… Here comes the sun And I say it’s all right

Spring Break is here in Texas and in less than a week the area parks will be filled with the joyful sound of children’s laughter and many museums here in Dallas will have long lines of families excited to few the latest venues.  It’s not warm enough yet for the pools to be open, but there will many enjoying the sun.  We all need that Vitamin D the sun offers us.  Right?

Vitamin D, also known as the Sunshine Vitamin produces Vitamin D naturally through direct exposure to sunlight. And as we know a little can go a long way- just 10 minutes a day of mid-day sun exposure is plenty, especially if you’re fair-skinned. Be sensible.  Sun exposure on bare skin for 5-10 minutes 2-3 times per week allows the body the ability to produce sufficient Vitamin D.

I thought it was interesting to learn that sunlight lowers cholesterol and lowers blood pressure.   Even a single exposure significantly lowers blood pressure in individuals with high blood pressure. Sunlight also penetrates deep into the skin to cleanse our blood and blood vessels.  Sunlight increases oxygen content in human blood. And, it also enhances the body’s capacity to deliver oxygen to the tissues; very similar to the effects of exercise. The sun has a great effect on stamina, fitness and muscular development. And!  Sunlight can cure depression.  Sunlight deprivation can cause a condition called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression. It is more common in winter months, but also common in people who work long hours in office buildings. Now remember – exposure to the sun should be done very slowly.  If you are not used to being in the sun, then your skin will be more sensitive to it. Avoid sunburn by building up your tolerance.

I love the ‘glow’ that goes with the spring and summer months.  In fact, as you know I want to ‘glow’ a little year round.  But I am careful, because I know that too much sun can cause problems, too and for all of us at Wrinkle Me Not… that’s the worst side affect – wrinkles! You can help prevent them, if you stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

So go easy in the sun… but enjoy it.  Spring Break offers a host of opportunities to feel the warmth of those rays.  What sun I don’t get naturally I can get through many wonderful products available through salons and spas and my favorite beauty counter.  We are looking forward to spring break, some fun, and laughter and I hope when yours arrives you are glowing by the end of it.

Joy is the best makeup – Anne LaMott

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