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Welcome to Sunshine and Sunburn Season

June 23, 2015

Welcome to Sunshine and Sunburn Season

This is the most dangerous week of the year for your skin and sun exposure. The sun high in the sky and ultraviolet light is intense. Your skin is at its lightest color because your melanin, the brown protective pigment in your skin, is at its lowest. Which means you will absolutely fry in the sun right now if you do not use protection. The first sunny days of the season are always the worst for sunburn, because that intense sun often takes you by surprise. You will probably be nursing your sunburn that evening, swearing you will never do that again!

Small doses of sunshine are great for you. Ten minutes of sun exposure on your arms and legs gives you 25,000 IU of Vitamin D. It is the best form of vitamin D and it is a natural mood elevator. But more than 20 minutes of ultraviolet light can start to become harmful. Too much UV light can promote skin cancer and ages the skin. Melanin is your bodyís own sunscreen. The darker your skin color, the more you have. The lighter your skin, the more important sunscreen is. Even if you have very dark skin you still need a sunscreen for longer exposure.

A Zinc 15 SPF UVA/UVB coverage is just fine for daily use. But if you go to the beach or play sports or garden for more than a half an hour, use an Zinc SPF 30 UVA/UVB. Donít forget lip balm with shea butter (shea butter is an natural SPF of about 9) or zinc sunscreen, a hat to protect your scalp, and sunglasses to protect your eyes.

Summer is coming Ė enjoy it with good health and happiness!

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