Ups + Downs of Sunshine
The Ups and Downs of Sunshine
Summer is upon us! And so is the summer sun.
While your initial instinct may be to go bask in the warm light rays, there are a few things you want to keep in mind before doing so.
Yes, the sun is good for you. Yet, there are also plenty of harmful side-effects if you don’t take the right precautions. However, don’t let that deter you. With the right tips, you can lay out in that sunshine without fear.
So, let’s dive right in. What are the harmful side-effects of the sun? And what can you actively do to protect yourself?
The Harmful Effects of the Sun
The biggest shadow when it comes to sunshine is skin cancer. With long-term exposure, the sun can damage your skin to a point that you could develop basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or malignant melanoma. These cancers can spread to other parts of the body, and they can become deadly if not treated at early onset.
Then, there’s the more minor but painful side-effect of getting a sunburn. We’ve all been there. You’re in the sun. You think you’re fine. A few hours after heading indoors, you’ve taken on the appearance of a bright red lobster – oops.
You end up in pain for a few days, maybe peeling skin. It’s not exactly a walk in the park. It might even interrupt your sleep, since more severe sunburns are painful to touch or lie on.
You may also experience UV ray light damage, especially as you age. This appears in the form of wrinkles and a loss of elasticity in the skin. Interestingly, these UV rays may also cause damage to your eyes. In fact, they’ve been connected with the development of cataracts.
Lastly, there’s heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Heat stroke usually happens on a very hot day. It’s basically the process of your body overheating and it’s inability to cool down. It can lead to serious complications, including death. Heat exhaustion, on the other hand, is the condition prior to heat stroke. You feel dizzy and unwell. And while it is a serious condition that requires proper treatment, it’s not as severe as heat stroke.
The Sunny Side Up
Luckily, there’s a sunny side to all of this. The body needs sun. It’s necessary to help your body and its systems produce vitamin D. Vitamin D is crucial for various functions throughout the body, including proper functioning of your blood, immune, and bone systems. It also helps your body properly use minerals, such as calcium.
So, getting sun is necessary, but how can you do so safely?
Tips for Safe Tanning
- Use sunscreen. Select broad-spectrum varieties. These will protect you from UVB and UVA rays. And don’t forget to reapply as needed!
- Wear sunglasses. You only get one pair of eyes. Protect them so you don’t have regrets down the road.
- Consider only staying in the sun for half an hour each time. This will still produce a tan and give you the positive benefits associated with the sun. At the same time, it will also reduce your chances of getting a burn or forgetting to reapply sunscreen.
- Use tanning lotions. Go for the fake tan, instead of the real tan. If you can, try to find self-tanning lotions that are natural or organic. These are better for you and your skin!
- Try supplements. A lot of places don’t get a ton of sun for a large part of the year. Using vitamin D supplements may help replace the absence of sunshine and continue to support optimal health and wellness.
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