While everybody would love to have perfect alabaster skin, this is more of a dream than reality as most people suffer from some type of skin pigmentation disorder. Skin blemishes such as age spots are caused by too little or too much melanin, which directly affects your skin’s capacity to fight off the harsh ultraviolet rays of the sun.

Over the course of the last decade, we have certainly heard quite a lot about the harmful effects of the sun and this is certainly one of the biggest offenders when it comes to skin pigmentation disorders. Surprisingly, genetics also seems to play a huge role when it comes to our skin and many of the disorders can be directly linked to our ancestors. We cannot, however, forget the enormous influence our every day lifestyle also has on our skin. Many of us eat foods that are horrible for our bodies, we drink and smoke too much, we live stressful lives and we have no idea how to relax all the while knowing full well that we are adversely affecting our health.

Many forget that the skin is the body’s largest organ and that it is our protection against many of the outside toxins that come our way. A healthy body starts with healthy skin and having a tanned body is actually not healthy. While many people often associate tanning with health – this is purely a myth – in fact, tanned skin is actually a very diseased skin. When you tan, your skin is actually burning and the change in color is actually your body’s way of telling you that you have damaged skin cells. The UV lights have attacked your natural skin pigmentation and have caused your body to, not only age faster, but to kill cells. In other words – there is no upside to “getting a tan” so stay away from those harmful UV lights and your skin pigmentation will be forever grateful.