Sunshine and Summer by Anni Dahms

We have just started the first large summer month, where many people go on vacation to enjoy the sun and the ocean.

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The sun can both give live and it can kill. However, one thing is certain, without the sun there wouldn’t be any life. We have just started the first large summer month, where many people go on vacation to enjoy the sun and the ocean.

I’m currently sitting in my office looking into an intense blue sky. I’m probably admiring it a bit more than I usually do, as I’ve just read an article about the many areas of our Earth where we, for different reasons, never see a real blue sky anymore.

There might be more reasons why we should enjoy the summer and the heath.

Global warming is a topic discussed everywhere, and what could be the best way to prevent or mitigate it.

However, some brave scientists are arguing against global warming, and are instead warning against a coming mini ice age.

A new article from Dr. Sircus, posted on http://www.coldclimatechange.com, and called climate intelligence, is describing new data showing that many places are becoming colder.

The article is dated as late as the 1st of May and forward.

Multiple researchers from different countries have mentioned the possibility, that we might be heading into a colder era.

For instance, the meteorologist Paul Dorian warns that a significant drop in the sun’s activity is a sign that an ice age is coming. The sun hasn’t been as quiet as it is now, for at least 100 years. This view is shared by, among others, professor Valentina Zharkov from the University of Northumbria.

But we all know that it’s rarely easy to predict the future. Right now, the sun is shining from a blue sky, which is letting us know that we should prepare for the summer and be extra mindful of our bodies and skin.

There are different types of people who need to be extra careful with their skin during the summer period. People with red hair are often very pale, and have a hard time withstanding direct sunlight. The same goes for people who suffer from vitiligo. Those are the people we see with white spots on their skin, because they are missing brown skin cells on certain parts of the body.

I have a good friend with vitiligo, and we have just discussed how he can best get through the summer, whilst still being able to enjoy it.

 

Vitiligo
My friend has a job where he’s outside a lot. I suggested that he should have his vitamin-D levels examined, as a vitamin-D deficiency is very common among people who suffer from vitiligo.

There are two afflictions which always come to mind, every time I see a person with vitiligo. These are possible problems with the thyroid gland, or perhaps trouble with the kidneys. However, this is not always the case.

My friend thought that his vitiligo might be caused by extreme exposure to sunlight, when he was a teenager and got many nasty burns. The vitiligo itself is harmless, but the white spots on the skin are very sensitive and depending on how much of the skin they cover, they have to be very careful about how much direct sunlight gets on it. There are sunscreens, that can be of great help. Many people with this affliction are happy to use both sunscreens and quality body lotions with Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera has healing properties and increases the elasticity of the skin.

Sun Rays
I’m very jealous of all the wonderful people moving around in the summer months with gorgeous tans. It looks amazing.

It’s important to use high-quality sunscreens so you cause the least damage to your skin, as sunburns can be symptoms of skin damage.

It’s about preventing sun damage and taking care of your skin before and during exposure to the rays of the sun. This process should be both internal and external. It’s also important to take care of your skin if you wish to prevent lines and wrinkles from sunbathing.

Dietary supplements, which are good for the skin and prevents sunburns

  • I personally use Imedeen Tan Optimizer, which is a product that prepares the skin for the sun. The product contains antioxidants and different carotenoids. I’ve discovered, that when I take this supplement, I’m slightly less pale, than I usually am. There are other dietary supplements in trade, which can also prepare your skin for sun expose.
  • Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin-A, it’s good for the skin and amazing at aiding the body against the sharp rays of the sun. Beta-carotene can also be found in different vegetables and fruits, primarily in the colors: green, yellow, and red. Such as watermelon, carrots, red grapefruit, and broccoli.
  • Vitamin-C 1 – 2 grams daily.
  • Silicon is an important trace mineral, which strengthens the skin, the mucous membrane, as well as hair and nails.
  • The zinc/copper balance is important for our wellbeing.
  • Make sure you get sufficient essential fats, use unsaturated fats from, for instance flaxseed oil, either through your smoothies or salads.
  • Lycopene is a red dye, which belong to the carotenoid family.

