Many of us have been under the impression that using sunscreen is the definitive way of protecting yourself from the daily UV rays of the sun. In fact, many of us believe that using it every day, for every occasion, is the most effective method. But could be possible that wearing sunscreen from head to toe every single day is not as good for you as you thought? Just like everything else in life, too much of a good thing can sometimes be a bad thing. Although sunscreen is a vital part of routine skin protection and care, it is important to know just how much is too much.
Continue reading to learn some facts about sunscreen to help you determine what best meets your sun protection needs.
Protection Against Excessive Sun Exposure
Sunscreen lotion is meant to protect our skin from excessive sun exposure. It is important to remember that the sun’s UV rays, although quite harmful in large amounts, are highly beneficial in small doses. That is because they stimulate the natural production of an essential fat-soluble vitamin in our skin called Vitamin D. This includes Vitamin D-1, D-2, and D-3.
Furthermore, our bodies need to be able to process small levels of Vitamin D3, which is something the sun’s rays deliver. Vitamin D facilitates normal immune system function, as well as regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorous. It can also prevent certain health implications, such as osteoporosis, fungal growth, and tooth decay.
Lack of Vitamin D
Without sufficient Vitamin D production in our bodies, we could be at higher risk of certain bone abnormalities, such as osteomalacia (soft bones) or osteoporosis (fragile, brittle bones). For this reason, it is not necessary to shun all sun exposure. Sunscreen is recommended for lengthy outdoor activity or sun exposure, and not necessarily for your everyday trip to the salon or grocer.
Rather than covering yourself from head to toe in sun screen every day, simply use a normal amount on your exposed skin, such as your arms, face, and neck, and cover the rest of your body with sun reflective clothing. You can wear a hat and sunglasses, or a scarf as well.
Sunscreens are useful, but excessive usage can sometimes be bad for your health. Most contain several chemicals, and repeated usage over a long period of time is bound to have negative implications a person’s health.
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