For many years now, we have been told that we should never go out in the sun without sunscreen. However, there is also significant evidence that direct sun exposure is actually beneficial to your health. What matters, it seems, is that you know how to spend time in the sun. If you know how to do that, you can quite literally leave your sun block at home.
Why You Shouldn’t Use Sunscreen
The vast majority of sunscreens are filled with a range of chemicals and synthetic agents and these could actually lead to a variety of health problems and serious illnesses. Being aware of this is hugely important to protect your health.
Some sunblocks contain suspected carcinogens, including diethanolamine and related ingredients (DEA, TEA), padimate-o, and titanium dioxide. Other ingredients are suspected endocrine disrupters: benzophenone (oxybenzone), homosalate, octyl-methoxycinnamate (octinoxate), and the parabens (methyl-, ethyl-, butyl-, propyl-). Moreover, sunscreens can contain chemicals associated with skin irritation and rashes, including avobenzone (parsol 1789), benzophenone, octyl-methoxycinnamate, and PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid).
Two of these chemicals, octyl methoxycinnamate and butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane are designed to filter the UV-A and UV-B rays. These rays can also be potentially harmful, as they travel through our blood stream. However, the sun’s ray also provide our body with vitamin D and we need that vitamin in order to be healthy.
Why We Need Sun Exposure
The main reason why we need sun exposure is because it allows us to absorb vitamin D.
Adequate vitamin D intake is important for the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption, maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, and is suggested to supply a protective effect against multiple diseases and conditions such as cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
Exposure to sunlight does two things in terms of vitamin D. Firstly, it actually provides our body with the vitamin. Secondly, it triggers the receptors in our body to produce more vitamin D as well. Hence, a little bit of sun exposure gives us a huge boost to improve our cardiovascular health, lower our levels of bad cholesterol, makes our muscles stronger, lowers our blood pressure, improves our immune system, helps our kidneys function properly, ensures our teeth stay healthy and improves our bones strength and health. Naturally, all these benefits are only available if you know how to get sun exposure in a healthy way. Doing that even helps to protect against non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and a range of different cancers.
Staying Safe in the Sun
If at all possible, you should not use any sunscreen at all. However, this is only possible if you know how much sun exposure you can get and how to protect yourself naturally. You must gradually build up how much exposure to the sun you can get, so that you don’t burn. If you know you will be out in the sun for a long time, you need to wear sunshades and other pieces of strategic clothing.
It is important to understand that you can experience damage from too much sun exposure, and these dangers are pretty significant as well. Skin cancer is the obvious danger, but sun exposure also leads to wrinkly, saggy skin, which is a look most of us want to avoid as well. Some good hints and tips to bear in mind include staying out of direct sunlight between 11am and 2pm, when the sun is at the height of its zenith, and to look for shadow. If you are hoping for a suntan, you will be happy to know that you can tan in the shade as well. In fact, this will allow you to tan gradually, so you don’t end up burnt.
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