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Old 03-07-2009, 08:14 AM
 
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I've always wondered why even though i'm a european caucasian (British and Italian) i can tan very dark in the sun within several hours of exposure outside and i also feel endorphinic in it as i almost wanna worship that beautiful star in our solar system. So i wanted to know what's the science behind it so i did some research and here's what i've discovered.

There is a master gene for skin tanning which is known as the ''p53 Gene''. When UVA/UVB from the sun strikes the skin in those humans who's p53 Gene is activated it kicks in the production of Melanin to protect the skin from UVR . It's also the master Gene at protecting the Genome from cancerous mutations so it has a dual role.

Anyway i thought this was kinda cool to learn the science behind why skin tans no matter what race or nationaility so i wanted to pass it along. So if you tan when in the sun then thank your ''p53 gene'' for protecting you.

Suntan Gene May Explain Sun Worship - WebMD
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:48 AM
 
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I am a redhead and I was wondering if there was a product I could use that would help me tan in the sun.
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Old 12-30-2010, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I wonder if this the same mesmerizing pleaure that staring into a warm fire (fireplace or camp fire) provides.
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Old 12-30-2010, 01:46 AM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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Do tanning pills really work? You know - like the kind that guy took in the movie "Soul Man"???
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Old 12-30-2010, 01:53 AM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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Actually, never mind. I just googled tanning pills.

Tanning Pills
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Old 12-30-2010, 05:23 AM
 
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I wonder if this the same mesmerizing pleaure that staring into a warm fire (fireplace or camp fire) provides.
Interesting that there is a thread currently in the health forums talking about those who thrive without the sun and warmth and how they love darkness (vampires ) as i assume it's all in our genes.
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Old 12-30-2010, 05:26 AM
 
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Do tanning pills really work? You know - like the kind that guy took in the movie "Soul Man"???
Gotta love the opening scene where he wakes up in bed with a girl and then he introduces himself to her

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