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24th March 2017

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 osteoporosis34. 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.

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