As we continue to learn more about the ways in which our lifestyle, diet and certain environmental factors can impact our overall health and wellbeing, it’s somewhat surprising that many of us still overlook our bodies largest organ, our skin.
Our skin plays a vital role in insulating us and protecting us, so ensuring it is in turn protected and well cared for is so important.
Exposure to sunlight is beneficial in many ways. Sunshine and fresh air can do wonders for our mental health! It’s also the best way of boosting the body’s vitamin D level. The major function of Vitamin D is to promote healthy bones, and a lack of vitamin D can have a number of detrimental effects on our bodies. So whilst ensuring we get enough sun exposure to boost our Vitamin D we need to be careful to protect ourselves from the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays.
Melanin is the natural pigment found in the epidermis (the outer layer of skin) and its job is to protect the skin from UV rays. After safe sun exposure, most people will notice an increase in melanin production, otherwise known as a tan! However, if the skin has been overexposed to the sun and not adequately protected, the skin can be burnt and skin cells can be damaged. This is why sun protection is essential.