Sunshine can deliver a generous dose of Vitamin D, supporting bone health by promoting calcium absorption. It can also help boost our immune system, with inadequate levels linked to an increased rate of infection, cancer, and mortality rate after surgery.
Research also shows that the sun may play a role in regulating hormones and sleep patterns. It affects the melatonin circadian rhythm, which in turn, helps to induce sleep, if we let it. And - with good sleep comes the ability to manage our reaction to stress. Nature is very clever at chain reactions that deliver the nourishment we need.
There is also evidence that the lift in mood that takes place is a result of a biochemical shift; the ultraviolet light actually releases endorphins as well as serotonin.
So, this weekend, get out and enjoy a shot of good health. But do so safely.
Many of us aren’t aware of the fact that our skin actually produces less melatonin as we age, which means we are more prone to burning and skin damage from sun exposure.
If you’re still wary of a daily SPF, with memories of gloopy, chalky solutions that clock pores and create masks, look to the brands shaking up the category.
Justine Masters, founder of Justine Masters Skincare, and a favourite guest in our Meno-Well Programme, recommends Evy technology, Helio Care, and Super Goop. If you try them, let us know what you think!
With love, Rebekah & The MPowder Team.
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