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Sweet Sunshine

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Sunshine is known to aid in our body’s manufacturing of vitamin D – a vital and essential element in

stronger and healthier bones, hair and teeth – but how do we balance basking in the sun with protecting
our skin from cancer, when we live in a country with almost perpetual sunlight?

Know your hours. The sun’s rays are at their strongest between the hours of 10am to 4pm, so stay
indoors or cover up generously if you are going to be out. Overexposure to the sun’s rays causes
wrinkles, freckles and in severe cases, skin cancer, so if you like to bask in the sun, do so only during the
hours of 7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm.

Vitamin D in moderation. Going outside when the sun is not at its peak for about five to 15 minutes is
more than enough for your daily dosage of vitamin D. Not only is your skin soaking in all the goodness of
the sun, so is your mind. UV rays are said to aid in the release of serotonin – a hormone responsible for
happiness. Other than that, some sun exposure also helps in boosting our immunity. Moderation is key
here; too much of something is obviously going to be bad for you and this is no exception.

Yes to blocking! Sunblock or wearing long-sleeved tops, long pants and hats can help in protecting our
skin from overexposing our skin to unnecessary UV rays. A SPF 15-30 sunblock should be enough to
act as a shield as well as protecting from sunburn on a normal day (wear at least a SPF 50 when on the
beach, swimming, doing outdoor sports, etc.) Even on rainy days and winter time, sunblock is a must!

Sunlight, like most things, is good for you in small portions. So, do enjoy your daily dosage of bright
sunlight but always remember to be safe about it!

Image: Some rights reserved by Melissa Rancourt

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