It’s that time of year… the days are getting shorter and it’s getting dark sooner. Although its presence is diminishing, that big yellow fireball in the sky provides plenty of benefits:
- Regular sun exposure can ease depression and lethargy — when sunlight becomes sparse, some doctors recommend light therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Sunlight kills infections in your body and on your skin
- Vitamin D provided by sunlight helps build strong bones.
But be sure you take precautions:
- Ultraviolet rays are most intense between 10 AM and 3 PM — experts advise against prolonged exposure during this time
- Excessive sunlight can lead to sunburn and increased risk of skin cancers; lather up with sunblock, sunscreen, and a layer of common sense
- Avoid tanning beds — one analysis found skin cancer risk increased by 75% for those who began using tanning beds before age 30.