Dr. Anna Muscoso
The sun has always been revered in all ancient mythologies as a symbol of life. Not by chance if it went out on our planet life would die out in a very short time.
It has multiple physical and mental advantages for humans. The sun exposure is essential for the health of our bones. Its rays activate the biosynthesis process of Vitamin D of the skin, helps the absorption of calcium and allows it to be fixed on the bones, with a very important anti-rickets effect in children, and with an effect on osteoporosis starting adolescence.
Unrestrained sun exposure has a germicidal action that stimulates the immune system, thus improving some skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema and atopic dermatitis.
The sun is also beneficial for our mood, its rays stimulate the production of endorphins which they are the hormones of euphoria, thus functioning as a natural antidepressant. The sun also acts on another wellness hormone, serotonin useful for physical reinvigoration and mental. It is no coincidence that in the Nordic countries where winter is very long and you live many hours in the dark with only 3 or 4 hours of light a day, mood disorders are much more common.
Last and not least in order of importance, we tan! A tanned skin turns out visually healthier and more secure!
The sun, however, can be a double-edged sword if you are not careful to expose yourself with moderation, protecting the skin with sunscreen from the protective factor suitable for one’s own type of complexion, avoiding if possible the hottest hours of the day.