without it, we're at risk of conditions like osteoporosis. Vitamin D also helps boost the immune system. When your skin is exposed to sunlight, it manufactures vitamin D; however, letting the sun beat down on you isn't the only way to satisfy your vitamin D quotient! Fatty fish, egg yolks, mushrooms, beef liver, and cheese are all excellent sources of vitamin D. If you think you're not getting enough, supplementation these foods are an option!
Natural ingredients like zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and other minerals act as a physical sunblock - they reflect UV rays from the skin. Please use an all-natural sunblock, most of the conventional sunblock's have so many chemicals in them that they are more dangerous than the sun!
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and refers to how well a sunblock can protect against UVB rays, which cause burning and skin cancer. It could be helpful to think of UVB for "burning." Another type of radiation, called UVA, is responsible for age spots and wrinkles, as well as some types of skin cancers. Choose sunblocks that are labeled "broad spectrum" to ensure that it protects from both UVA and UVB.
Sunblocks are designed to remain at optimal strength for up to three years. This means that you CAN use leftover sunblock from one year to the next. Some sunblocks will include an expiration date, discard sunblock that is past its expiration date. Otherwise, write the date of purchase on the bottle and be sure to throw it out three years later.
It's better to be safe than sorry! When you're spending a lot of time outdoors, be sure to cover up with lightweight, light-colored clothes. Make it a point to wear a hat with a brim to cover your eyes and scalp, and don't leave your house without sunglasses on a bright day.
UVB rays are most active between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Make every effort to limit your time in the direct sunlight during these hours.
Water, sand, concrete, snow, and ice are all surfaces that can reflect UV rays and cause more severe sunburn. Further evidence that you should be wearing sunblock year-round – even in the winter!
Up to 80 percent of the sun's UV rays can pass through clouds, which means that you can still get a severe sunburn on an overcast day.
It's a common misconception that darker complexions don't need sunblock. While melanin does protect from a small number of UV rays, every shade of skin needs sun protection! If you have a dark skin tone, you've likely got a natural skin protectant of about SPF 13. You need about SPF 30 for reliable protection. No matter your skin color, you're still at risk of cancer, and wrinkles, dark spots, and burning from excessive sun exposure.
Tanning beds are NOT safer than the sun, whether indoor or outdoor UV rays, your skin will still suffer. Also, tanning beds don't help your body make vitamin D. They emit mostly UVA light, while your body needs UVB to create vitamin D.
If you live close to the equator, or in a high altitude location, you're more at risk of burning. Take this into account when you're on vacation too!
It is essential to stay hydrated when you're spending time in the sun. Carry water with you when you're spending time in the sun and aim to drink more than you would on a typical day spent indoors to avoid heat stroke.
Once you come inside from a sunny day, immediately apply a moisturizer, oil, or aloe based gel to your skin, this will help keep it hydrated and make it less likely to peel.
You tried to take precautions but still got a burn? That's okay take these steps to heal your skin:
I hope this information has been helpful. Remember I here to help. if you have any health questions email me at Toni@MoongazingApothecary.com or call 858-564-8880.
Until next week,
Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.