear screen protector. My first year at the job. I didn’t care. When winter came in, I could see how damaging and “leather” like my skin looked.

  15. I think this TED-Ed video did a much superior job in explaining melanin and it's benefits than the Dx news video Watch "The science of skin color – Angela Koine Flynn" on YouTube

  16. I'll tell you what it does. It fucks you up. I hate the sun and I work outside. I have no choice but to completely cover my skin.

  17. The sun is NOT slowly killing us. Hiding from the sun has Americans seriously deficient in vitamin d. We need sun, just in moderation. A suntan is our bodies way of protecting us from the suns damage. So I’ll keep my healthy tan, & you can hide from it.

  18. Wow this is so misleading. The reason your skin ages is tolerance + toxic buildup in your body. You need to build up a tolerance in the sun. You can start by 10 minutes on your front and 10 minutes on your back. This will not age you unless your pale white. In that case just do 5 minutes. Your goal is to build up a tolerance. also I highly recommend you change your diet before you go sun bathing, because you will age if you don’t. My point is your body is toxic and the sun pulls those toxins out. Why people sun bath because it feels refreshing ☺️ but those toxins on your skin surface going make you look like total crap ? I’m 31 years old and people still mistaken me for 22 sometimes younger! Below I list my routines plus what I take

    I follow the 5 set rule:
    Whole food supplements
    Reducing toxins

    Herbs I take bellow:
    Foti Root
    Stinging nettle root

    My day to day life is pretty much like anyone’s. I workout early morning, take my whole food supplement, drink some herbal tea listed above and I meditate equal to my age in minutes. Then I eat something healthy and head off to my day ☺️ when I get home I relax out back in the evening sun ☀️for about 45 minutes fully Naked. After that the rest of the day is however I want to enjoy it. I might draw, play video games with online friends, read a book or work on my own graphic novel. My stress levels are low and that also plays a big factor, but the sun only ages you of your stressed out, toxic fat body. If you don’t do what I do above then yeah the sun is your enemy, but if your healthy internally and low stress levels plus eating right? Then your golden ☺️ enjoy the sun ?

  19. Sunlight Is great, it can boost your mood by increasing serotonin, provides vitamin d for bone growth, it can also increase testosterone levels. Have you read about moonlight, it has effects on us aswell. I've read that it can make someone transform into a werewolf, or make you a lunatic. Luna (meaning moon in latin). It can affect your melatonin which can cause sleeping problems. It has also been said that people who have slept under the moonlight would be more aggressive or even gone mad, if they're violent by nature.

  20. THIS VIDEO IS A FUCKING LIE!!!! The sun don’t kill us at all. If you don’t have melanin yes the sun is killing you!!! Melanin is ‘condensed sunlight’. White don’t have it so yes the sun is killing y’all. If that was the case then earth wouldn’t be the planet for us.!!!! Do your research!

  21. The sun gives us vita d, but for whites beaded on the fact that the earth is heating up, the sun might damage y’all way worst than it did before. I spend excessive amounts of time in the sun, and have NEVER gotten sunburn.

  22. See how he keeps including normal black skin in all this nonsense , lack of melanin ( white skin ) is a defect , a bio mistake , especially if you have to live in a SOLAR planet , blacks only get skin cancer in those areas of their bodies that are not protected by their melanin shield like the soles of their feet , palms of their hands , etc , they NEVER get cancer in their protected areas ie : 98% of their bodies .. no wonder the bible calls white skin a curse or leprosy .

  23. Does this mean by evolution as global warming increases and ozone layer gets damaged. White people will eventually go extinct

  24. I water ski everyday during summertime. I do apply a large amount of sunscreen, but is that enough to protect my skin? Any tips or suggestions??

  25. The Sun grows you and feeds your body in ways nothing else can! This guy is a fraud and a shmuck. Sunlight gives you Energy, dark rooms all day make you faint and weak over time.

  26. Dark skin male here In my early 50s, i got my first sun burn ever on my first trip to the Bahamas. I've always lived in the "seasonal change" north in America. It freaked me out…i have can come to conclusions on a number of things of what happened. No. 1…my skin is aging, there for my skin is becoming weaker. No. 2… "white" DNA from slavery ("Whites" raped "Black" female) No. 3… I was closer to the sun ever before, being near the equator. You've heard it first hand from a once "sunburned" "Dark skinned" man. I will use sun blocker, when prolong stays in the sun, plus you never know what the evil greedy "white" man is doing to the ozone layer (bursting earths protective layering with rocket ships every chance they get) (putting pollution in the air, destroying the earths UV layer). I stand witness to the wickedness of the "white" race greed, wrongful control and wrongful power.

