There is no doubt that the sun is helpful – it gives life to all things – but everything needs to be used in moderation. Vitamin D is mostly absorbed through the sun, and it gives the body the power to absorb vitamins and minerals like calcium, but too much sun can be hurtful.
Premature wrinkles, skin diseases and some rashes can all be linked to too much sun exposure because the UV rays can damage some of the skin cells. If you’re smart, you’ll follow some guidelines to protecting your skin and staying healthy during the hot summer.
Perhaps one of the easiest things a person can do to protect his or her skin is to simply wear products that help protect the skin from the sun. The idea is to deflect UV lights or reduce the amount of damage they might do to the skin.
The easiest solution is to wear sunblock, which should be at least 30 SPF, to ensure the most protection. There are some who would prefer to use other products because the ingredients in sunblock are not universally loved, which is okay. There are natural options available.
Those interested in alternatives might want to consider shea butter, which not only penetrates the skin to fortify skin cells, but also moisturizes the skin to protect it from UV lights. Of course, the quality of the shea butter makes a difference, so it is important to get a natural and raw type.
Nutrition can make a big difference with the issues caused by excessive sun exposure. The idea is to simply consume foods that contain ingredients that can reverse some of the damage UV lights can have on the body’s skin cells.
Some vital ingredients that are needed to keep the skin healthy are antioxidants, beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, selenium, and vitamin A. These ingredients can be found in foods such as sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, mangoes, collard greens, guava, watermelon, tomatoes, brazil nuts, fermented breads (breads made with wild yeast), and aged cheese, just to name a few sources.
Most of these are building blocks for strong cells and also help repair damage. For example, antioxidants have the power to eliminate free radicals that are created when the oxygen in the skin reacts to UV lights. Free radicals are quite damaging. In fact, cell mutation is possible if they are not kept under control.
The right diet and sunblock can do a lot to keep the skin healthy, but there are a number of practical things that can be done, too. For example, it would be a good idea to go out less in the morning, and do errands when the sun goes down. This might not always be possible, but it’s an idea.
It would also be a good idea to make sure that sun exposure is no longer than 20 minutes at a time. Even then, less is always better. Wearing long-sleeved shirts or long pants could be helpful, even if it will be hot. The key is to wear breathable and light-colored clothes, which should not retain much heat.
Using an umbrella when the sun is out might also help keep UV lights from hitting the skin directly. There is no shame in taking precautions, especially when one’s health is involved.
These are just a few tips to protect the skin from the sun, but there is always more to learn. This is the reason why people, especially middle-aged people, are encouraged to talk to trusted health care specialists about what more can be done to stay healthy.