It is well established that over exposure to the sun’s rays can cause damage to the skin’s cellular DNA and produce genetic mutations which contribute to melanoma – a deadly type of skin cancer. The World Health Organisation has identified UV rays as a proven human carcinogen.
However, under exposure to sun, and therefore vitamin D, can also wreak havoc in the body. Vitamin D deficiency is extremely common in the U.K. and contributes to osteoporosis, autoimmunity, recurrent infections, low mood, hormone imbalances, high cholesterol and more.
With this in mind, it is important to take a balanced approach to sun exposure. Not too little, not too much. If you are going to be spending prolonged amounts of time in the sun, remember to cover up: utilise shade and wear a hat, scarf and long sleeves.
We recommend avoiding harsh chemical based sunscreens and instead opting for a natural barrier protective sunscreen such as one made with zinc oxide.