Are you running out of ways to maintain your health right now? Now that the weather is starting to become warmer and the sun is shining more, we are becoming more cautious about how the sunlight can negatively impact our skin health. It’s true that the sunlight’s UV rays can be extremely detrimental to our skin, but there are still some amazing benefits to being outside and under the warmth of the sun. When spending time outdoors, the first thing you want to do is make sure you’re protecting your skin. Sunscreen is the most beneficial product to use for protection against the sun’s UV rays. Sunscreen decreases the risk of developing deadly cancers, keeps your skin tone even, protects you from sunburn, and aids in avoiding heat stroke and sun exhaustion. With the right balance of sun exposure and sunscreen, the sun’s warm rays can have lots of mood-lifting benefits.
Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that helps reduce depression, regulate anxiety, heal wounds, stimulate nausea, and maintain bone health. Serotonin is produced by an amino acid that isn’t made by our bodies, so it must be consumed through our diet and exposure to sunlight. Without enough sun exposure, our serotonin levels can dip and this increases the risk of experiencing depression and other mental imbalances.
Some other reasons to catch some rays is that exposure to UVB radiation in the sun’s rays causes a person’s kin to create vitamin D, an essential vitamin for our bone health. Strong bones support your participation in social activities, such as dancing, and sports, including golf and tennis. Strong bones carry you through busy work days, no matter how exhausted your body may be. Additionally, strong bones protect you against osteoporosis, a condition in which bones becomes weak and brittle.
Healing Skin Conditions
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) , UV radiation has been used to successfully treat a variety of diseases such as: rickets, psoriasis, eczema, and jaundice. WHO still recommends that individuals take extreme caution when spending time outside to avoid the long term effects of overexposure to UV radiation.
Sunlight in Moderation
When going outside, there are a few suggestions by the WHO to prevent UV damage to our skin and health.
- Limit time in the midday sun- The sun’s UV rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Watch for the UV index.
- Use shade when possible.
- Wear protective clothing- a hat with a wide brim offers good sun protection for your eyes, ears, and face
- Always apply sunscreen before performing activities outside- Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15+ liberally and re-apply every two hours or after working, swimming, playing or exercising outdoors.