The Sun. These days, it seems like we can’t live with it and we can’t live without it! Obviously, life on earth would not exist without the sun. We need the sun to live. The sun also provides humans with many benefits – besides life itself. The sun provides our bodies with the ability to produce Vitamin D – which is necessary to stay healthy. Bright and sunny days also tend to put most people in a good mood. The ability to enjoy the outdoors on a warm day is great for your health!
The sun has many benefits. But the sun is also known to have damaging effects on the human body. Nonetheless, it’s not necessary to completely avoid being in the sun. However, it’s important to understand that the sun can have a negative impact on your health if you don’t take precautions.
Following are 5 negative effects the sun can have on your health:
- Sun Burn: Anyone who exposes their skin to direct sunlight runs the risk of a sunburn. Uncomfortable and potentially dangerous sunburns can be avoided with diligent use of sunscreen. In order to avoid sunburns, make sure to avoid overexposure to the sun, avoid being in direct sunlight during the sunniest hours of the day, and always re-apply sunscreen often.
- Skin Cancer: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight is one of the most important contributing factors to the development of skin cancer. Everyone is susceptible to developing skin cancer – no matter their skin tone. However, people with very light skin are at the highest risk. The chances of developing skin cancer are increased if you have a family history of skin cancer, if you live in a very sunny climate, and if you’ve had multiple severe sunburns during your lifetime.
- Speeds up the aging process: prolonged exposure to the sun is known to cause the skin to age faster. The result is an increase in wrinkles and fine lines on the face.
- Heatstroke: During the summer or when the temperatures are very high – and the sun is shining brightly – it’s not uncommon for some individuals to suffer from heatstroke or heat exhaustion. If you are in the direct sun and you develop a severe headache or feel like you might faint, it’s important to get to a cool area and drink lots of water.
- Eyes: The sun can damage your eyes as easily as it can damage your skin. It’s important that you protect your eyes by wearing protective eyewear (such as sunglasses with UV protection). Protective eyewear will reduce your risk of burning your cornea, developing cataracts, suffering from macular degeneration, and developing other serious eye conditions.
Remember, it’s entirely possible to greatly reduce the potential negative effects that the sun can have on your health by simply following preventative protocol. Everyone needs the sun to survive, and you don’t have to completely avoid your exposure to it – as long as you are smart about it.