When it comes to our skin, there are a few things that we consider sworn enemies and do everything in power to stay away from. Though smoking, harsh chemicals in water, rubbing your face dry with a rough towel, hot water, stress etc are all considered skinenemies, it is the sun that is the biggest of them all!
From premature aging to even skin cancer, the sun is blamed for most of our major skin ailments. However, a recent study has come out with findings that question conventional wisdom and promote sun exposure. But before you don your bikini and head out to find a patch of sunshine in the nearest park or beach, catch your breath and read on.
While sunlight has always been credited for bone and muscle health, it is now believed that a certain amount of sun exposure every day might be good for skin as well. According to new research, exposure to sunlight diminishes the risk of developing many skin allergies and other skin conditions like psoriasis, allergy to cosmetics and perfumes etc. It says that limited supply of sunlight might even protect skin against many bacterial infections. Sunlight might also boost immunity.
Earlier, studies have hinted at the fact that many people in Britain lack Vitamin D so this new finding could be an added incentive to go out in the sun. However, Professor John Hawk, who has been studying the benefits of sunlight, warns against long hours of sun bathing and most importantly, the use of sunbeds.
“I am advocating only very small amounts of sunshine,” Professor Hawk said. His findings tell us that anything between 5 to 20 minutes of sun exposure everyday is all it requires to produce the Vitamin D required and too much of the same can enhance the risk of cancer. Also, a sunbed is NOT a substitute for sun exposure. 15 minutes of sun exposure might be healthy but the same amount of time spent on a sunbed is not the same.
So this summer, one knows what’s to be done!