Hello friends and fellow beauty lovers!
Here in the UK we have a glorious Summer at last, and boy what a Summer it is turning out to be! I would like to be rather smug at this point and mention our country’s sporting achievements over the last couple of months. Firstly, British golfer Justin Rose won the US open, then the British and Irish Lions rugby team beat Australia on their tour to Oz. Now to top it all off, Andy Murray became the first British male tennis player in 77 years to win Wimbledon. Amazing! But the omens were good for him, and I think it proves why the number 7 is always a lucky number. Let me explain… 77 years since the last British man won the Wimbledon crown. In 1977 Virginia Wade from Great Britain won the ladies title. The date of Andy Murray’s marvelous win was 7/7 and in doing so he stopped Novak Djokovic from winning his 7th Grand Slam.
Okay, so my crowing is over now, let’s get on to explain why the sun is good for us.
Being outside in the sunshine is good for us in a few ways. It firstly releases the “feel good” factor in the brain, Serotonin. You will feel calmer and more at ease with yourself, have a sense of well-being. The sun also helps to curb the appetite too. You won’t feel the need to pig out on the carbs, it is always much easier to stick to healthy eating in the Summertime I think. So if you wake up feeling groggy and a bit lack lustre, slap on the SPF and take a walk in the sunshine!
Your hair can benefit from the sun too. Just apply your favourite hair mask and sit outside (after applying your SPF too) the warmth of the sun helps the ingredients in your mask penetrate the hair for deep conditioning.
The sun can help to sort out skin conditions too. Conditions such as acne, psoriasis and dermatitis can be relieved by the sun. Partly due to the stress relieving Serotonin, but the sun is also thought to produce some proteins in the skin that help with the protection from bacteria and viruses. But of course you will always need your SPF, sunburn will be worse.
You get your vitamin D when out in the sun. Vitamin D is produced when sunlight hits the skin. It helps our skin, bones and teeth. Once again it boosts the levels of Serotonin which in turn lowers the levels of the hormone leptin which is linked to our appetite. So the more vitamin D we get from the sun the less we want to eat to store fat. Vitamin D is present in the food we eat too, but the main source is from getting some sun.
So, go on put on your sun cream and sun glasses, and go for a walk in the sunshine. It’s good for you!
Well I’m off to sit in the garden with hair mask, sun cream and sun glasses on to catch some of those rays. Please feel free to leave me any comments or queries you have, either here or over on my Facebook page.
Remember friends, stay safe in the sun…..