10 Scientific Reasons You Should Avoid The Sun
Last year, I took a trip to Los Angeles and followed it with a trip to Finland. In Los Angeles, I was struck by the amount of orange bodies that I was surrounded by, while in Finland I couldn’t believe how pale the locals were. It was clear that some people were getting too much sun exposure on one side of the planet, while others weren’t getting no where near enough.
In my experience, the sun is has its pros and con. It is rich in vitamin D and can help you sleep and boost your mood, but it’s also a giant fire ball that can cause a lot of damage.
Getting the right amount of sunlight is key. Just like you shouldn’t worship the sun like its a god, you also shouldn’t completely avoid it.
But if you’re worried that you’ve been getting a little bit too much sun exposure recently, or if you’ve got a sun-kissed holiday lined up and you want to know the potential dangers of spending too much time underneath the giant yellow ball, let’s take a look at 10 scientific reasons you should avoid the sun as much as possible.
The Sun Can Cause Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers on the planet, and it is currently the fifth most common cancer in the UK. This is no accident, but is entirely down to the amount of time folk who aren’t genetically prepared for so much exposure to UV rays are spending underneath the sun.
The connection between the sun and melanoma (skin cancer) have been studied extensively, and they’ve been proven. Although skin cancer is the easiest type of cancer to detect and cure, it’s still not a nasty disease to experience. Reduce your risk by spending less time away from the sun.
The Sun Can Cause Speed Up The Ageing Process
The people who say that we should live for today, for tomorrow we die clearly don’t mind accelerating the ageing process. They eat the wrong foods, develop nasty habits and spend too much time in the sun.
And the funny thing is is that they don’t tend to die sooner. Instead, they just look old before their time.
If you want to slow down the ageing process, you’ll need to spend less time in the sun. This is because our brightest star can cause wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin. The more time you spend in the sun, the older you’ll look.
The Sun Can Cause Rosacea
Rosacea is characterised by small and large patches of redness on your skin which is caused by enlarged and sometimes even burst capillaries. While the condition is not serious, it is very visible and can easily damage your self-confidence – especially if it occurs on your face.
Although the exact cause of rosacea has not been confirmed, it is widely held that sunlight is a major contributory factory. If you don’t to wake up with ugly patches of redness on your skin one morning, it might be a good idea to retreat to the shade.
The Sun Can Cause Heat Stroke
And heat stroke isn’t nice. If you haven’t experienced it yet, symptoms include headaches, feinting, disorientation, loss of appetite, nausea and even vomiting.
Is all that really worth a bit of a tan? Didn’t think so.
Because Sunburn Is Vicious
Sunburn is nasty, and it can catch anyone by surprise. I’ve had friends scream in pain from sunburn, and I’ve had friends tell me they can’t believe they got burnt because “I never burn!”
Just an hour underneath the sun can be enough to cause a nasty burn that throbs and itches for hours. Indeed, sunburn can be so intense that it can ruin your vacation.
As well as the agonising short term pain, sunburn can also cause skin cancer if you get burn regularly. To protect yourself, always wear sun screen before heading outdoors.
And avoid the sun when you can!
The Sun Can Cause Brittle Hair
Okay, so brittle hair isn’t life threatening, but neither is it pleasant to look at. Especially if it’s your own brittle hair that you’re staring at!
The sun dries your hair out super fast, and although you can remedy this with a lot of conditioning, it’s a heap of hassle.
The Sun Can Cause Cataracts
I remember my grandma having cataracts when I was a young girl. She explained to me that cataracts are just a natural part of getting old and that it’s one of those things.
From then on, I associated cataracts with old people. Until my friend developed them when she was just 30.
As it turns out, cataracts can be caused by too much exposure to the sun, and they are NOT simply a part of getting old.
Not only can the sun cause cataracts, but it can also quicken the development of ones you’ve already got. And if you don’t treat cataracts, you could potentially go blind.
The Sun Can Make Your Skin Look Ugly
Some of the more gruesome monsters in horror movies must have spent too much time under the sun, because it’s the sun that can cause your skin to to turn hard and rubbery.
This is because the sun damages your skin’s collagen content and in turn your skin loses its elasticity and bounce.
This is why you’ll notice people who work and live in hot climates, such as southern Italy, tend to have very tough, weathered skin.
The Sun Can Cause Age Spots
If you’ve got a cluster of brown pigmented skin, you’ve probably ignored it or blamed it on ageing. Or maybe someone told you that the condition is called liver spots and that it’s nothing to worry about.
Although these spots are nothing serious, they can be embarrassing if you suffer from a mass breakout. And if you spend too much time in the sun, a mass breakout is inevitable.
You Could Dehydrate
Dehydration is not a pleasant feeling. You lose all your energy, and you could feel a little dizzy and sick.
Spending too much time in the sun can suck all the moisture out of your skin, which is why spending a bit less time underneath its potent UV rays is a good idea.