Posted on May 25 2017
Here Comes The Sun
We all know that sun exposure can be harmful. That's why I grew up slathered in sunscreen. But did you know that not getting enough of vitamin D from our sweet Sun can also negatively impact your health? Well, it can.
Seems that our intake of sunshine should be right in that Goldilocks sweet spot. Not too much, not too little. It needs to be just right. Why you ask? A little something called Vitamin D deficiency. If you're prone to sunburns like me, you may have learned to avoid the sunshine and settle for shade. A habit which has caused my Vitamin D levels to drop below optimal standards. And boy does Vitamin D do the body good! It bolsters the immune system, builds bones, calms inflammation, stabilizes moods, regulates anxiety, impulse control, decision making, and memory—just to name a few integral benefits for our bodies.
With the summer heat creeping in early, it's time to write yourself a prescription for sun— get off your computer, stop streaming Netflix, go outside sans sunscreen and let that Vitamin D in (15- 30 minutes of sun exposure 2 to 4 times a week recommended*)! But remember to treat sunshine like medicine, you don't want to take too much. Check out our tips for getting your daily dose of Vitamin D without the sunburn.
This ones obvious, but it had to be said. We always slather a facial SPF on before starting our day. Bring some extra to reapply if your heading to the beach or a holiday BBQ and plan on basking in sunbeams. But remember to let your other limbs soak up the sunshine sans sun protection (for short spurts) in order to maintain healthy levels of Vitamin D.
This little addition goes a long way! After that initial 15- 30 minutes of sun exposure, throw a summer scarf over bare shoulders to filter the suns rays. Next time your at the river with the sun beating on your back, this will be your anti-sunburn savior.
Light linens or gauzy cottons that cover limbs are solid styles to beat the heat and avoid overexposure to the suns harsh rays. But make sure to roll up those sleeves from time to time to get the vital benefits of Vitamin D.
The best way to beat the heat and keep your legs covered is linen. The natural, breathable fabric is our summer mainstay. Balance out your skin coverage with a tank and light jacket to get the minimal sun exposure that's essential for healthy body maintenance.
Long Linen Dress
This is our go to heat wave instant outfit. Maxi dresses in breathable fabrics cover and protect the majority of your skin from the sun, but let a sliver of leg or a touch of bare arms bask in the sun beams for a taste of Vitamin D.
Keep a chic straw hat on stand by this summer for instant outfit elevation and extra sunshine protection. When it comes to getting that Vitamin D, keep your face sheltered from the sun and let your lower limbs take the heat.
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