The earth sits 93 million miles away from a massive burning inferno: the sun. Yet, despite its vast distance from earth, the amount of light and heat it is capable of delivering to our planet is truly amazing. Every day, people step outside their homes and soak up an endless supply of sunshine, and although it is important to get enough sunlight, getting too much sun exposure can be detrimental to one’s health.
Since too much sun exposure is damaging to the human body, it leaves many to wonder what steps they can take to mitigate the risk of being harmed by the sun. Thankfully, there are some things you can do that will help you to avoid sun damage.
Limit Your Time in Direct Sunlight
Perhaps the best policy for preventing sun damage is one of avoiding being out in direct sunlight for too long. Since your body needs some direct sun exposure, it should be noted that an average of 15 to 20 minutes a day in direct sunlight is about all the body truly needs. This amount of daily sun exposure is useful for providing your body with the necessary UVB radiation it needs for improving your body’s vitamin D stores.
When you think of protecting yourself from sun damage, you probably imagine pictures of yourself at the beach slathering on sunscreen. Unfortunately, most of the sunscreens on the market are themselves not necessarily all that safe for human use.
In fact, studies have shown that the people who use the most sunscreen are more likely to develop the worse cases of malignant melanoma. Many of these chemical-based sunscreen products even cause problems from allergic reactions to hormone disruptions.
The safest sunscreens to use are the natural mineral sunscreen formulas that use zinc oxide and titanium oxide for blocking out harmful UV radiation. If you are uncertain which products these may be, the Environmental Working Group publishes a list of the best ones for regular use.
One of the best ways to be sure you are blocking out sun rays, without worrying about putting harmful chemicals on your skin, is to wear a shirt or a hat. If you want to get a little sun exposure, you can always dress down for part of the day and dress up when you have had enough.
Augmenting Your Diet
Since too much sun exposure causes oxidative stress, it is a smart idea for people who spend a lot of time in the sun to orient their diet to handle this type of oxidative stress to their skin. Eating a diet high in antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids and catechins will certainly help to lower the risk of related skin cancers.
Also, since people who spend a lot of time in the sun tend to generate higher levels of D3, a diet rich in sources of vitamin K2 is also a great way to prevent potential sun exposure-related health problems.
Consult the Professionals
For more tips on preventing sun damage, make an appointment at Guelph Medical Laser and Skin Centre in Guelph. Our team of experts will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We also offer non-invasive services that can help you reduce the visible signs of sun damage. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation to learn more.