Sun- Friend or Foe? or Frenemy?
Just because it’s winter and grey and cloudy and cold.. DOES NOT MEAN YOU SHOULD STOP WEARING SUNSCREEN. you need it all year long. And lemme tell you why:
The sun is great, it’s one of my best friends. I love the sun. I love the heat, I love the bright sunshine, I love being able to wear shorts and tank-tops and pretty dresses, I love being able to be outside. I love the sun.
Your skin and the sun, however, aren’t as close. They kind of have this love/hate relationship. But it’s kind of one way deal because the sun, as far as I know, doesn’t really care about anyone.
But I digress.
Your skin needs the sun because it provides the best form of vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is extremely important for your overall health; increased brain function, better sleep, regulating hormones, reducing depression, enhancing immune system, etc. It also can help PREVENT certain forms of skin cancer with certain, safe exposure to UVB rays. Sun exposure can also help with certain skin diseases such as acne and psoriasis, by enhancing skin barrier functions.
So I’m not saying to stay inside away from all forms of sunlight, your body obviously needs the sun to stay alive. They key here is to be smart about your sun exposure.
The #1 way to stay safe is sunscreen.
Too much sun can cause a whole host of problems:
- Age spots
- Loss of collagen
Sunscreen is especially important. But make sure you’re buying sunscreen with the physical barrier, and not chemical. Zinc oxide and the like provide a physical barrier on your skin, so the rays actually bounce off. Whereas a chemical sunscreen actually sinks into your pores… gross.
And as always, always buy non-toxic products. If you buy a sunscreen full of chemicals, you may actually cause skin cancer. (Which is so ridiculous.)
Here are my recommended favorites:
Let us now take on this winter with perfect, sunscreened skin.