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The Hidden Ways Your Skin Can Benefit from Some Sun

Wandi by Wandi on May 25, 2016
Why you should care

Find out how Vitamin D (from the sun) is A+ for your skin.

Ever been told to stay out of the sun because of the damage it can do to your skin?

You’re not alone. So we thought it’s time we shed some light on the other side of the story. Here are some way that sunshine is good for your skin!

1 Gives you a Glow

Glowing skin

The sun’s rays evens out your complexion by killing bad bacteria in your system, giving you a natural glow. Getting sunlight exposure on your face, arms, hands for up to 15 minutes between 10am – 2pm, 2 – 3 times weekly is a good measure to boost your vitamin D.

While outdoors, and even when you’re not under direct sunlight, don’t forget your sunscreen! A sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 prevents your skin from rays that might cause sunburn, premature ageing, and skin cancer.

2 Prevents Cancer

Although excess sunlight can contribute to skin cancers, a moderate amount of sunlight has cancer preventive benefits. Vitamin D, a vitamin your body produces via sun exposure, is nature’s cancer fighter – it reduces the spread and reproduction of cancer cells, especially skin cancer.

3 Aids Skin Healingaids skin healing

Doctors have recommended UV radiation exposure to treat acne, eczema, and jaundice. Although keep in mind that it doesn’t work the same for all skin types, so recommendation from your doctor is vital.

If you’re going for a stroll outdoors, go easy on scented lotions and perfumes, especially if you have a skin condition as those may lead to blotchy skin when exposed to the sun.

4 Reduces Breakoutssunshine

One of the main reasons behind breakouts is stress. Sun exposure increases the brain’s serotonin  (a.k.a.happy hormone”) levels, reducing stress levels and leaving you with healthier and smoother skin..

While the sun is good for you, it can also be very bad for your skin. So while you’re walking on sunshine, here are sunscreen tips to keep in mind:

  • Apply sunscreen about 20 minutes before exposure  to allow the ingredients to absorb in your skin.
  • Don’t leave these areas out: scalp, ears, lips, neck, tops of feet, and backs of hands. Look for lip balms with SPF included and reapply every 90 minutes to two hours. While there are sunscreens specifically for the scalp, you can also use a spray and rub it in.
  • Reapply every 2 hours and after swimming or sweating.
  • Wear a hat and a shirt with long sleeves.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and the sensitive skin surrounding them.
Why you should care

Find out how Vitamin D (from the sun) is A+ for your skin.

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