Now that it’s summer lovely to bask in the sunshine, but it is important that you do so while practicing a few precautions, as too much exposure to UV rays can cause skin cancer. However, there are definitely some physical and psychological benefits to getting about 15 minutes of sunshine a day including:
Signaling the body to produce vitamin D. When ultraviolet (specifically UVB radiation) light hits the skin, a chemical reaction begins the action of converting a prohormone in the skin into Vitamin D. Getting enough Vitamin D also protects against depression, improves cognition, lowers high blood pressure and reduces inflammation everywhere in your body If you become deficient in vitamin D, then you are more at risk of dementia, prostate cancer and heart disease.
Sunlight can help you improve your mood with just two weeks of 15 minute exposures. A study found an association between decreased exposure to sunlight and increased probability of increased impairment if you don’t get enough UVB rays.
Sunlight exposure helps you sleep all night . According to a study published in Solarlits, sleep quality and rhythm improves substantially after exposure to at least fifteen minutes of sunlight a day for five consecutive days in a row.
Sunlight can help you shed pounds. A study conducted at the University of Alberta found that skin exposure to UV wavelength from sunlight actually shrinks fat cells and may increase your metabolic rate helping you to lose weight quickly.
So, how much sunlight should you get a day? For most, it’s15 minutes of sitting in the sun a day without sunscreen to allow the sun’s UV rays to penetrate the dermis, so that the prehormones for converting the rays to Vitamin D can do their job.
How to Prevent Sun Damage
Getting healthy amounts of healing ultraviolet rays is all about timing. It’s about being being outdoors at the right time and for the right length of time. Overexposure to the sun’s rays can lead to all kinds of issues including:
- Pigment changes
- Skin cancer (particularly melanoma)
- Premature aging and wrinkling
- Eye damage
In order to avoid suffering the consequences of being exposed to too much sun try taking the following steps.
- Always Check the UV Index Rating Before You Go Out
Always check the UV index before you go outside. The UV index was developed to provide a number rating, between 0 and 11, so that people can measure the strength of the sun’s rays and take appropriate sun safety precautions. The higher the number, the stronger the sun’s rays are, and when the UV index is 3 or higher it is important to protect yours skin or stay out the skin entirely
- Cover Up Bare Skin With (Ideally) UV Protective Clothing
Cover up your bare skin at times when the UV rays are high to protect your skin from burns and skin cancer by wear light and airy clothing that covers up as much skin as possible. Wear whiter clothing to help minimize UV burns and skin damage. Bright colors, such as a primary blue, yellow or red color also tend to absorb more UV rays just like dark colors.
It is also a good idea to protect your eyes and face by wearing a wide-brimmed hat with at least a 3-inch brim to protect your eyes and face from strong UV radiation.
Don’t forget about protecting your feet from the sun. wear sandals or shoes that cover up the top of the foot and skip the sandal tan. Protect your eyes by wearing 100% UV sunglasses.
You can also buy special UV Protective clothing. These items usually have UPF labels that tell you just how helpful the clothing is at shielding the skin against the sun.
For instance, if a clothing fabric has a UPF of about 5, it means it only lets in about 5th of UVB rays.
- Stay In the Shade
If you are outdoors on a day where the UV index is 3 or higher or outside between the hours of 11 and 3 pm, then it is important to stay in the shade. This can mean sitting under a tree or if you are on a patio being sure to sit under an awning or patio umbrella. Also never think that clouds, fog or haze are a form of shade. UV rays can also penetrate clouds.
- Beware of Reflected Sunlight
If you are at the beach on a hot summer day, you should also be cautious of reflected rays from the sun from water, sand, pavement, walls and rock faces. In the winter masses of ice and snow also reflect hazardous levels of UV ra
- Always Use Sunscreen
Unless you want to get a tan, it is advisable to apply a broad-spectrum UVA and UVB water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 or higher to protect your skin from damage. It is recommended that you apply sunscreen every two hours.
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