There are health benefits to sun exposure as it helps your body produce Vitamin D which is important for your overall health, but the key is to make sure that it is safe for the duration and that your skin is not being burnt.
The sun emits 2 main wavelengths, UVA and UVB. UVB is the wavelength that helps your skin produce vitamin D. UVA is quite constant during all daylight hours throughout the whole year and it penetrates your skin more deeply and can cause more free radical damage.
By comparison, UVB waves are low in the morning and evening and high at mid-day. Plus, they’re sparse during much of the year in the Northern hemisphere.
So, if you're out early in the morning or late in the day, you get lots of UVA and not much UVB. This is not the ideal way to help your body produce vitamin D.
What's more, if you’ve ever gotten a scorching sunburn on a cloudy day, you’ve learned first-hand how UVA rays work.
While you might have thought you didn't need to protect yourself but wound up with a serious burn, you’ve seen how UVA rays can break through cloud cover and pollution and do some real damage to your skin.
Sunlight is the best way to get your vitamin D. As soon as the sun's ultraviolet rays strike your skin, your body starts producing its own natural vitamin D.
Better yet, your body produces the most active form of vitamin D – calciferol, also known as vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is the precise form your body needs. And with sunlight, your body produces the right amount of vitamin D with no risk of overdose.
Other Beneficial Ingredients
Astaxanthin is one of nature's most powerful antioxidants that supports skin health.
- Sunflower Oil and Wax:
Sunflower oil is a vitamin-rich, soothing moisturiser that’s used to moisturise dry, weathered and aged skin. Sunflower wax helps make sunscreen water-resistant without the use of petroleum products.
Lecithin is found in the membranes of plant cells and is used as an emollient and water-binding agent.
- Coconut oil:
Coconut oil has been used by islanders for hundreds of years to gently moisturise skin.
Used as an emollient, glycerin moisturises your skin.
- Jojoba oil:
Jojoba oil is a non-fragrant natural emollient that has moisturising and skin-conditioning properties.
- Tocopherol (vitamin E):
Tocopherol acts as a natural preservative.
- Shea butter:
Shea butter is a natural plant lipid used as a thickener and emulsifier. It also has effective moisturising properties.
- Eucalyptus oil:
Eucalyptus oil is an essential oil. When mixed with other oils, it can be absorbed by your skin. Best of all, it may assist the absorption of other oils which can support the moisturising process.
- Aloe Vera gel:
Aloe contains more than 130 active compounds and 34 amino acids to support skin health and hydration.
- Pomegranate extract:
Pomegranate contains vitamins and antioxidants, and contains three types of polyphenols – tannins, anthocyanins and ellagic acid – to help fight free radicals and support cell health.
- Raspberry seed oil:
This luxurious seed oil provides moisturising and antioxidant benefits for your skin.