The Spotlight
Don't Feel the Burn!
Are you familiar with the word "apoptosis"? It basically means the death of cells, which is exactly what happens when you get a sunburn. Ultraviolet rays from the sun cause damage to your DNA. Too much exposure and the cells with fried DNA start to die off. Your body doesn't like that so it sends healing blood to the area and ta-da! Sunburn. Then you have to deal with the inflammation, the pain, the itching, the blistering, and the peeling. Even worse, sometimes those cells with the damaged DNA are too stubborn to simply die but keep multiplying resulting in skin cancer. Everyone has a natural sunscreen called melanin, a pigment that absorbs UV rays, and turns the skin darker. What you know as a tan is just your body's defense against the burn. Visit the sites below and learn what you can do to stay safe in the sun. Besides, looking like a lobster is so not cool.
25 Natural and Home Remedies for Sunburn Treatment
Science of Summer: What Causes Sunburns?
Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek & Slide: Sid Seagull
Sun Safety
What do SPF Numbers Mean?

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