The sun is out. It is almost official; summer might be here. That is a good thing for the majority of us. We do like the sun because it means the weather stands a chance of being good and actually allowing us to get outside and do something. The sun means opportunity for the adventurous who like to get out and about, and even for those who just want to sit around in the garden.
Did you know our bodies need the sun to thrive? Actually, they are made to take advantage of the sun – almost like plants! This is especially the case with Vitamin D that we can pick up from being exposed to the sun. In fact, you need to have exposure to the sun to get the amount of Vitamin D that you need. It is a reaction to the sun’s rays within our body that creates Vitamin D. We need to expose our skin to create it, but that comes with some health risks. If we overexpose ourselves to the sun, we can get hurt via sunburn, and this can cause serious long-term damage.
The sun is not safe because it brings a bit of danger with it – not just the aforementioned burning, but also heat. Heat isn’t completely safe, not when it comes from as powerful a source as the sun. You need to protect yourself from the sun to reap the benefits of summer.
In the first instance, limit your exposure to the sun. Seeking it out constantly will do damage to your body. Certainly, you should expose yourself to it at least once a day, but if you are lying around basking in it for hours a day, you are going to get burnt and hurt. The rays of the sun will age skin and damage it, and this multiplies during the hottest hours of the day when the sun hangs highest in the sky. Try to stay out of the sun between 12 pm and 2 pm. This limits your exposure to the sun during its most dangerous hours.
The sun can also be super annoying especially when you are trying to avoid it. Ever been on your computer or watching your TV indoors only for the sun to rear up and say hello, while blocking out everything with its brightness? Natural lighting is awesome, but we can regulate it from becoming an annoyance with some residential window tinting. It does not just block the sun out, but adds some privacy to usually clear and see-through windows. It really is worth considering.
If you are going to be in the sun, protect your skin with sunblock cream – the best you can buy. That will keep your skin safe from the sun because they come with UV blockers. You should reapply throughout the day to ensure your skin stays safe in the summer months when the sun is out. Also, ensure you are drinking a lot of water – more so than usual. Add a few extra glasses a day and start your morning with a big dose of it to avoid dehydration.