  27. I don't agree with this video without the sun no life exists, sunlight is the best source of vitamin D which help us to absorb calcium and other vitamins
    It's true that it also contains harmful UV rays during its peak hours so avoid sun in the noontime
    Best time is the morning sunlight which comes with lot of positivity

  28. The more sun you get on your skin the quicker you will die.
    Sun accelerates aging.
    Harmful UV radiation from the sun is the major cause of premature ageing, sunburn, eye damage, and skin damage leading to skin cancer.
    Countries who get the most sun on their skin live the shortest.
    People live in a hot sunny climate in general have shortest lifespans, extreme poverty and full of diseases.
    For example: Haiti, Bangladesh,Sudan, Congo, Papua New Guinea,Sri Lanka, Cambodia, East Timor Madagascar, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Angola, Cameroon, , Equatorial Guinea Gabon Zambia Malawi Mauritius Mayotte Mozambique Reunion Rwanda Seychelles Somalia Tanzania Uganda Senegal Sierra Leone Togo Solomon Islands.

  29. This should be individual information instead of general. Like. “White people your skin can’t handle sun. Black people you are good??”

  30. Sunscreen has been around for how long? People have been around for far longer and skin cancer was unheard of. The sun does not cause cancer. This bullshit is spread to keep people sick. The sun strengthens the body. It is far beyond vitamin D. Vitamin D from sun exposure was discovered by accident. No one knows the true potential of sunlight on our health. By the way UV rays account for less than 4% of the total solar energy reaching earth. Around 54% is infrared and 42% visible light. Infrared protects against UV damage. Don't believe these agents of Satan who make you fear the sun.

    Skin cancer is a modern concern and is more connected to sunscreens, consumption of modern industrial foods which negatively affect skin health and application of cosmetic industry concoctions (lotions, shampoos, soaps, makeup, deodorants etc).

  31. F I'm born black it's not a tan a tan is something that happens to you when you skin changes my skin never had the change I was born like this

  32. M yes you're peens are more 6 up the will to sunburn then most races on the planet that is fat and true African people on born in regions where is hot usually and because of that we have adapted to the Sun we are one of the most amazing people on the planet if not the most we can go anywhere in the universe on any planet and as long as that planet has a son we can adapt to that planet that's how great it is to have I will melanin

  33. This is why black don’t crack. They don’t absorb as much harmful UV rays and therefore are less damaged than fair skinned people. No wonder my dad looks so old already.

  34. Im African never heard of cancer now you telling me??? in Africa I spent more time out side cuz we didnt have air condition inside Fam

  35. It depends of your genetics some people will get it some dont in my entire family history nobody got skin cancer and they all were spending alot of times on sun with no suncream no protection. If it is in your gens youre fucked

  36. Please just tell about the skin colour you are in. The Sun never hurt or damage any of my family members who live in the sun all they life more lies by liars.

  37. This is false & propaganda. All skin & huemans don't get sunburn. Sunburn is not normal nor natural when the Sun ☀ is a natural element. If U get sunburn ur not natural to this earth, period!

  38. As a dark brown guy I see my skin as solar cells absorbing and storing the light and nutrients of sun and later converting it to ENERGY…. Sound familiar?

  39. I can stay in the midday sun for hours without getting burned. The reason I'm able to do that is that I'm following a clean vegan diet and eat plenty of fresh ripe fruits.

    Sunscreen is carcinogenic as well as the absence of the sun. It has been proven that construction workers have less skin cancer than office workers.

  40. ?️The BLACK skin wasn't affected. So please stop lying. The ? recognized the black healthy skin ✊?✊?

  41. hmm i think the sun is good for you. humans have evolved over millions of years to deal with more sun exposure than we modern people deal with.
    the sun can also prevent cancers.

    is water bad for me too?

  42. I'm 43 years old white man and I sunbathe all the time how many years now and my skin looks great I also look a lot younger than my age the sun is not harmful to your skin in fact it's just the opposite

  43. White people especially white Americans don’t take care of their skin. They think being wrinkly, leathery, patchy, growing moles and freckled all over is attractive. Asian women have better skin knowledge.

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