Beauty Notes: Hello Sunshine

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Dark spots, premature aging, and wrinkles- oh my!! Summer is quickly approaching which means long days spent in the sunshine. Today we shudder at our mother’s stories of applying baby oil to their skin before tanning. Today we are much more aware of the drastic side effects of too many hours in the sun. But is it possible that we have become too cautious about that shining sphere in the sky? So we ask, how much sun is too much sun? Well listen up ladies because here’s the scoop…

The good stuff:

One of the biggest benefits of sunshine is that it provides your body with Vitamin D. This helps your body protect itself against internal cancers, as well as various neurological, cardiovascular, immune and bone diseases, osteoporosis, depression, breast cancer, an even affects diabetes and obesity (just to name a few). What’s that you say? Sunshine can help prevent cancer? That’s right kids!
The not so good stuff:

It’s a well known fact the too much sun exposure can cause skin damage such as benign tumors, wrinkles, freckles and skin discoloration. But a scarier threat is the big C. UV radiation from the sun is the number one cause of skin cancer today. Also caused by over exposure to the sun are Pre-cancerous skin lesions which are less threatening, but must be surgically removed by a doctor. I am speaking from experience. I have two scars on my back and I only have my failure to properly apply sunscreen to blame.

But what does this all mean??

The sun both causes cancer and prevents it?? Then what do I do? I think the lesson to take away here is that the sun is a wonderful thing. It’s beneficial to our health and if enjoyed responsibly it’s nothing to be afraid of. So here are a few tips…

  • Hats and sunglasses aren’t just accessories. They can provide protection to both your face and eyes. So bring them along on your adventures in the sun.
  • SPF 30 is most recommended. Try a spray-on brand. They only take a moment to apply.
  • If possible avoid direct sunlight between the hours of noon and 3pm because this is when the sun is at its strongest.

XO Lauren

Sources: http://www.oasisadvancedwellness.com/ http://www.webmd.com
Photo: weheartit
Categories: Beauty Note, Primp
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  • Genesis Taranto

    Thanks for the advice LC! We have to enjoy the sun but under protection.

    I love it reading your advice… ;)

    XOXO!

  • Jennifer Houlahan

    such an important PSA. I get a skin check every year to make sure my skin is healthy and my moles are A-OK. Thanks for sharing! :)

    http://fitnesshealthandfood.com/

  • Karolina Cz

    I hate sunscreens ! they leave a white cast, are greasy no matter what, and clogs the pores… no good with or without it.. :/ Thank you

  • Patty

    why did you end our friendship ?

  • Mademoiselle Futile

    I love sun but in my city the weather is not sunny :( and I did have vitamin D carences last year.

    I love tan skin but like a glowy skin not the donatella versace one :/

  • Lauren Cornelus

    I’m in LOVE with thebeautydepartment.com, LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

    Couldn’t be happier with you, Kristen and Amy for making the website!

    Thank you very much!

  • Emily Paulhus

    Aveeno makes a really nice oil-free, non-greasy sunblock that I get in spf 55. it’s awesome! it’s called “”continuous protection sunblock lotion””

  • Emmy Rho

    I am a big lover of the sun but also keep in mind the dangers. This is a great post!

    -Emmy

    http://www.sprinklesoneverything.wordpress.com

  • Ictrlpntlnpln

    I think it is also good to point out that a lot of sunscreens are loaded with harsh chemicals and are not only bad for your skin but also the environment. Choose a sunscreen with all-natural ingredients that doesn’t pollute the beaches and water when you use it.

  • josie koch

    I actually take a vitamin D pill, so I don’t have to go outside without sunscreen.

  • Jennifer

    The not so good stuff. Freckles?? Well, I guess I’m screwed! Actually.. That’s kind of upsetting to me! I used to love my freckles till I read that Lauren Conrad (which is (was) kind of my style icon) thinks they’re “not so good”.

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