From getting your Vitamin D to skin cancer, suntans to sunburns, lifting your spirits and being the center of our solar system, the sun has many effects on our daily lives. Let’s explore the positive and negative aspects of the sun!
Vitamin D is made in your body through your skin’s exposure to sun. It is super important for healthy bones which is why you will often sea older people sitting in the park, eyes closed and soaking the sun’s rays. That and they appreciate the finer things in life, such as taking it easy and enjoying the little things.
2.An elevated mood
Exposure to sunshine has been clinically proven to elevate your mood through the production of serotonin in your brain. This is why people often feel down in winter when they get less of the sun’s rays, which is a condition known as SAD (seasonal affective disorder). The good news is that you can buy a SAD lamp to make you HAPPY. All you need is to sit in front of the lamp for around 30 minutes a day and it has the same effect as being out in the sun. No more winter blues!
3.Better overall health
While the reason for better overall health might be linked to feeling happier and more relaxed from being in the sun, it’s no secret that people who get out in the sunshine tend to be healthier and have lower cholesterol than people who don’t.
4.Making the world go around (literally)
Fun fact: One day the sun will swallow the Earth. Maybe not such a fun fact, but don’t worry, that won’t be for another several million years.
Basically heat stroke through excessive exposure to the sun, this is when a person’s body gets too hot and can no longer cool itself, which is very dangerous for your body’s organs. To avoid this, make sure to stay out of the sun in the hottest hours (between 11am and 3pm), stay in the shade, keep hydrated and wear light, airy clothing. Also, avoid exercise. Basically we’re saying you should relax by the pool with a cool drink. Sounds good to us!
6.Sunburn and Skin Cancer
Your chances of getting skin cancer are greatly reduced by avoiding sunburn. Just getting a painful sunburn once every 2 years can triple your risk of getting melanoma skin cancer, so be vigilant. To learn more about avoiding skin cancer, see this article. So what should you do? Avoid getting burnt. The higher the spf of your sunscreen, the better. Make sure it protects you from both UVA and UVB. Stay out of the sun in the hottest part of the day. Stay in the shade, wear a wide-brimmed hat (you’ll look so stylish!) and don some funky sunglasses.
As well as skin cancer, too much exposure to the sun can cause your skin to prematurely age. So take precautions by avoiding sunburn, and even tanning, and your skin will thank you in years to come. Tanning comes in and out of fashion, but you’re stuck with the skin you have for life.