|Posted on March 14, 2014 at 12:20 AM|
Spring is coming! I think... It is technically it is here, but it hasn't warmed up just yet.
The sun is shining, the grass is turning green and flowers are blooming!
It just isn't warm enough. Good "sweater weather" I reckon. But, this post isn't to complain about the weather, it is all about sunshine!
Yesterday, it was a little cool, but I sat in the sun on a blanket in middle of the field and got some much needed sun. I like the sun, makes me happy!
Some people won't go out in the sun without having sunblock slathered all over ever visable inch of skin! Now that is going a little too far I think. The sun gives off UV rays and although you hear that these are harmful and can cause cancer, there isn't any proof that UV rays cause cancer. There is proof that ingredients in sunblock can give you cancer. You might want to check you sunscreen for these harmful chemicals:
- Oxybenzone, which is linked to hormone disruption and cell damage that may lead to skin cancer.
- Octyl-methoxycinnamate causes oxidation damage of the skin, and causes the skin to age faster. (Who wants that?)
- Retinyl palmitate, which has now been proven to be a carcinogen.
I know there are natural alternatives to the leading brands of sunblocks, but I myself don't use sunblock, I don't even use lotion. (Has something to do with not being able to open doors after I put it on.... Yes, I am claustrophobic. ) I will look into this and write more later... all-natural sunblock I mean, not me being claustrophobic.
Here are a few benefits that sunlight gives us:
- The sun's light kills bad bacteria.
- Sunlight has a beneficial effect on skin disorders, such as psoriasis, acne, eczema and fungal infections of the skin.
- Sunlight penetrates deep into the skin to cleanse the blood and blood vessels.
- Sunlight increases oxygen content in human blood.
- Sunlight builds the immune system.
It also helps the body produce Vitamin D. What does Vitamin D do? It promotes bone health, strenthens teeth, supports the immune system, it is anti-cancer, and protects against dementia and brain aging.
Yes, that is very helpful!
Here are some things that may help when you go outside.
- Don’t wear sunglasses. They block light getting into the eyes, and the optical nerve that runs to the hypothalamus is able to adjust the skins resistance to the sun on the basis of how much light your receive with your eyes. (Basically, sunglasses don't allow your eyes to do what they are supposed to do.)
- Coconut oil has an SPF of about 4-6. All you need is regular light applications. (And you won't have to feel claustrophobic... just saying...)
- Make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Your skin is more likely to burn if you have are dehydrated.
Just in case any of you all are like me and have no clue what "SPF" means, it means Sun Protection Factor (Google is my best friend.). Now you...we know.
There y'all have it, so next time the sun is shining leave the sunblock inside and get outside... even if it is just for a few minutes.