Here comes the sun

The sun finally came out for the first time today in what seemed like six months. Why does anyone stay in Rochester, NY? I was born here, and as an adult ask myself every day, why do I still live here? Now with a ten-year-old, it makes it even harder to pick up and move. So instead of moving, I try to relish in the rare moments that the sun shines here.

Sun can be one of the best and worst things for us. In small doses, the Vitamin D we get from the sun can boost your mood, and make you feel good. This is important for those that struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Psoriasis and acne respond very well to sun exposure due to the ability to kill bacteria on the surface of the skin.

However, sun exposure is the biggest external aging factor. You receive most of your sun damage before the age of 18. And surprise, it shows up later on as beautiful little age spots! It breaks down the collagen and elastin in the skin that helps us stay youthful. So basically, it causes lots of wrinkles. The sun is also responsible for 9,500 cases of skin cancer that are diagnosed each day in the United States.

If you are a sun lover and I can't convince you to stay out of it, I get it. But make sure that you should always apply SPF of at least 30 each time you are out in the sun and reapply every 90 minutes. And always wear your sunglasses, to avoid creating any more wrinkles around your delicate eyes. If you live in an area where you get more sunshine than rain, I am envious. Take advantage and soak up every ray you can.

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