Good things about the sun
The sun, of course, is vital to life on Earth – it provides warmth and light, and enables the life cycles of nature that provide us with food1. But from your body’s point of view, what else is good about being in the sun?
It helps us feel better
Being in sunlight lifts our mood and makes us feel good – and that’s down to our body producing a hormone called serotonin, which increases when the body detects sunlight2.
It helps us sleep better
Another hormone – melatonin – controls our sleep patterns, and when our body detects sunlight it reduces its production until the sun goes down. In other words, the sun helps regulate our sleep2.
Vitamin D and SPF 50+ sunscreens
While the sun can cause serious skin damage, it also helps the body produce vitamin D for the development and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones. People may worry that SunSense sunscreens will interfere with vitamin D production. Studies in high-risk groups have found that sunscreen use does not cause vitamin D deficiency or increase the risk of osteoporosis3 4.Normal vitamin D levels can be maintained from diet and supplements5. If you are concerned about your vitamin D level you should consult your doctor to get tested. Based on the test result, your doctor may recommend vitamin D supplements.
Stay Sun Sensible
Help prevent your skin getting damaged by following these simple precautions:
Cover up Wear a sunhat, sunglasses and T-shirt when you’re outside.
Stay shady While you’re outside, stay in the shade as much as you can. Watch out for reflections from surfaces such as snow, water or sand, which can also cause sunburn. Even concrete or grass can reflect the sun and increase your risk of burning.
Drink lots Make sure you don’t get dehydrated, especially on warm days, by drinking lots of water – if you’re being active, this is particularly important.
Cream up Cover ALL your exposed skin with high factor sun cream (at least SPF 15), to protect your skin and stop it burning6 – and remember to reapply every 2 hours, or sooner if you go swimming. There’s no such thing as a waterproof or all-day suncream! SPF 50+ will offer you the best protection against UV rays. You’ll also find tips on how to properly apply sunscreen
Guide to staying safe in the sun
The Sun and its effects video
How to avoid sun-damaged skin