Sun: Friend or Foe?

Darker and healthier looking skin, less visible imperfections, your body looks more toned… The sun might have all these outstanding effects but is it really beneficial for your skin’s health?

The sun is responsible for several negative effects such as premature skin aging, sunburn, heatstroke, brown spots and of course skin cancer. Excessive exposure to the sun can harm your skin and health irreversibly.

However a little bit of sun is good for you. It helps the synthesis of vitamin D in our bodies and boosts our levels of serotonin, the neurotransmitter associated with happy feelings. The sun can also improve several skin conditions.

Keep in mind some basic rules you should follow:

– Always apply sunscreen before being exposed to the sun, no matter what the color of your skin is.

– Avoid, as much as possible, exposure between 11:00 am and 04:00 pm when the UV index is at its highest.

– Look out for any skin change or anomaly in the appearance or pigmentation and contact your doctor for more information. Most of the times skin cancer can be treated with success, if detected early.

– Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen.

– Wear a hat at the beach and keep yourself hydrated.

The sun can be your best friend and your worst enemy. It’s up to you to make the right choices!