Why the Sun is Beneficial for Our Skin

How often do you hear how bad the sun is for your skin? Although it is strongly suggested to avoid over exposure of direct sunlight to your skin, there are some great benefits from having the proper exposure from sunlight.  Let's discuss what exactly are those benefits.


How Good is the Sun Really to Your Skin?

Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. Serotonin is associated with boosting your mood and helping a person to feel calm and focused.  Proper sunlight elevates your mood and can help improve your sleep.

However, the sun’s benefits go beyond fighting stress and providing good sleep. There are some other beneficial reasons to catch some good sun.

Exposure to the ultraviolet-B radiation in the sun’s rays causes a person’s skin to create vitamin D, which is essential in developing strong bones. Vitamin D is beneficial for bones, because it helps the body absorb calcium, a chemical critical for bone formation and health.

Since regular sun exposure is a sure way to robust up your Vitamin D levels, it can also help to strengthen your immune system, which aides in promoting healthy skin as well.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), sun exposure might help treat several skin conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema, jaundice and acne.

It has also been noted that a healthy amount of sun rays can protect you from melanoma. The skin's exposure to ultraviolet radiation of short wave lengths (UVB) has been linked to a decreased risk of melanoma in people who work outdoor compared to their indoor counterparts, which is noted that chronic sunlight exposure can have a protective effect.


What is Reasonable Exposure for Healthy Exposure

While overexposure to sunlight is associated with a wide range of skin diseases, moderate sunbathing can be beneficial, especially if you take measures to avoid extra UV. According to WHO, you should be getting anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes of sunlight on your arms, hands, and face 2-3 times a week, which is enough to enjoy the vitamin D-boosting benefits of the sun.  So staying in the sun for as little as 10 minutes can be enough to supply your body with vitamin D for a day. It is also said that the sun must penetrate the skin, so wearing sunscreen or clothing over your skin will not result in proper vitamin D production.

If you decide that you are going to be outside for more than 15 minutes, it is highly recommended that you protect your skin. You can do that by applying our Melan-in-Skin- Nourishing Lotion. It has a Natural UV absorption especially beneficial to people with melanin skin (our MPF factor) but do not want chemical agents used in FDA enforced SPF. 

 

Source references:

https://www.webmd.com/.../20070130/could-some-sun-be-good-your-skin

https://www.healthline.com/health/depression/benefits-sunlight

http://www.healthgoesup.com/articles/14413/1/ways-sun-beneficial-health-1.html

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nomanazish/2018/02/28/why-sunlight-is-actually-good-for-you/

https://www.medicaldaily.com/sun-exposure-vitamin-d-and-other-health-benefits-sunlight-246487

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