Burnt Out by the Sun

Halley Medical Aesthetics | 30 Jul 2015

“Get out and get some sun,” grandma always used to say. The thing is... the sun is both bad and good for the skin. Here’s why! 

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Benefits of Sunlight

Vitamin D

Our grandmas always tell us to get out and get some sun. Studies have proven them to be right. Sunlight boosts the vitamin D supply in our body and it goes beyond that - Vitamin D helps to prevent breast and colorectal cancer as well!

Mood Lift

Literature often compares good times with sunny weather and bad times with gloomy and dark skies. Seems like it is true. Research has been done on the link between sunlight and mood, and it was found that exposure to sunlight increases the production of a natural antidepressant in our brain. The brain produces more mood-lifting serotonin when there’s sunlight than when there’s none.

Better Sleep At Night

Humans are programmed to wake up and work in the daytime and sleep at night. The body releases melatonin for restful sleep when it is dark, and stops melatonin production when we are exposed to the sun. The amount of exposure to daylight helps to maintain a normal circadian rhythm in our body, giving us better sleep at night. 

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Credit: Sleep Business

Damages the Sun Brings

Skin Cancer

It is a well-known fact that excessive exposure to the sun causes skin cancer. Those with pale skin are more affected than their darker counterparts.

Skin Pigmentation

Skin pigmentation ranges from less severe cases like freckles, to serious ones like melasma. Although they are not life threatening, they may cause some distress and a loss of confidence, which affects one’s general well-being. Laser treatments and other light therapies of intense pulsed light (IPL) can help to lighten the pigments and lessen the problem. Slap on the sunblock too. Prevention is always better than cure!

Wrinkles and Sagging Skin

The sun’s UV rays destroy elastin fibres in our skin, causing it to sag, stretch and lose its ability to snap back after stretching, causing our skin to sag and wrinkles to appear. A non-surgical facelift called Ultherapy uses the power of ultrasound to tone, lift and tighten the skin, even under the eyes and neck. It is non-invasive and has no downtime, which is suitable for the busy urbanites. Other no downtime options also include treatments using radio frequency (RF) like in Halley's Signature Firm-It-Up facial treatment.

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The sun can be a friend or a foe. Balance and moderation is always the key.

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