Being under the sun can greatly benefit you because primarily, its rays can help produce Vitamin D, which can aid in forming strong bones and can prevent serious diseases. And even some sunshine especially during the summer lifts up your mood, right?
Nevertheless, just like everything else, too much of something will kill you. Exposure to the sun and its ultraviolet rays can do more harm when it is too much. Excessive UV radiation can lead to skin cancers like melanoma, which is the deadliest type. Because of the penetration of both UVA and UVB rays into the skin, you become more prone to wrinkling and skin aging even if you are still young.
Several fair skinned people have this fetish for tan skin and so, they head over to their local beach or even their own backyard and lie down under the sun for hours. Some even set out to tanning salons. Little do these folks know that they are doing bad practices that damage their skin’s DNA. Again, these ways are harmful and they can result in skin cancers.
You may have experienced sunburn, skin reddening, and dry skin for once in your life and it did not look and feel nice, right? So, that brings us to delve into preventions and solutions to these occurrences.
Keep in mind that overexposure will not help at all. The best you can do is to be under the sun for about 10 to 15 minutes max. That is plenty as it is. When you are outdoors between 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon, always try to seek shade. Better yet, bring and use protective gear like an umbrella, a cap or a pair of sunglasses. There are sun-protective clothes that have ultraviolet protection factor or UPF that you can wear as well. Furthermore, dark and tightly woven clothing are better in absorbing UV light than light and cotton ones. And a popular remedy is the application of sunscreen. Sun protection factor or SPF from 15 onwards is recommended.
In your own home, you can counter the sun’s effects too. It is typical to have windows made of glass and the deadly rays can still penetrate and pass through them. You should use perfect fit blinds. You can control the entry of sunlight and even light from outside sources with it. Room temperature can be regulated as well. With blinds, you can protect you and your family from outsiders and you will have more privacy.
Even if the sun seems to be covered by clouds, do not be fooled. The sunlight can still infiltrate the clouds and can do damage to you and your skin. During winter months, it still pays to practice preventive measures because the combination of snow, wind and sun can be ruthless.
The main thing is, the sunshine can be destructive so always be alert and attentive. If you can stay indoors or in the shade, then that is better. Bear in mind that prevention is better than cure.