Although the earth’s atmosphere is able to shield us from most of the sun’s UV rays, the percentage that passes through the ozone layer can still bring effects to the skin and body. Not everything it brings forth though is bad. The UV rays of the sun also bring a lot of positive effects to the body. If you’re wondering just what the good and bad effects of the UV rays are then you have come to the right place. Here are some of the most important facts about the UV radiation from the sun.
Beneficial effects when getting the right amount of UV rays
- Essential vitamin D. Although the sun does not give the body vitamin D, its UV rays triggers the body to produce vitamin D. This vitamin is essential because of its strengthening effects to the bones, muscles, and even the body’s immune system. Aside from these, having enough vitamin D in the body also helps to prevent certain diseases such as cancers.
- Helps resolve skin conditions. Some skin conditions need the sun’s UV rays for positive treatment. Such is the case for psoriasis where UV light helps to slow down the growth of skin cells. This in effect relieves the symptoms of psoriasis.
- Keeping your mood happy. Healthy exposure to the sun is said to help the brain create chemicals tryptamines which helps improve one’s mood. Getting enough and a healthy dose of sunlight each day will help you become more happy and healthy.
Harmful effect of over exposure to the UV rays of the sun
- Aging skin. The sun and its UV rays are one of the major reasons for skin aging. Wrinkles, sun spots, liver spots and various skin lines are often brought about by the sun. It helps to moisturize the skin aside from using sunscreen. One of the best moisturizers you can use is argan oil. Argan oil is an all natural product that has high contents of vitamins and minerals that help keep the moisture of the skin intact. Using a few drops of this oil on your skin before sleeping of before leaving the house will help your skin immensely.
- Sunburn is bad for skin. This is not only painful but also brings long term damage to skin. Over-exposing your skin to the sun especially during the hours of 10am-4pm will bring redness to skin. This redness could even bring about papules and eventually skin peeling.
- UV rays damages the eyes. Wearing UV protected sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the UV rays of the sun. If the eyes are not protected, aye problems such as “snow blindness” maybe experienced. There are a lot of other eye complications that could surface because of UV rays affecting the eyes.
It always pays to be careful and protective about your body when being exposed to UV rays of the sun. Because although there are a lot of good effects, there are also a lot of negative effects so keep your guard up.