“Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.”
― Roman Payne
Hey Gorgeous Goddess,
Today I want to talk about the importance of getting sunshine on our skin. I’ll be shining a light on the positive health benefits exposure to sunlight has on our wellbeing and vitality and how to safely soak up some sunshine. Plus, I’ll be sharing how I personally like to get some rays on my skin (this may totally surprise you!)
Why Getting Sunshine On Our Skin Is So Important For Our Health!
Over the years I believe many of us have developed a fear of being in the sun, due to the education on sun safety, in particular the emphasis and focus on the risk of getting sun cancer. While I respect that this information is important and can save lives, I do believe that safe exposure to sunlight in moderate amounts is vital to our health and wellbeing. Sunlight is a beautiful gift to the earth, it has many health benefits and is not something that we should be fearful of, but rather respectful of and grateful for.
The Main Health Benefits of Sunlight Exposure Include:
-When sunlight touches our skin, it triggers the body’s production of vitamin D. The “sunshine vitamin” is crucial for our overall health, protecting against inflammation, lowering high blood pressure, supporting muscle recovery, improving brain function and may even reduce the risk of cancer.
-Promotes a healthy immune system, helping the body to fight against disease.
-Boosts our mood thanks to the production of the “happy hormone” Serotonin, which in turn can help to alleviate mild depression and S.A.D (Seasonal Affect Disorder).
-Improves our sleep quality due to the production of the “sleep hormone” Melatonin.
-Sunlight promotes healing of skin disorders, such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, jaundice, and other fungal skin infections.
-Boosts healthy growth in children.
I am a summer baby and I just LOVE being in the sunshine. I can literally feel my cells doing a little happy dance when I am in the sun and I always say that my spirit animal must be a reptile because I would literally just lay in the sun all day if I could and soak up the golden rays. However, as much as I would simply love to do just that every day, I DON’T, because I am very mindful of when I get my sunlight exposure… for two main reason, 1.) I don’t want to get sunburnt and 2.) worst case scenario, end up with skin cancer! Now I don’t want to instil fear of the sun into you, instead, I want to teach you how to safely enjoy the sunshine and receive the health benefits that sunlight offers.
My Top Tips To Safely Soak Up Some Sunshine:
1.Don’t Cover Up All The Time
Did you know that vitamin D is best absorbed though your tummy? If we always cover our skin to protect ourselves from the sun then we can’t receive the health benefits that it provides. I personally let my skin get some sunshine for about 20-30 minutes in the morning or afternoon but cover up at the hottest part of the day, when the sun is most intense.
2.Use SPF 30+ Sunscreen When And Where You Need It Most
I am blessed with naturally olive skin so my skin can handle a lot more sun in comparison to someone with fair skin, like my hubby and kids. I personally only use sunscreen in summer, if I am outside for longer than 20 minutes and find that I only need to put a little bit on my face, the tops of my shoulders and chest. I choose to use certified organic sunscreen (without any nasty chemicals). My favourite brands include; Eco by Sonya Driver, MooGoo, Natural Instinct and Surf Mud.
If you do have fair skin and find that you do need to use sunscreen all year round, then I highly recommend using one of the brands I mentioned above. It can also be helpful to slowly build up your sun exposure, so your skin can gradually get use to being in the sun for longer periods of time. Start with 5 minutes a day and slowly work your way up to 15-20mins.
3.Always Wear A Hat Outside
This is something I do, anytime I am in the sun, throughout the seasons… with the exception being when I take a quick dip in the ocean. I have a wide brim straw hat, that I like to wear if I’m lying in the sun and a straw visor for when I’m doing a more active activity, like going for a nature walk. This helps to protect my eyes and face from sun damage.
4.Get In The Sun Early In The Morning
I try to get my sun exposure right at the beginning of the day before the sun becomes too intense, usually between 9am-11am. My Dad (who is a farmer and is outside in the sun every day, all day) has a little saying that goes like this… “from 12 until 3, stay under a tree”. I use this little saying as my guide and try to seek shade during these times, as it is typically the hottest part of the day, when the UV rays are most intense. Of course, in Australia during the summer months by 9am it is often already too hot to be outside, so just use your common-sense okay girlfriend!
5.Take Your Sunglasses Off At Sunrise & Sunset
Although it is recommended to wear UV protection sunnies anytime you are outside, I bend the rules here a little bit…
I personally allow my eyes to have sunlight expose early in the morning and in the late afternoon. I don’t stare directly into the sun, but I do allow my eyes to gaze into the light. Allowing your eyes to be exposed to sunlight early in the morning encourages the brain to release a hormone called Serotonin, which is our “happy hormone”. It helps to boost our mood and makes us feel calm and focused at the beginning of the day.
In the evenings, as the light fades and the sky darkens, it triggers our brain to make another important hormone called Melatonin, which is our “sleep hormone”. It is responsible for helping our mind and body wind-down and prepare to go to bed.
Making a conscious effort to be outside at sunrise and sunset (without your sunnies on) is a great way to ensure that you will get this beneficial light exposure.
How I Personally Like To Get Some Rays On My Skin:
Let’s just say that if you were to pop over to our house unexpectedly between the hours of 9am and 11am on a sunny spring or summer morning, you would find the kids and I lying around nudie in our backyard enjoying the sun and some of our home-made mango popsicles. Yep, that’s how we roll and it’s a pretty fantastic way to be! We might only be out there for 15-20 minutes, but it is simply divine!!!
So darling, I hope this article has inspired you to get outside into the sunshine today! I can’t wait for you to experience the positive health benefits of getting some sun on your skin.
Now lovely, I want to encourage you to share this article with your besties right now! My mission is to spread the message of true health and wellness to as many like-minded women as possible, so that they too can live their best lives. I am so grateful for your support and help in sharing my life’s work.
P.s – I’d love to see how you get your daily dose of vitamin D!!! Take a pic when you’re outside soaking up some sun and tag me on Instagram in your post @kathryn.chandler (maybe don’t share the nudie ones though okay). 😉