Vitamine D is called the “sunshine vitamin”, keeps us healthy as it is obsorbed through our skins. If your body doesn’t get enough vitamin D, you’re at risk of developing bone abnormalities such as soft bones (osteomalacia) or fragile bones (osteoporosis).
BUT WAIT... too much of anything is not good for you! Moderation is key!
3 Tips to protect your skin this summer.
- Avoid peak hours. Stay indoors or seek shade between 10a.m and 4 pm, when the sun’s rays are most intense.
- Cover up. Wear protective clothing, long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses. The only item on the list that is easy to wear is the sunglasses. None of the others are a natural choice when we are spending time outside.
- Use sunscreen. Apply SPF 30 or higher broad-spectrum sunscreen to your body 30 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
The earlier skin cancer is found, the better the outcome. Examine your skin monthly. Check moles and freckles to find the ugly duckling. (The mole or freckle that doesn’t look like the others.)
Use the ABCDE warning signs as a Guide, and discuss concerns with your doctor.