It’s safe to say we have had a pretty good summer this year in the UK, haven’t we? Whilst August is a little bit of a washout weather-wise, that doesn’t mean we need to stop looking after our skin and protecting it from the sun. Something a lot of us can forget to do once the sun and warm weather leave us to be replaced by grey overcast skies and rain for the next 6/7 months at least.
Sloane and Sons have produced a great post on why the sun is really good for us but harmful at the same time. Like everything there are pro’s and con’s and whilst us Brits tend to revel in the glorious sunshine, we are usually never prepared for the high temperatures and risk sunburn when venturing outside or worse.
How to enjoy the sun responsibly is something we could all do with taking more seriously on warmer days. We all love a bit of hot weather and there is no doubt that, when enjoyed responsibly the sun has many benefits for our bodies. Did you know that sunlight can help regulate your body clock? Exposure to the sun can help us wake up easier and more naturally and also fall asleep better of a night with just one hour of sunlight exposure in the morning!
Being in the sunlight for as little as 15 mins can help the body to produce Vitamin D which is essential for absorbing calcium which we need for strong healthy bones.
There are also studies that show sunlight can have positive effects on our mental health for sufferers from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and on our weight too.
With all these positive effects it can be easy to bypass the dangers of too much sun exposure. From the treatable sunburn to skin cancer, the sun can cause more damage to our bodies much quicker than you may realise. It’s always worth taking heed of warnings to protect our bodies from damage in the short term as well as for when we get older.
Ways To Protect Your Body From Sun Damage.
- Always wear sunscreen when out in the sun. Look for F15 or higher.
- Stay out of the midday sun. The sun is always at its hottest between 12-3pm so look to avoid being in direct sunlight during these hours.
- Cover up with loose clothing. especially important for those with skin that burns easily.
- Add a hat and sunglasses to your outfit to protect your head, face and eyes too.