Depending on your skin type, your body will produce between 1,000 and 10,000 international units (IUs) of vitamin D when exposed to 30 minutes of the mid-day sun. This is important because vitamin D deficiency has been linked to weak bones, insomnia, mood disorders, hormonal imbalances and more. But too much of anything can be bad, and sun exposure is no exception.
Sun Exposure and Skin Cancer
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), skin cancer is the single most common type of cancer, with roughly one in five Americans developing it at some point during their life. A leading contributing factor of skin cancer is sun exposure. Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) rays that penetrate the skin and promote abnormal cell growth. Statistics show that up to 90 percent of all non-melanoma skin cancers involve prolonged exposure to the sun.
With the summer season officially in full swing here in the northern hemisphere, now is the time to think about protecting and nourishing your skin from the Sun's damaging effects and keeping your skin hydrated. The long, hot sunny days can be harmful to your skin with high temperatures, longer hours of daylight, and harmful UVA and UVB rays. Even though the Sun provides our body with what we need to make Vitamin D which is so critical especially during the colder and darker months, keeping your skin protected is even more important to avoid sunburn, sun spots, premature aging and worse yet skin cancer.
Before heading outside to the beach, pool, park, etc, we normally reach for sunscreen but most often the type of sunscreen used can often cause more damage than good. I suggest that you look for a non-toxic broad spectrum sunscreen that is mineral based an...