Health Benefits Of The Sun + The Truth About Sunscreen

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If you’re a sun junky like me, you’re probably soaking up the summer days sitting out on the patio, hitting the beach and enjoying not having to worry about whether it’s going to start raining –or snowing – at any given moment.

Since we are in the final countdown of our beautiful summer days let’s focus on remembering why we love and will miss the sun so much!!

To say that the sun is good for us is an understatement, the sun provides a variety of health benefits and is why people crave it when it goes into hiding for lengthy periods of time. 

HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE SUN…JUST A FEW

  • Vitamin D and our immune system: Our bodies can make our own vitamins and when we are outside in the sun, we immediately begin to synthesize Vitamin D which is essential for healthy bones, boosting the immune system and helps us feeling good.
  • Keeps us moving: Everyone wants to be outside and enjoy the summer warmth, so it makes sense that the summer is the peak period of the year for exercise because we simply feel more energetic and motivated when the weather is beautiful.
  • Helps our skin glow: Not only do we love the warmth of the sun on our skin but it can also help certain skin disorders such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.
  • Puts a HUGE smile on our face: The sun delivers a simple pleasure to our lives, we can see everyone and everything coming to life and out from hibernation! Exposure to the sun increases blood levels of natural opiates called endorphins which makes us feel happy… and hey I can’t think of anything I want more than to feel happy ☺

Although the sun has lots of amazing benefits, remember to enjoy the sun safely. The sun is the most damaging when it is at the highest in the sky (typically between 10 am and 4 pm) so make sure you’ve got your sunscreen on and are wearing a hat, sunglasses and light breathable clothing to protect your skin.

Chi Junky Picks for Top 3 Natural Sunscreens:

  1. Pure and Simple
  2. Goddess Garden
  3. Badger

Here’s a little throwback to a Chi Junky video on the truth about conventional sunscreen.