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What Exactly Happens When We Tan or Sunburn?

Updated: Jun 18, 2021

Author: Silvia DiPaola

Editor: Laine Xu

Artist: Daisy Zheng

Many people like to take advantage of the sun during the summer months and receive a golden tan, but what physically occurs in the body to cause the skin to darken? The answer can be found in the two types of rays that the sun emits: UVA and UVB rays!

95% percent of the sun’s rays that reach the earth are UVA, while the other 5% consist