Stay out of the sun as much as possible to avoid dry skin. At Botáni, we live holistically and know we need to care for the mind, body and spirit to have healthy skin. There is an issue, however, when we mention ‘the body’ because something it needs to function on a daily basis is something that the skin dreads more than anything, the sun.
Good And Bad Of The Sun
The sun, for so many reasons, is a skin cell’s worst nightmare. Exposure to the sun creates temporary things we mightn’t like dry skin and sunburn etc., mid-term stuff we don’t want such as wrinkles and pigmentation etc., and long-term things nobody would wish on anyone, life-threatening cancers of the skin.
If the sun is such a nightmare for the skin, how can it possibly be good for our bodies and in turn, our skin? We should be shrouding ourselves in fabric to avoid its harmful UV rays every day! Wrong.
How The Sun Is Healthy
The sun provides us with Vitamin D, an essential nutrient that allows us to absorb calcium better and create strong, healthy bones. The best form of Vitamin D, namely Vitamin D3, is one we produce internally, aren’t our bodies smart? However, the way that our bodies produce it is for our skin to come into contact with UV light, hmm, not so talented after all.
Something has to hold that skin of ours up, so we need to ensure those bones are in tip-top shape. However, how do we satisfy both our bones and our skin’s needs?
As with our approach to life at Botáni, the relationship between our skin and the sun needs to be a balanced one. You can have your cake and eat it too by merely ensuring you enjoy the sun wisely.
Allow your skin exposure to the sun when you know the UV index levels are low. It will still present enough to deliver Vitamin D into those bones of yours. Ensure you cover up when you see the index levels are high. Covering up at Botáni means slapping on some safe sunscreen and our antioxidant-rich Olive Skin Serum.