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The physical and mental health benefits of sunshine
Saturday, 18 July · 2 min read

Spending too much time in the sun can be harmful for your skin, but sunshine in small doses may actually benefit your physical health.

According to the World Health Organization, you only need to spend 5 to 15 minutes in the sun 2 to 3 times each week to get enough vitamin D. This vitamin is created when your skin is exposed to sunlight, and helps to boost immunity and build strong bones.

But it’s not just about vitamin D -- sunshine in short bursts can improve symptoms in people with skin conditions like psoriasis, vitiligo and eczema.

A little sunshine can also improve your mental wellbeing. Studies suggest that sunlight helps to increase production of the brain chemical serotonin, boosting your mood and energy levels.

However, too much sun exposure increases your risk of skin damage and skin cancer, so always wear sunscreen and keep in the shade where possible.

Quote of the day

There’s no such thing as a healthy tan.

Dr Walayat Hussain, dermatologist

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