With summer around the corner, it’s time to tell you the real truth about sunscreens. Your body is designed to get the vitamin D it needs by producing it when your bare skin is exposed to sunlight.
The part of the sun’s rays that is important is ultraviolet B (UVB). This is the most natural way to get vitamin D. You don’t need to tan or to burn your skin in order to get the vitamin D you need. Exposing your skin for a short time will make all the vitamin D your body can produce in one day.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble, essential vitamin that plays multiple roles in the body. In addition to maintaining bone health, vitamin D can protect against heart disease, diabetes, and cancers of the breast, prostate, and colon. Vitamin D is necessary for healthy immune function and may reduce inflammation, pain, and depression. Vitamin D also enhances absorption of other key nutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate, and zinc.
Brief, repeated exposures to sunlight are beneficial. Longer sun exposures do not further increase vitamin D production and can result in skin and eye damage. The general recommendation is to get 15 to 30 minutes a day of direct sunlight to maintain adequate levels of vitamin D. So those spending more time outdoors should take precautions to protect against the sun’s damaging effects.
Nobody wants to get skin cancer, however, we’ve gone from sun worship to sun dread. Research suggests that light hitting your skin, not just your eyes, helps reverse seasonal affective disorder. Moreover, being outside gets us golfing, gardening, and engaging in all kinds of mood-lifting physical activities.
The SPF rating of a sunscreen indicates the level of protection from UVB rays. Sunscreen prevents sunburn by blocking UVB rays thus allowing you to be in the sun longer than what is natural.
Natural vitamin D production decreases as the SPF rating increases, so blocking it seems contradictory to good health and cancer prevention. Excessive and unnecessary sunscreen application can actually have a negative effect on your body and health.
Demand for moisturizers with sunscreen is rising and slightly against better judgment. A good moisturizer and high SPF sunscreen combo is an oxymoron. The reason we recommend keeping them separate is simple: You don’t need sunscreen all the time! Your skin does not deserve to be plastered with all the additional components, all the time. Rather moisturize with an exceptional SPF free moisturizer such as 24 and protect your exposed skin with Ultraviolet (SPF 50) only when needed
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