With the lead-up to summer closing in fast, it is likely many of us are, or will be, booking holidays and time off in order to allow ourselves and our loved ones some much needed time away. However, more often than not we forget to think about the risks that can be caused by too much time spent in the sun without any form of skin protection, particularly the significant increase in the risk of cancer.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer that exists today, and most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Whether this is caused by being in the sun for too long, or by regularly using a tanning bed, it is becoming more important than ever that we protect ourselves from harmful rays. UV Protected Swimwear are made of a fabric that not only reduce, but altogether stop UV rays from reaching covered parts of the skin.
Why Should We Spend Time In The Sun?
It is a well-known fact that some exposure to the sun allows the production of Vitamin D in your skin in response to sunlight. This vitamin is vital for regulating calcium, as well as maintaining the level of phosphorus in the blood. In addition to this, Vitamin D allows the intestines to absorb calcium that would otherwise be removed by the kidney. Exposure to the sun and spending time outdoors also has a link to an improvement in welfare, reducing depression and alleviating stress.
Factors such as these play an important role in fighting diseases – such as heart disease and multiple schlerosis (MS) – and building and maintaining strong and healthy bones and teeth. A lack of Vitamin D can cause osteomalacia and osteoporosis, both conditions alluding to weaker and more fragile bones. Deficiency can also cause aches, pains and general tiredness, as well as an increase in the likelihood of stress fractures.
So How Can We Protect Ourselves Whilst Still Enjoying The Benefits Of Exposure?
Whilst some exposure to the sun’s rays can have a positive effect, too much can lead to life-altering conditions such as melanoma.
One fundamental consideration that should be made is how to reduce the amount of exposure to UV rays when enjoying a holiday or day out in the sun. Whilst sun cream is often the go-to, one of the most effective forms of protection is simply covering up exposed skin, particularly more sensitive areas that aren’t often in the sun.
Sun cream needs to be regularly applied and can be expensive, especially when we need to choose the correct SPF, brand and whether it is water resistant or not. One alternative is gradually becoming more of a trend – UV Protected Swimwear.
Not only does it protect the skin when enjoying time in the pool or on the beach, it is also provided in a range of sizes and designs, making it a fashionable way to keep safe. Sun protective swimsuits are also extremely breathable and flexible, allowing just as much freedom as a standard costume.
Kids should be allowed to have fun in the sun and get some fresh air by the sea without having to worry about always being in the shade, topping up sun cream or covering up. Equally, you as parents should be able to relax and enjoy some much needed me-time on the beach or in the garden without having to worry about the kids. UV Protected Swimwear takes some of the stress away, ensuring your children can get their much needed Vitamin D and enjoy time away from phones, tablets and computers, without causing them any harm.