The ancient healing practice of sunbathing (quite different to sunbaking!) has been used to improve wellbeing, maintain high states of health and to fight common illnesses by boosting immunity. Primitive tribes recognised the power of the sun and its life giving properties.
Some benefits of sunbathing:
- It’s antiseptic and antibacterial.
- It helps to support the immune system by increasing the amount of white blood cells.
- It induces sweating enabling the body to release toxins.
- It supports the circulation system, activates the production of red blood cells and enhances the body’s capacity to deliver oxygen to the tissues.
- It contributes to the production of endorphins helping us to feel happier.
- One of the biggest benefits is the Vitamin D we can produce, manufactured from cholesterol in the skin, from being in the sun. Research shows that blood levels of Vitamin D last two to three times longer if it’s imbibed from the sun.
However, ultra violet rays (or UV) are the harmful “ingredient” in sunlight, which can also lead to problems such as skin cancer. In Australia, where UV levels can be very high, it’s essential to wear a high factor (at least 30+) sun cream when you are in the sun.
If you are sunbathing, start slowly, 5-10 minutes is enough on the first day. You can gradually increase your exposure but you should not stay in full sunshine for more than 20-30 minutes.
Looking after your skin:
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Gradually expose your skin to the sun in short bursts, morning sun is best.
- Avoid overexposure to the sun.
- Always wear a sun cream and moisturise after exposure.
- Include plenty of antioxidant rich foods in your diet.
- Practice the art of dry skin brushing.