Beauty Myths & Musings

Friday, November 22, 2013

Lydia Hearst

Photo by Magnus Reed

Sun exposure… You need some! Yes, it is important to be sure to “protect the skin you’re in,” but you must understand that the sun is not your enemy. Being over zealous with your lotions and sunscreen is not exactly healthy. Because people are so fearful of UV rays and sun exposure, there is a horrible epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is different from other essential vitamins because our own bodies can manufacture it with sunlight exposure.

Supplements and milk are fine, but the natural way to get it is from the sun. If you are overprotective of sun exposure, coating yourself with lotions and sunscreen and cover-ups, you can be doing yourself  more harm than good.  Your skin is your largest organ. Let the sun shine on it occasionally; it’s good for you!

Everything in moderation! I hate to advise you to go out into the sun,  but a little bit of sunshine is important and healthy for you.  I am not suggesting you to lie out for an hour in the blazing sun — let’s be honest no one wants to look like a saddlebag. We all know the difference between frying ourselves and just feeling the warmth of the sun on our skin.

Lydia Hearst

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