The myth buster over whether the sun is good or bad for you.
One minute the sun is the biggest culprit for causing Cancer and the next if you don’t get enough sun you’re basically going to die early anyway. I must admit, we’re sometimes guilty of hinting to both sides so let’s clear it up for you nice and simple.
You absolutely, categorically need some sun exposure, but in small, sensible doses. 10 minutes a week on a sunbed is not a sensible dose.
Too much or unnecessary exposure to the sun can cause some serious damage to your skin and result in some nasty consequences. We have talked about the dangers of sun exposure many times and if you want to read about that specifically then check out this post here.
But the flip side of the coin is that you NEED the sun to allow your skin to rejuvenate and take in all that Vitamin D that is so good for your skin. Just enjoy the sun exposure in MODERATION and you must be PROTECTED when you are in the sun.
Our Resident Dermatologist, John shared an article with me from the ‘Power of Positivity’ site about ‘Science explains 9 things that happen when you don’t get enough Vitamin D’. I’ll pop the link at the bottom of this post, but it was quite an interesting read.
I’ve read copious amounts of research papers and articles about the damages of the sun but very few about why it’s good for you and I must say, it was rather refreshing.
Unless you’re in London when the sun is shining and it’s almost rude not to sit in the pub garden, we are ever increasingly indoors creatures and take comfort in sitting on our sofa, scrolling through our iPads with our fav show on TV in the background. But Vitamin D deficiency is no joke. Vitamin D deficiency can result in muscle weakness, bone pain, chronic respiratory problems, depression, chronic infections, psoriasis and some serious fatigue.
We are a world of beings that are convinced we know better. Learn to listen to your body when it is trying to tell you something. If you are constantly tired, aching and suffering from a low immune system then you need to re-evaluate your lifestyle and probably diet. Feeding your skin with goodness is just as important as feeding your tummy with goodness!
You wouldn’t water your plants with wine, would you?
So, what do we recommend?
Small doses of sunshine when you can, aim for maybe 15-20 minutes in the garden or popping to the shop on your lunchbreak. If the sun is strong on the day, try and wear a hat to keep the sun off your face and avoid damage progressing on your face. If you know us, you know we don’t believe in SPF so we recommend applying a natural alternative that has Grapeseed and Avocado in. These are rich Antioxidant ingredients that will protect your skin from UVA & Free Radical damage whilst keeping your skin moisturised.
The Body Oil in our Eczema & Psoriasis range is a great option for staying safe in the sunshine and looking after your skin condition at the same time. The blend of Grapeseed, Tea Tree and Patchouli are the perfect mix to make sure your skin is getting all the goodness from the Vitamin D in the safest way.
If you want to read the full article or get some positive inspiration, check out the website here: https://www.powerofpositivity.com/danger-of-low-vitamin-d/