Sunburn occurs when we expose our skin to the sun for too long without proper sun protection methods. According to the CDC, about 70% of children and adults have gotten a sunburn within the last year. Damage to our skin is caused by the UVA and UVB rays that are given off by the sun. These rays penetrate our skin and can actually cause internal DNA damage causing our skin to prematurely age. Prolonged damage to skin can lead to skin cancers such as melanoma.
Also, the strength of the sun will play a large part in the amount of damage to your skin. If you are in a warmer climate such as Punta Cana, your skin will be more susceptible to damage in a shorter amount of time than if you were laying out in Columbus, Ohio.
Symptoms of sunburn include: