We are meant to be in the sun.
There are so many benefits when it comes to fun in the sun. Natural sunlight provides a healthy dose of vitamin D, plus it triggers the body’s own production. Science also proves that sunshine makes us happier due to increased serotonin. And, if we are in the sun, chances are we are engaging in some kind of physical activity. A definite win for our overall health.
With that, there are a few important things to know when it comes to your day in the sun.
- Avoid the sun during peak hours. Generally, this is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. — regardless of season. These are prime hours for exposure to skin-damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, even on overcast days.
- Wear protective clothing. This includes pants, shirts with long sleeves, sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.
- Use sunscreen. Apply sunscreen generously and reapply regularly. Research supports the benefits of using sunscreen to minimize skin damage from the sun’s rays.
So, remember – Sun? YES! Sun care? Absolutely!