Sun safety -Getting your Vitamin D
Sun Safety – So let’s talk about how to love the sun and your skin at the same time.
Yes, we hear it all the time, the importance of sun safety and to wear a sunscreen every day. Most of us are pretty good at applying sunscreen when we go to the beach or if we are outside in the sun for long periods. But do you have it on when you are driving, walking the dog, or enjoying lunch on a patio at a restaurant? Sun exposure is the main cause of aging of the skin. UV light damages your skin, resulting in wrinkles, pigmentation, and sagginess. While sun damage to the skin may not be apparent when you are young, it will definitely show up later in life. The best thing to keep your skin looking youthful is to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
Overexposure to the sun causes sunburn, and skin cancer, including melanoma. In this article, we are sharing with you, our top sun safety tips, how to choose safe sunscreen and how to get your healthy dose of Vitamin D.
Sunlight causes your skin to produce vitamin D.
Vitamin D often referred to as “the sunshine vitamin,” plays a crucial role in disease prevention and supports the immune system. It also helps to maintain healthy gut flora that keeps the digestive system healthy. Through our research and reading about Vitamin D, sources say that many of us are deficient. Also wearing sunscreen can also block your body’s natural production of Vitamin D.
Take a look at our resource links below for more information on Vitamin D, some practical guidelines on how to use natural sun exposure to optimize your vitamin D benefits, and what is your optimal sun exposure time.
Top Sun Safety Tips – the best ways to protect yourself from too much sun exposure.
Spend some time outdoors in the sun regularly (ideally daily), but do so with some commonsense precautions.
Always seek shade where possible, wear protective clothing (long-sleeved shirt and pants), a hat and sunglasses. Do not expose your skin to the sun for extended periods of time.
Wear good sunglasses. The signs of aging tend to appear first around the eyes. Protect them with quality sunglasses that have UV protection, and that is large enough to cover some skin around the eyes.
If you are out in the sun all day, like a full day at the beach, an afternoon picnic or a hike you need to lather up head to toe with a safe sunscreen.
Your facial skin is thin and is more prone to sun damage. Give your face UV protection, so you can prevent premature wrinkles, sunspots and lessening your risk of skin cancer. Always shield your face from the sun using a safe sunscreen, or a zinc oxide foundation product and a hat. Don’t forget to also protect your lips.
Consuming a healthy diet of natural antioxidants is another incredibly useful strategy to help avoid sun damage to your skin. Have plenty in your diet in the form of fresh, raw vegetable which provides your body with an abundance of powerful antioxidants.
Sun safety – Selecting a safe Sunscreen.
We are more cautious around the sun and what natural sunscreen we use to protect yourselves. Many sunscreens on the shelves contain harmful chemicals and filtering agents that are extremely toxic. Sunscreen should be protecting you from harmful rays, not full of harmful cancer-causing ingredients.
There are a couple of points that you need to know about when selecting healthier options with your sunscreen.
-Make sure that your sunscreen screens for UVA and UVB rays.
-A physical barrier sunscreen sits on the surface of the skin without absorbing into the bloodstream; it reduces the level of UV rays reaching your skin by blocking and deflecting.
-Zinc Oxide and no nano Titanium Dioxide give you sun protection and peace of mind. Look for formulas that also contain antioxidant ingredients that also help to not only protect you against sunburn and protect your skin from the sun, but will nourish your skin as well such as Green tea, Astaxanthin, Coconut oil, Sunflower oil, Shea butter, Vitamin E, and Avocado.
Mineral Foundation also works wonders in protecting your face while you are out and about with an SPF 15.
How are you doing at applying your sunscreen daily? What helps you remember?