With as little sun exposure as we all get these days, and as much exposure to computer screens and fluorescent lights, it’s a wonder we don’t glow in the dark! Concerns about aging and skin cancer have led many of us to cover up when outdoors, hiding behind hats and sunglasses, and slathered in sunscreen. Yet there is substantial evidence suggesting that moderate sun exposure is beneficial.
Benefits of Moderate Sun Exposure:
- Exposing bare skin to direct sunlight for 20 minutes daily boosts Vitamin D production, leading to stronger teeth and bones
- Sunlight naturally boosts the production of feel-good neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine
- Sun exposure can help clear blemished skin
- Being outdoors on a sunny day gets us off the couch and physically active
The Truth About Sunscreens
Sunscreens have been aggressively marketed as protective against sunburn and skin cancer. However while there is evidence that sunscreen can prevent or reduce the severity of sunburn, there is no empirical evidence that commercial sunscreens protect against basal cell carcinoma or melanoma. In fact, there is mounting evidence that the toxic ingredients in most sunscreens can actually be harmful to your health.
A Bright Note in Sunburn Protection
When you think of Vitamin C, you may envision oranges, lemons and limes, brightly colored fruits grown in hot sunny climates and known to be high in ascorbic acid. Scientists now know that super-antioxidant Vitamin C can provide protection for your skin when exposed to the sun, provided you have ample amounts available to be effective. You can get Vitamin C from a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.
Foods Rich in Vitamin C:
- Red Peppers
- Brussels Sprouts
Sadly, while all of these foods sound delicious and nutritious, chances are you do not eat them in large enough quantities to protect your skin from sunburn and damage from free radicals.
Oral supplements may help, especially in the chewable form so they are already partially broken down when they enter your digestive tract. However, oral supplements do not always break down completely, and sometimes travel right through your system without being absorbed.
Benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a super antioxidant that is vital to good health. Its many benefits include:
- Promotes healthy skin cells
- Boosts your immune system
- Prevents scurvy
- Fights cancer
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improves circulation
- Cures cataracts
- Elevates your mood
- Helps to heal wounds
- Cures Type II diabetes
- Reduces risk of heart disease
- Protects against sun damage
IV Therapy for Optimal Vitamin C
One of the best ways to ensure you have ample Vitamin C available is by getting regular Vitamin C therapy via intravenous (IV) injection. Whether taken by itself or as part of a micronutrient cocktail, Vitamin C IV Therapy quickly gets Vitamin C into your circulatory system, bypassing your digestive tract where nutrients are often not absorbed. To provide optimal protection for your skin, make your appointment for Vitamin C IV therapy at Advanced Cryo NYC, before you venture out to play in the hot summer sun.