The Sunshine “Happiness” Factor
Why does the sun have so much appeal? The effort to stay warm, requires a tremendous amount of energy from our body. Consequently, it responds to warmth in the same way as it does with chocolate – by releasing the “happiness hormone” called serotonin.
The body has natural protective mechanisms in place to protect us from sunburn. It does this by trying to disperse UV rays that enter the skin so they don’t reach deeper more vulnerable layers. This includes producing melanin and thickening the outer layer of the skin, called lightschwiele.
Too Much Of A Good Thing
But overdoing it in the sun causes damage and inflammation to the skin, and the skin protests and turns red. The amount of time we can enjoy the sun without getting sunburned depends on our natural skin, hair and eye color, as well as our pigmentation.
How Much Sun Can My Skin Tolerate?
One of the best ways to answer this question is by using the Fitzpatrick Scale originally created by Thomas Fitzpatrick, MD, at Harvard Medical School in 1975. It is used to estimate our skin’s response to UV light, by classifying our complexion by type. Time spent in the sun beyond our body’s natural protection ability, can lead to sunburn.
5 Things I do To Nourish & Protect MY SKIN
1. According to the Fitzpatrick Scale I have skin type II, so I know that any time spent in the sun beyond 10-20 minutes I need extra sun protection. When my skin is pale, I use a sun cream with high UV filters, of SPF 30 or more. Versus, if my skin’s already tanned, I often use a product with lower UV Filter, such as our Beautipharm Skin Care with SPF 15.
3. I enjoy the sun year round in moderation to allow my body a continuous production of protective pigments and Lichtschwiele.
4. My meal plan includes an abundance of green vegetables, carrots and tomatoes. The carotenoids in these foods can help my body protect against oxidation and, consequently, sunburn as well.
5. To play it extra safe I avoid the midday sun, wear protective clothing, and wear sunglasses to prevent wrinkles around my eyes.
Wishing you a great start to summer and safe sunning,