What can a little sunshine do to our health?
The right amount of sunlight aids in elevating our moods. The sunlight activates the release of hormones called serotonin, which is related to lifting moods and staying calm and focused.
Without the right amount of exposure to sunlight, your serotonin level will drop and can cause you to be low-spirited. A constant low level of serotonin may cause major depression with a seasonal pattern. The changing season is often the trigger for this kind of depression.
Other than being a happy mood-booster, an ample amount of sunlight absorbed by the body has many other great benefits.
Below are some reasons to get some rays of the sun.
Sunlight Improves Your Sleep
Sunlight regulates your circadian rhythm — the cuckoo alarm clock of your body responsible for your natural sleep-wake process, which functions on a twenty-four-hour cycle.
One hour of natural morning light will help you have better sleep. The sunshine will control your circadian rhythm, directing your body to increase or decrease the release of melatonin, the hormone that helps you sleep. The more sunlight absorbed by the body, the better your production of melatonin later in the day, which you will need to sleep.
Sunlight Reduces Stress
Sunlight is also responsible for lowering your stress reaction. More sunlight means more serotonin, and more serotonin means lesser stress reactions. It is even more beneficial to do some physical activities while soaking in the sun. The additional exercise will help in further reducing your stress.
Sunlight Strengthens Your Bones
When the body absorbs sunlight, it produces vitamin D, which aids the body in keeping calcium and prevents thin, brittle, and deformed bones. A fifteen-minute sun-soaking is enough for the fair-skinned person. Vitamin D also contributes to strengthening your immune system.
A little ray of the sun does many benefits to the body. But do not go bare-skinned for more than 5 minutes to 30 minutes, depending on your complexion. It can do damage if you stay unprotected longer than necessary under the sun. The harmful ultraviolet rays can cause skin aging, wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer. It can also cause eye damage like cataracts, dehydration, and heatstroke.
The UV rays are ever-present regarding the weather or the season. Even on a cloudy day, 80 percent of the rays are absorbed by the skin. It is doubled by the snow’s presence or by any reflective surface like water or pavement.
Nowadays, even people in their twenties suffer from skin cancer. This is why is it important to wear sunscreen if you need to be under the sun for more than 5 to 30 minutes.
Benefits of Using the Right Sunscreen
Sunscreen Will Shield Your Skin from Harmful Ultraviolet Rays
Because of the deteriorating ozone layer, there is an increasing rate risk of acquiring skin damages and diseases when overexposed to sun rays. After the necessary daily dose of vitamin D, about 5 to 30 minutes depending on one’s complexion, skin damage will immediately occur.
The sunscreen will block the UV rays from penetrating your skin and prevent causing skin disorders. Apply generously on your face and body to prevent redness, blotchiness, and itchiness. It will also prevent acne.
Sunscreen Will Prevent Sunburn
Sunburn weakens the barriers of your skin, causing it to peel, swell, hive, blister, and itch. Repeated sunburn may lead to skin cancer, or worse, lethal melanoma.
Sunscreen Prevents Tanning
A tan usually signifies a well-spent vacation spent frolicking, having fun, and getting healthy. But tan itself is skin damage. It indicates how overexposed the skin is to the harmful ultraviolet rays, because a tan is a few minutes away from being a sunburn. Make sure to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, or more frequently if exercising outdoors, because sweat washes away the sunscreen protection.
Sunscreen Improves Your Skin Health and Prevents Premature Aging
It protects the skin’s proteins, namely collagen, keratin, and elastin. The titanium dioxide in sunscreens protects these skin proteins and makes your skin healthy, smooth, and young-looking. It prevents sagging, wrinkles, and age spots.
Sunscreen Is a Good Choice for Face Cream
It is a perfect on-the-go cosmetic option: apply and leave it on. It helps keep the complexion even. Daily use of sunscreen evens your skin tone, and prevents dark spots and blemishes. If you have sensitive or dry skin, do not forget to reapply sunscreen periodically in a day for better coverage and skin protection.
Sunscreen Lessens the Chance of Skin Cancer
As a protective barrier between the UV rays and the skin, it lessens the chances of acquiring an aggressive and often life-threatening skin cancer known as melanoma. This condition is very common among women, especially those in their twenties. Daily use of sunscreen will benefit you in the long haul.
Sunscreen Prevents Broken Blood Vessels
The UV rays damage the skin’s blood vessel wall and lead to the thinning of the blood vessel walls. This condition is called telangiectasias. Thin blood vessels look like bruises and bleeding on the skin. Applying sunscreen can prevent this condition.
Sunscreen Stops DNA Damage
Overexposure to sun rays induces DNA damage and causes skin carcinogenesis and photoaging. Lesions from skin damages like sunburns lead to inflammation of the skin, immunosuppressive or deteriorated immune system, advanced aging, and the development of tumors.
To be effective, sunscreens need to have at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 to 30. Sunscreens, lotions, balms, and other cosmetics with SPF 15 can prevent 93 percent of UV rays from penetrating the skin, while those with SPF 30 increase protection to 97 percent.
Sunscreens should cover all exposed areas including ears, nose, neck, legs, arms, and lips. Lip balms or lipsticks should have ample SPF for protection. For outdoor activities, lather up with sunscreens that have SPF 60 or more.
Be generous in putting on sunscreen, as applying too thinly will forfeit its purpose. Apply your sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outside, but others recommend at least 30 minutes before sun exposure.
Apply every 2 hours even during overcast weather. Also apply sunscreen under your clothes especially if you are wearing thin, lightweight, and breathable fabrics that the sun rays can penetrate.
More is more in terms of sun protection, so wear additional sun protection such as wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, or other protective clothing. Seek shade as soon as possible. Avoid going out into the sun between 10 am to 4 pm when the UV light is the strongest.
Things to Remember When Choosing a Sunscreen
Check the SPF and ingredients. It should not be itchy or cause redness. If it does, wash it off and stop using it. Alcohol in sunscreen is bad for rosacea but good for acne-prone skin.
Consider your skin type. If you have a history of skin sensitivity, consult your doctor before switching to other brands or kinds of sunscreens.
Lip balm with sunscreen protection is for the lips only and not as a substitute for general skincare.
Be cautious in choosing a sunscreen for kids. Most sunscreens are recommended for kids above 6 months of age. Regardless if it is organic or not, do not apply sunscreen on babies below 6 months old.
Use one that you like using. Some sunscreens have tint, shimmer, or fruit extracts that excites you to apply and reapply during the day, like Sea Active Skincare’s Skin Guardian SPF 25 Daily moisturizers.
Skin Guardian is a protective, organic, peptide-rich daytime moisturizer that offers many benefits from Sea Active Skincare’s proprietary Biogenic Seaweed Antioxidant Broth that contains protective antioxidants and UV properties. Dubbed as the “yoga in a bottle for your skin,” Skin Guardian has protective UVA/UVB from plants and sea plants, infused with pearl and microalgae forms to pamper and protect your skin. It’s the perfect nurture from nature.