If I really want to appear tan, then I cheat with a little bit of self-tanner. There are many high-quality self-tanners out there, which are easy to apply and gives the skin a natural color. If you decide to start using a self-tanner, then be sure to use a good scrub cream at least a couple of times a week.


Sunbathing
Vitamin-D is called the sunshine vitamin. When you are sunbathing, your skin will form D3 from the sunlight. Vitamin-D is necessary for calcium absorption and bone formation. Furthermore, it also strengthens the immune system and can help prevent cardiovascular problems and decrease your likeliness of developing cancer.

Be careful of using a sunscreen with too high of a factor, as it will reduce your natural production of vitamin-D by up to 90%.

You could for instance enjoy the sun for half an hour daily without any sunscreen between 11 – 15, where the UVB rays are the strongest. It is the UVB rays, which help the body form vitamin-D, and provides the brown effect. In the half an hour I would suggest that you move around and perhaps cover your crown, your nose, and ears, maybe even your shoulders and neck. The sun is strong here in Spain, so if your are light- or red haired like me, then make sure you don’t get burnt. You could alternatively sunbathe every other day without any sunscreen. If you sunbathe in the “outer” hours, then you will get more UVA rays, which can contribute to skin cancer.

The rest of the time where you want to stay in the sun, you should use a sunscreen with the factor that feels good for you personally. It’s very important that you use sunscreens of the highest quality and that they are as clean as possible.

When you are finished enjoying the day’s sun, you should make use of an after-sun cream, preferably with Aloe Vera. You could also use an after-sun with coconut oil. Coconut oil can also have a chilling effect.

Sun rash
If you have gotten a sun rash, then you should get a good cream with Aloe Vera to treat it. When it comes to dietary supplements, then it’s recommended to take tablets with beta-carotene, unsaturated oils with calcium, and magnesium.


Sunburn
If you’ve been unfortunate enough to get an ugly and painful sunburn, then I recommend the following tips:

  • If your case is very severe and you experience nausea or your skin is covered in painful and itchy blisters, then it might be necessary to seek professional medical attention.
  • However, what you could do yourself, is to take a cooling bath with lavender and chamomile oils, maybe even with calendula.
  • Take some extra vitamin-C.
  • If your burn is really awful, then you could add some vitamin-E, together with beta-carotene and increase the number of capsules you take with unsaturated oils, it could also be beneficial with some flaxseed oil.
  • After the cooling shower, you should apply a good after-sun with Aloe Vera.


The hair 

Your hair can easily become dry and bleached. It’s important that you consider good dietary supplements specially directed at your hair.

An important vitamin for the hair is biotin, which is also known as the beauty vitamin, as it has the properties to give you full-bodied hair, smooth skin, and strong nails.

If you don’t have sufficient biotin in the body, then you might experience dandruff and hair loss. To get enough biotin from your diet, then you need to eat plenty of soya beans, liver, nuts, and beer yeast, combined with vegetables, berries, and fruits. You will also benefit from dairy products such as cheese.

It’s also possible to buy shampoos and conditioners with biotin. However, you should obviously make sure that they are clean and of a high quality.

Selenium can also play a part in giving you a full-bodied hair with plenty of shine. The dose should be around 100 mcg daily. It’s a strong antioxidant, which many people are missing, since there are many areas where there isn’t sufficient selenium in the earth.

The eyes

The sharp sun can be very hard on your eyes. Make sure you use some quality sunglasses, and it’s a great idea to keep them on, even when you are sitting in the shade. The rays hitting the ocean, or the swimming pool can be heavily reflected. If you experience itchy and irritated eyes, then you should consider using soothing eyedrops, such as Coliter, which is made with chamomile flower and witch hazel flower, in sterile water.

If you use contact lenses, then take them out until the irritation has healed completely.

If you don’t experience a rapid improvement, then you should seek medical attention.

Have an amazing summer!

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