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Sunbathing: What you need to know before stepping in the sun

Updated: Apr 29, 2022

UV Rays are not all bad. It has been getting a lot of bad PR, and some shun the sun completely. The truth is, a healthy dose of sunshine is good for everyone, especially newborns & kids. At the right amounts, of course. If you're out in the sun beyond 15-20 minutes, wear sunscreen.

The sun is a great source of Vitamin D, which we can't enough from food alone. Vitamin D is essential for bone development & to strengthen our immune system. This is why newborns & young kids are encouraged to have some sun.

Researchers at Brigham Young University found that the availability of sunshine has more impact on mood that rain, temperature, or other environmental factors. Getting some sun means getting more Seratonin, that uplifts mood & overall well-being. No wonder people who are happy and energentic are described as having a "sunny disposition".

The sun's UV rays also activate your body to release nitric oxide to your blood, which helps lower blood pressure & improve heart health

Basking in the sun helps your body produce melatonin, which helps lull you to a restful sleep at night.

Go ahead. Let your arms and legs bask in the good sun. If you cannot go outdoor, you can still soak it from a balcony or a window. Take care not to fall!

Got sunburned? Does skin feel hot or sore? Dab ByeSpots (ScarRescue) several times daily to help with rapid relief. Learn more about First Aid for Burns and Sunburns here.

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