Sunlight is necessary for life. It is absolutely essential for optimal health. It stimulates the immune system and aids in the production of vitamin D. Vitamin D has been shown to reduce fractures of the hip, other bones fractures, & breast & prostate cancers. Poor diets, nutritional deficiencies, & excessive sun exposure can cause premature aging of the skin.
Everyone should enjoy the sun in MODERATION. You should keep in mind that any kind of burn, including sunburn, is detrimental to your health. I don’t recommend putting your faith in sunscreens to protect you from OVER exposure to the sun or skin cancer. With sunscreens you can remain in the sun longer without noticing any superficial burning of the skin but it can cause more damage to the skin cells, blood vessels, nerves and other underlying structures. Sunscreens also suppress the protective mechanism of tanning.
In the US, approximately, 9,000+ people die each year from skin cancer. To put that number into a bit of perspective, it should be noted that over 55,000 will die of colon cancer & approximately 46,000 from breast cancer. For the 160,000 who undergo hip surgery, 5,800 will die as a result of that procedure.
So the next time you hear that “there is no such thing as a healthy tan”, remember that people who have tans experience one-third to one-half the incidence of breast & colon cancer when compared to those without a tan.
1. Vitamin E creams & coconut oils help minimize damage from excessive sun exposure.
2. Eat a diet rich in antioxidants.
3. Eat plenty of fruits & vegetables.
4. Vitamins C, E, and trace minerals have a protective effect against skin damage & skin cancer.
5. If you must use sunscreens, choose those that have Non Nano Zinc Oxide as the Active ingredient.