Did you know that there are many contributors to how much UV exposure your skin absorbs beside level of sunscreen? This article presents information about items like self-tanning lotion and how their structure changes under UV rays. The dangerous part happens when the structure changes and becomes toxic to your skin. Learn more below:
Sunbathing without sunscreen can be dangerous. But it’s not just your skin you need to be worried about: some substances in drugs, cosmetics and medicinal herbs can be toxic to the skin when exposed to ultraviolet light. Experts call the phenomenon phototoxicity. It occurs when a substance absorbs light energy and is thereby chemically modified. Only the modified substance is toxic to the skin, which can cause redness, swelling or inflammation – similar to a sunburn. Companies can examine the phototoxicity of a substance with an in-vitro test method.