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Let the Sun Shine In

Nicole Eveleth

Posted on June 20 2018

They don’t call Florida “The Sunshine State” for no reason. Soaking up the sun is part of our lives, and it’s important to take care of yourself while enjoying it. There is nothing better than hitting the beach with friends, golfing, gardening and everything in between on bright, sunny days to keep you happy and healthy. 

Did you know that when sunlight hits your skin it triggers the body’s production of Vitamin D? This “happy” vitamin is the key for great health since it helps lower high blood pressure, improves brain function, increases your quality of sleep and it can help promote weight loss. Experts even recommend “happy lamps” for those suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). These lamps that mimic natural light help boost mental health.

Then again, when it comes to soaking up the sun, moderation is best. Humans only need a recommended 15-20 minutes of sunlight each day. Too much sun and Ultra-Violet Rays (UV Rays, also referred to as UVA and UVB) can lead to premature aging, skin darkening as well as cancer-causing cells to form and multiply. Learn ways to protect yourself from those harmful UV Rays:

  • Sunscreen: Even though you may want to work on your tan, the higher the SPF, the more defense against those cancer-causing UVA and UVB rays. Don’t forget to apply 30 minutes before sun exposure and follow up with more layers of sunscreen every 2 hours or so. Note this: SPF 30 blocks out 97% of the harmful rays.
  • Cosmetic Protection: Don’t feel pressured to choose between makeup or sunscreen. Find a great base with SPF and a settling spray with SPF as well that you can use throughout the day. Simple ways to enjoy the sun and protect yourself can make a world of difference in your overall health.
  • Avoid Peak Hours: Seek shade from 10am-4pm, and then you can really embrace happy hour with fun in the sun.

Revamp your wardrobe with clothing and accessories that help block out harmful UVA and UVB rays...here’s how:

  • Wide-Brimmed Hats (3 inches): Soak up the sun in style, by finding a wide-brimmed hat to cover your face, neck and ears. Especially great if you don’t like sunglasses but still want to protect your eyes.
  • Upgrade Your Sunglasses: Sure, there are plenty of fun, inexpensive sunnies, but they aren’t actually protecting your eyes. Invest in a better pair that blocks 100% UVA and UVB rays to avoid eye wrinkles and future eye health problems.
  • Clothing Swap: Why stop with hats and glasses? Did you know that certain clothing fabrics also help catch and deflect UV rays? There are clothes made with fabrics containing an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF). Find them. Wear them.

There are plenty of great ways to enjoy the sun without degrading your health. What better way to celebrate the First Day of Summer on June 21st than protecting your skin all while enjoying your favorite outdoor activities in good style and in good health?

Article from the Essentials Journal