We all know that getting out in the fresh air feels incredible. Sunlight can boost mood and reduce feelings of depression by triggering the release of serotonin in the brain (associated with feelings of happiness and calmness). This, in turn, helps us to sleep at night. The sun is also a source of vitamin D, which plays a role in bone, teeth and muscle health by regulating the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body.
However, spending too much time in the sun has damaging effects to the body, especially the skin. This is why it is important to be aware and savvy when protecting your skin, especially during the spring and summer months. It is never too late to start protecting your skin from the long-term effects of the sun.
The sun and the skin
It is common knowledge that the sun emits ultraviolet (UV) radiation. This radiation can penetrate the skin, causing sunburn which may lead to skin cancer. According to the World Health Organisation, exposing the skin to 5 to 15 minutes in the sun 2 or 3 times a week provides sufficient amounts of vitamin D for the body. However, too much sun on the skin can cause unwanted negative effects, so it is important to be aware of ways to protect yourself from the damaging rays. For example, ensure you are wearing suitable clothing and regularly applying a quality sunscreen.
The truth about SPFs
We often think, and are lead to believe, that a sunscreen with a higher SPF will provide better protection for our skin. This is false.
A higher SPF means there are more chemicals present within the sunscreen, meaning it is more likely to cause a reaction with the sunlight, and penetrate the skin, causing damage and irritation. SPF 50 may only provide 5% more protection than SPF 15.
Many synthetic sunscreens may be damaging to corals and marine life. When we swim or shower, the sunscreen may wash off an enter our waterways, meaning it can be damaging to the environment in the long term.
Make better choices - not only for your skin, but for our planet.
At SkinDose, we recommend:
using Environ SPF 15 everyday on top of your moisturiser.
consuming a diet high in antioxidants, and vitamins C and E to protect your skin from the inside.
enjoying the sun while protecting your skin by wearing suitable clothing and a hat.
maintaining a regular skincare routine, including facials, which can work wonders for your skin and help many skin concerns, helping us to feel our best.
Incorporating skincare awareness and routines into our lives results in long-term benefits for our skin and wellbeing. This means we can enjoy the beautiful weather with the peace of mind that we are also protecting our skin. It's the best of both worlds! Now bring on the sunshine...