More than that pleasant sensation of heat on our skin, exposure to sunlight is essential to keeping us healthy, as long as it is in sufficient quantity and time. One of the benefits that this habit brings to our body is the formation of vitamin D, which is necessary for the constructive metabolism of calcium and phosphorous in the bones.
The sun’s rays also help regulate the immune system, which hinders its formation and fights some skin diseases, and also stimulates the production of melanin, which is responsible for giving the skin color and color.
In addition, when exposure occurs at appropriate levels, “it stimulates the production of endorphins, a substance that has an antidepressant effect, which brings a feeling of well-being and also contributes to the circadian cycle, which is responsible for regulating sleep,” explains a dermatologist at Unimed Campo Grande, Dr. Gabriely Lessa Sacht.
The dermatologist also highlights that with regard to vitamin D, the best time for exposure is between 10 am and 2 pm. “This is the best time to absorb vitamin D, however, it is also the most dangerous, because it is the period of greatest incidence of UV rays. Therefore, the correct way to do this exposure so that it does not lead to skin cancer, wrinkles and blemishes is 10 to 15 exposures. one minute “.
She also explains that it is not necessary to expose the whole body and without sunscreen. He points out that “exposing the arms or legs, 2-3 times a week, is sufficient to maintain adequate levels of vitamin D, as long as the individual does not have a deficiency of this vitamin in the body.”
For those who work at home or indoors, it is also essential to find some time to enjoy the benefits of the sun. “For those who work indoors, it is possible to use lunchtime, pick a window or balcony, and also expose themselves for 10 to 15 minutes,” the dermatologist highlights.
Finally, the professional advises that you should always protect the face with the appropriate sunscreen for each skin type. “Because it is a very sensitive area and because it is constantly exposed, as well as the back of the hands, neck and cleavage, it is always best to use sunscreen.”
Source: Ascom Unimed CG