Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sun, Sunscreen, and Your Health

Is slathering on sunscreen every time you go out into the sun really good for you? For years, research has shown that putting on sunscreen before going out into the sun helps to lower your risk of sunburn, melanoma, sunspots, and prematurely aging skin. Although spending time in the sun has also been shown to help the human body produce Vitamin D and help with some other skin issues such as Psoriasis and Eczema. Specifically UVB rays are being used to treat some skin issues in doctors office and home use systems. More research is being done on the benefits of UVB rays.

Some researchers have made the argument that too much sunscreen can actually prevent your body from weeding out the mutated cancerous cells. (Unfortunately, for the life of me can't find the video to quote the researchers name on this one.) The sun is the best source for your body to create Vitamin D which in turn helps cell reproduction and calcium absorption and regulation. If you are constantly using a high SPF sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays you are for sure lowering your risk of skin cancer and premature aging, but what about other cancer causing cells? The sun can help your body create Vitamin D which helps cellular reproduction and helps to rid your body of mutated cells that can turn cancerous. Vitamin D when converted by the kidneys is turned into Calcitriol which acts as a hormone in your bloodstream to regulate calcium levels in your body to promote healthy bone growth too.

So your body ultimately needs some sun. Now I'm not suggesting you never wear sunscreen again, and far be it for me to think I am completely correct on all things sun. I have done some research and only speak of what this limited research has taught me and encourage you to do some research of your own. I understand the basics of needing at least 15 minutes of sun everyday to keep my body healthy. Not to mention being in the sunshine just lifts my spirits.

I wish I knew the pros and cons of sun exposure in my youth and I might not have so much sun damage and prematurely aging skin. Wear sunscreen if your going to be out in the sun for prolonged periods but wear a lower SPF so your body can slowly absorb at least some of those UV's to help your system do what it's supposed to do. Remember to apply every few hours so your body doesn't OD on UV's like getting a sun burn. Ouch! If your going to be out in the sun running errands or taking a short bike ride to the store don't worry about it, but ALWAYS wear sunscreen on your face! If you must wear sunscreen all the time choose a low SPF of 15 or 20.

These are just my opinions on the research I have done and the facts I find relevant for people to know. In no way am I a doctor or even recommend you follow my advise. Do what you feel is right for you, this is what is right for me.

So enjoy the sunshine this summer safely.
Your American Cutie

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