Sun & The Human Body
Posted on June 15 2020
Sun is the source of light, heat and energy – The 3 elements which are indispensable for human health, vitality and happiness. Sunlight produces Vitamin D – “The sunshine vitamin” in your body. As a matter of fact you get only a quarter of the vitamin D you need from your diet with the rest coming from the sun. Not only this sunlight helps boost a chemical in your brain called serotonin which gives you more energy and helps keep you calm, positive, and focused. Regular, small amounts of ultraviolet light may help ease the symptoms of certain skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and vitiligo.
Contrary to these beneficial facts when you think of the sun, your first thought might be about the damage it can do. And this is also right to a major extent because too much time outside without protection can not only make your skin burn and age faster but can also affect your health.
Large numbers of people may be compromising their health either through sunlight deficiency or because of wrong exposure to sunlight. If you are planning for a healthy sun bath or if you're going to be out in the sun, especially on a hot day, you need to stay safe. Let's find out how?
Go SUN Smart - All Day, Every day!
Hat, Sunglasses and sunscreen:
The perfect souvenirs for healthy skin.Wear a hat, UV protective sun glasses, cover up your body and put on sunscreen, to protect your skin from harmful UV rays which hurts you in many ways and cause tanning, uneven skin tone, wrinkles, sun burn and even skin cancer.
Moderate Sun Bath:
There is a substantial body of historical and contemporary evidence that suggests moderate sunbathing is far more beneficial than we are currently led to believe. Sun exposure helps the body make vitamin D naturally. Better sleep, stronger bones and boosted immune system are the key benefits of moderate sun bath.
Avoid Midday Sun:
Did you know the highest risk of sun burn is between 10 am & 4 pm as the summer sun is more intense. Try to stay out of the direct sun between this time.
Sunscreen: your best weapon to fight with sun rays
If you enjoy spending time outside in the sun, sunscreen is the best weapon to protect you from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching your skin.
UVA and UVB are two types of ultraviolet radiation that can damage your skin. UVB rays cause sunburns, while UVA rays can lead to wrinkles and sagging, and intensify the carcinogenic effects of UVB rays.
What to look for in a sunscreen:
With so many different types of sunscreens available, finding the right one for your needs can be confusing. SPF number makes it easy. SPF means SUN PROTECTION FACTOR and is measured to the amount of time your skin is protected in the sun without getting sunburned. For instance, if you start getting sunburned after ten minutes in the sun without any sunscreen, applying a sunscreen with an SPF of 20 would protect you for 20 x ten minutes (or 200 minutes) before you begin to burn.
Some factors affecting level of protection are:
- Amount of Sunscreen applied
- Weather & Temperature
- Your skin type
However, it can be difficult to gauge how long it takes for your skin to burn, and the true goal is to avoid burning all together. Therefore, dermatologists recommend sticking with an SPF of 15 or higher for appropriate sun protection. Look for “broad exposure,” which blocks more of the UV light. Put it on 30 minutes before you go outside, and don’t forget areas like your lips, ears, and neck. Use water resistant sunscreen if you swim. To protect against UVA rays, look for the following additional phrases on sunscreen bottles: multi spectrum, broad spectrum or UVA/UVB protection.
Your daily skin protection – SPF 20
Regardless the weather, protecting your skin from the harmful rays of sun is of much importance. The solution to wear an everyday cream with SPF baked right in. Day creams with SPF in combination with hydrating benefit offers the best of both worlds: hydration and protection. It is of equal importance to wear sunscreen when you are indoor as the UVA (aging) rays penetrate through clouds and windows and these are responsible for issues like uneven skin tone, fine lines and all those other little things we don’t like about our skin.