One of the the best things you can do for your skin is expose it to the sun. The sun has many benefits for the skin. While too much of the sun’s warm rays can be harmful to your skin and sun care routine, the right balance can have lots of mood lifting benefits.
Sunlight and darkness trigger the release of hormones in your brain. Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. This is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused.
However one of the main benefits is Vitamin D intake.
How Do I Get the Vitamin D My body Needs?
Vitamin D is sometimes called the called “sunshine vitamin” because it’s produced in your skin in response to sunlight. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases. As mentioned, research has also shown exposure to the sun can help ward off drepression.
Food Sources of Vitamin D
Few foods contain vitamin D naturally. Because of this, some foods are fortified. This means that vitamin D has been added. Vitamin D is more than a vitamin in that is acts as a pro-hormone and effects hormone balance and immune regulation of the body. Most foods, unless they are fortified, are poor sources of vitamin D and there are only a small amount of vitamin D rich foods to choose from.
Foods that contain vitamin D include:
- milk (fortified)
- cereal (fortified)
- yogurt (fortified)
- orange juice (fortified)
- egg yolk
Some of the biggest vitamin D deficiency symptoms include:
- Weakened immune system
- Seasonal depression
- Autoimmune disease
- Weak bones (osteopenia)
- Skin issues eczema and psoriasis
Sunshine A Word of Caution
If you’re planning on spending a lot of time out door in the sun you really need to apply sun screen as part of your sun care. Exposure to sun can lead to wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer.
Your skin produces pigment that scatters and absorbs the suns rays. The results in your tan which means your skin is defending itself from harmful radiation. However a tan can do only so much. Over time, the ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation in sunshine can weaken the lower layer of skin, known as the dermis, and promote wrinkles, brown spots, and the development of skin cancer.
You’re also more at risk of a sunburn going outside when the sun’s rays are more direct. This usually takes place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. While fairer skinned people are more at risk of burning than those with a darker complexion.
Wearing sunscreen is essential for your skin care and sun protection. You should use it every day, especially when you’re spending time outdoors.
Should you get burned or have irritated skin (maybe due to sun exposure) our Aloe Rescue Gel is ideal for soothing sunburnt or itchy skin. The two main ingredients, antiseptic tea tree essential oil and calming lavender essential oil help promote good skin repair and balsam content also calms and soothes the skin.