Sun . . . is it as bad as we have been taught to believe?

truckdriversundamageLet this photo answer that question . . . BUT there is a yes AND no here! We stumbled upon this image in an online article originally published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  This photo was labeled as a truck driver with dermatoheliosis . . . photoaging or sun-induced aging.   The article states that the dermatologists believe that because his skin was exposed to the sun on just one side (the amount of time driving and exposing the left side of the face), is the reason for the total breakdown of dermal tissue.

Yes, we do need to protect ourselves from the damaging rays of the sun, BUT we are also dealing with vitamin D deficiency as a whole.  We subscribe to so many newsletters and at least once a week we are seeing articles mentioning this deficiency, some calling it a pandemic.  I have included two links below on the importance of vitamin D and I advise a thorough reading when you have time (this is really important, do it for your health!) . . .

I personally have spent about 40 years in the desert of southern California, the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs area) and I have baked my skin more than any other human being I have ever met.  I was also born next to the Sahara desert and was born loving the sun. That being said, I should look WORSE than this photo with all the time I have spent in the sun!  I have baked, burned, blistered, peeled and repeated this madness time and time again.  I am praying that there isn’t something lurking deep down in my dermal tissue from all those “stupid” years.  The reason I mention this is quite simply . . . I always feel good and am extremely happy after spending time in the sun!  It’s almost the same feeling I get when I leave the gym but a more relaxed state of joy.  It’s a common response from everyone with some kind of exposure to the sun.  We NEED the sun.

Here’s the bottom line . . . skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among many other authorities . . . over one million cases are reported every year.  Broad spectrum sunscreen has a place in our world, it must.  We do believe in obtaining vitamin D from sun exposure and you will receive it from simply being outside . . . your head (scalp/ears/eyes … BTW you can get melanoma behind your eyes . . . wear your sunglasses!), arms, legs . . . any part of our body exposed or simply wearing sheer clothing will allow the UV rays to get to us.  The absolute minimum, and call it for “vanities sake”, should be to make sure your face and neck are protected.  That is THE best anti-aging advice we can give.

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