We at Cinta Manis love spending time outdoors, especially at the beach. That’s why we were overjoyed to learn that scientists are telling us to get our daily dose of sunshine for health, wellness and beauty reasons.
When the sun’s UV-B rays meet your skin, a reaction takes place that allows your skin cells to produce Vitamin D, an essential nutrient. Vitamin D helps protect and fight against a whole list of diseases. Of course we’re not talking about lying in the sun for hours until your skin is burnt to a crisp – you have to take care of your skin as it will protect you for your whole life.
How much is too much?
We’re talking about just enough to get a lovely pink glow on your cheeks, making you see la vie en rose. It is very difficult to determine an exact amount of sun exposure time needed for different people as there are many factors at play. People living closer to the equator will need less sun time, whereas people living in areas where the sun’s UV-B rays are not strong will require longer periods of time. With age, our skin also deteriorates and it can become dangerous for an older person to spend too much time in the sun without sunscreen.
Depending on the shade of your skin, you can start producing the healthy vitamins in about half the time it takes for your skin to burn. People with very fair skin and light hair usually only need around 15 minutes in the sun, whereas darker-skinned people might need an hour or two.
The truth about skin cancer is very real and scary, but it doesn’t mean we have to seek shade all year long. In fact, moderate sun exposure is absolutely essential to our health and wellbeing. It all boils down to personal needs and experience so each person can tailor-make their sun schedule to suit them.
Vitamin D strengthens our bones, teeth and muscles, so it’s important for children as well as adults to get into the sun. You can also prevent cancer of the colon, breasts and prostate, as well as osteoporosis and heart disease. People with low Vitamin D intake have double the chance of dying from heart disease that people with high Vitamin D intake have.
Exposure to sunlight can also help to regulate our immune system and protect our skin from acne, eczema and other diseases. We all know and love the feeling of having clear, smooth skin after a day at the beach.
Not only does ultraviolet exposure improve our physical our health, but it also plays an important role in our mental wellbeing. Think about it – don’t you feel great every time you wake up and the sun is shining? Don’t you get a boost when you’re at the beach or by the pool on a sunny day? Being in the sun can have a profound impact on our mood, and more importantly, our psychological state.
Vitamin D production in our bodies helps us battle depression and insomnia. Both these diseases can have very serious consequences, so we need to make sure we’re doing everything we can to keep them at bay.
If sunshine makes you smile, make sure you get your daily dose, and if you’re feeling down or depressed, try taking a walk outside in the sun. Your mood will lift, you will feel better and your body will thank you.
Where to get it?
Although Vitamin D does appear in small amounts in food, such as fatty fish, red meat and eggs, but it is nearly impossible to maintain healthy Vitamin D levels with food intake alone. That is why sunshine is our best option.
We at Cinta Manis never need a reason to travel, as we consider it the ultimate soul cleanse, but we’re happy to encourage everyone to chase the sun! If you find yourself depressed in winter, book the next flight out to a sunny place and go absorb your essential vitamin dose.
They say nature is the cure for everything, and it’s true – the sun brings life to plants, the ocean and animals. We humans will not survive without the sun either.
Inner health creates outer beauty, and mental health and confidence helps us to embrace the body we’re in.
Take care of your body and it will take care of you.
-With Sweet Love