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Sun Exposure Myths

Nothing can be more relaxing than a day at the beach, enjoying the warm sun light and the beautiful landscape. However, lately one medical warning has made us think twice before staying in the sun, inducing the fear of a dangerous and deadly sun. But, in order to state that sun is bad one must take into consideration a wide range of factors such as skin type, the time of exposure, the altitude, the season, and also the diet as vitamins and minerals in the organism can change the reaction of skin into the sun. You should also have information on the risk of developing some diseases such as cancer, genetically speaking.


In the past years there has been a flux of information regarding sun exposure and its effects upon our body that is so difficult to make the difference between truth and myth. Regardless all these, we should all avoid excessive sun exposure and learn how to protect against harmful sun rays.

  • Sun exposure clears acne

  • The reality is that even though sun exposure masks, temporarily, acne marks, there are no specific proves that tanning encourages acne cleaning. Moreover, it is known that sun dries the skin leading in the end to more pimples.

    Sun exposure determines the accumulation of dead cells that clogs pores, and therefore making acne even worse. Sun dries your skin, therefore sebaceous glands will try to compensate dehydration and will start producing even more sebum that encourages acne. So, if you have acne, you should protect against sun rays covering the affected areas. Also, don't forget to use a sunscreen cream or gel in order to counteract the noxious effects of the sun.

  • Any kind of sun exposure damages the skin

  • It is true that sun exposure damages the skin especially if you are exposing during the hours when the sun too aggressive. Still, there are some skin diseases such as psoriasis, vitiligo or eczema that can be treated through solar therapy. In order to make it function as a therapy, the sunbath should be taken in the morning before 9 am, and in the evening after 6 pm.

    Don't forget to use sun protection. Mental state is also directly affected by the quality and intensity of solar light, yet light doesn't necessarily means sun exposure. Many specialists recommend this type of natural treatment in cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder and other mental disorders such as depression.

  • Sun exposure is the best Vitamin D source

  • It is said that sun exposure is one of the most important source of vitamin D. In this case opinions are different. Therefore, dermatologists say that sun exposure is synonym to a high risk of skin cancer, and that Vitamin D can be obtained through a healthy diet and Vitamin D supplements.

    Vitamin D maintains normal blood levels of phosphorus, contributes to the absorption of calcium, and keeps a healthy immune system. The lack of Vitamin D causes rickets in children, bone softening to adults, high blood pressure, arthritis and diabetes.

  • A SPF higher than 30 is useless

  • Over 30, protection factors don’t distinguish themselves too much. Therefore, a SPF 90 offers 99% protection, while a SPF 30 offers 95%. Even if at first sight the difference is not too big, in time the result can be seen.

    Besides the SPF ratings, it is also important to pay attention to the amount of sunscreen you apply, and follow the indications on the bottle. Moreover, you should also look for sunscreens that offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays as most sunscreens don't provide protection against UVA rays.

  • Dark skin can not get sunburn

  • It is said that dark skin doesn’t burn, therefore you don’t need sunscreen. The truth is that everyone, including dark skinned persons, can get sunburns. Sunburn is caused by excessive sun exposure, and it may lead to severe, irreversible skin problems and also to melanoma skin cancer.

    It is obvious that if you have an olive skin you don’t need a sunscreen with a sun protection factor as high as that for a fair skin, or a redhead one, but it is necessary to use one in order to protect your skin from noxious and harmful sun rays. A SPF 15-20 is recommended for a dark skin. You should also wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and lip balm for your lips.



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