Shocking Video Reveals What The Sun Really Does To Your Skin

Shocking Video Reveals What The Sun Really Does To Your Skin
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When Thomas Leveritt, a photographer and videographer, took photos of passers-by with his special ultraviolet camera, most people were shocked by what they saw. Their seemingly intact skin was all of a sudden exposed as being full of freckles, age spots, and uneven pigmentation.

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The Sun and Your Skin

The video was called How the Sun Sees You (I’ve added it to the bottom of this post). Some people looked on in horror, and they could hardly believe this was really their face. As a contrast, the skin of young children appeared unchanged when filmed with a UV camera.

This showed how we are all born with a perfect skin, but we then let it deteriorate. The video also tried to demonstrate that sunscreen blocks UV rays, and creates a safety barrier. The message was clear: wear sunscreen! But before embarking on some sort of a scare campaign, let’s just look at some facts.

The Sun and Vitamin D

First of all, we all need the sun. The sun is our best natural source of vitamin D3. This vitamin boosts our immune system, fights cancer and helps us stay in good spirits. There are 12 common disease caused by vitamin D deficiency and in addition a lack of vitamin D can also lead to dementia.

Generally 20 minutes of direct exposure to sunlight should suffice for your daily production of D3, but you need to be aware that in the winter you may not get enough vitamin D3 by exposure to the Sun. For example: in the winter, it’s impossible to produce vitamin D3 from the sun if you live north of Atlanta because the sun never gets high enough in the sky for its ultraviolet B rays to penetrate the atmosphere.

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Sun Exposure – How to Protect Yourself

The most important point to remember is that it’s not the sun that creates cancer. The problem is when you get burnt. As long as you expose yourself to sunlight in moderation and your skin doesn’t get damaged, you are actually preserving your health.

Second, some sunscreens can cause cancer, and 75% of sunscreens sold in the US have been assessed as toxic by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that publishes a guide to safe sunscreens. This could explain why the incidence of skin cancer is going up despite more and more people covering themselves in sunscreen. In the 90’s, four studies showed that the individuals that used more sunscreen were actually at a higher risk of developing malignant melanoma.

This of course doesn’t suggest that you shouldn’t protect yourself against the sun. You just need to find healthier ways of doing it:

Wear a hat and cover your skin with light clothing so you don’t get burnt.

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Find a natural sunscreen (like this one). Don’t be fooled by high SPF. The FDA warns against the sale of sunscreens with SPF values of 50 and above, as they find them ‘inherently misleading’. Dr. Henry Lim, chair of dermatology at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, says that beyond 50 the increase in UV protection is relatively small, so people trust these products too much. Stay away from the following chemicals: Para amino benzoic acid, Octyl salicyclate, Oxybenzone, Cinoxate, Dioxybenzone, Phenylbenzimidazole, Homosalate, Menthyl anthranilate, Octocrylene, Methoxycinnamate,Parabens.

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Eat food that contains anti-oxidants, as they will protect your skin. Foods that will save your skin from harm include omega-3 fatty acids, green and white tea, pumpkin seeds, almonds, blueberries, carrots, and also supplements such as spirulina and chlorella.

If you do get burnt, use aloe vera, coconut oil and vitamin E to help your skin recover. You can also use my recipe of a DIY healing aloe vera and coconut oil lotion.

Sun Exposure and Melanoma

Excessive sun exposure can also cause melanoma which is one of the most common types of skin cancer and is the most dangerous, especially when victims overlook the early symptoms. Excessive sun exposure can also cause red moles to appear on your skin.

It is accountable for more than ¾ of all skin cancer related deaths.  There are certain warning signs of melanoma that you need to know and you can read about them in my other post: Warning Signs of Melanoma, The Most Deadly Form Of Skin Cancer.

Maintaining healthy skin is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.

Here is the video: How the Sun Sees You

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One Response to Shocking Video Reveals What The Sun Really Does To Your Skin

  1. Wendy Herranen says:

    Great advise

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