The immediate danger of too much sun is a sunburn. If you looked at sunburned skin under a strong microscope, you would see that the cells and blood vessels have been damaged. With repeated sun damage, the skin starts to look dry, wrinkled, discolored, and takes on the appearance of leather. Although the skin appears to be thicker, it actually has been weakened and as a result it will bruise and hyper-pigment more easily.

However, the sun’s most serious threat is that it is the major cause of skin cancer, which is now the most common of all cancers. Providers believe that most skin cancers can be avoided by preventing sun damage with the use of sunscreen and other protection such as a wide brimmed hat.

The Importance of the Sun

Although we want to protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun; there is a benefit to the sun. Have you ever noticed in the middle of the winter you feel blue and tired? This can be related to Vitamin D deficiency. This deficiency can be responsible for dampening your mood, decreasing your bone health and making you feel tired. It is important to be exposed to the sun for up to 15 minutes to get the right amount of Vitamin D while remaining protected with SPF and a hat.

How to Monopolize on your Sun Exposure

Now is the time to pick out a beautiful wide brimmed hat to accessorize your new swim suit. Chose a tightly woven, wide brimmed hat for maximum protection. It would be a shame to waste all the efforts you have put into your skin health throughout the winter for just two months of unprotected summer fun.

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