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For years, we have been repeatedly told that the sun is bad for us, so much so, that many of us live in fear of the sun and take synthetic vitamin D supplements to offset the imbalance that has come about.
The fact is, that the majority of all living things require sun to survive. The key and most important point to remember about sunshine is balance, and using your common sense to avoid getting sun damage.
The sun has a remarkable effect on our health and happiness, and is our best source of vitamin D / calcitriol, a hormone that: controls calcium levels in the blood thus maintaining strong bones, muscles and teeth; is involved in making hundreds of enzymes and proteins which are vital for preventing a number of diseases; strengthens the immune system and has anti-cancer properties.
Research shows that the sunshine has a significant effect on mental health and wellbeing and is recommended in the treatment of depression; for treating psoriasis, eczema and acne; and for regulating circadian rhythms (our internal body clock that when disrupted can result in sleep disorders).
On the flip side, it is important to keep in mind that too much sun exposure does have consequences: an increase in the speed of skin ageing and the potential risk of melanomas. So it’s all about finding the “right” balance for you, taking into consideration your age, skin colour, body weight, the season of the year, and the latitude of where you live.
Personally, I like the idea of delaying wrinkles for as long as naturally possible as well as maintaining my sanity and happiness levels during winter, so I enjoy the sunshine in the early or late hours of the day for short periods of time. However, if I am going to be out in the sun for long periods of time, I wear a hat and a natural sunscreen that contains non-nano zinc oxide. Gone are the days where I lay on the beach sunbaking all day.
Please choose a natural sunscreen that contains non-nano zinc oxide. Avoid those that contain fragrance, oxybenzone, PABA, alcohol, parabens, methylisothiazolinone, salicylates, mineral oil, TEA, DEA, MEA, propylene/butylene glycol as these ingredients are linked to dryness of the skin, allergic dermatitis, photosensitivity, cancer, skin aging and acne.
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Exfoliation is a necessary and basic step in your skin care ritual, as it encourages skin cell turnover, stimulates the production of new skin cells, and encourages the production of collagen and elastin, the basic building blocks of the skin.