Sunlight has been always associated with eczema, and the interesting thing to me is that not only in good ways. Some say that sun can even cause some kinds of eczema, which certainly can be true especially if you suffer maybe also from a more-less hidden eczema allergy you might not be aware. However, in most cases you can be sure that sun exposure in reasonable amounts of time and medium sun intensity can not only help your eczema and other skin problems. It really influences your whole body health in every aspect.
Let's start with already the most abvious one - the good mood and feelings of happines that just flood your mind when maybe even thinking about a sunny day. I'm sure that a lot of people suddenly feel happier about the next day after watching weather forecast predecting a sunny tomorrow. If you think about it, all about these positive feelings associated with sun is very logical. Sun means, warm, nice shades of blue color, no raining (which means opportunities to do any activity outside)... you get it, I don't think it needs any more explanations, it's just obvious.
The fact that psychic is a very important part of the overall health also doesn't need any explanations. You could very easily seen an improvement in your eczema just because of the great mood it could set you on. But let's be clear here, of course sun is not only about the psychic. In fact, ultraviolet B (UVB; wavelength 280-315 nm ), ultraviolet A (UVA; with wavelength of 315-400 nm), and combined UVA-UVB rays have been proven and used in medicine for decades.
Getting more into the depth
Phototherapy with a UVB fluorescent lamp is now usually used for psoriasis and chronic atopic eczema skin conditions. UVA is on the other proven that in high dosage it can even simulate the effects of some topical corticosteroids. The problem is that to get such a doses, you need to go to a health center with special irradiation devices.
I'm sure that you have heard some of your friends talking experience of solarium improving their acne or eczema. Maybe you have experienced it on your own as well. Sun rays simply work and the tanning effect that comes along with them as a by-product doesn't only further improves the protection of your skin but also looks cool :) Real sun even gives you the really important Vitamin D, improving your whole immunity, which starts its process already in the chemical reactions with the oils in your skin. To get the maximum out of the sunlight and protection against its damaging effects on skin, eat a lot of carrots and tomatoes, containing beta-carotene. To protect your eyes and avoid the risk of age-related macular degeneration, eat kale and spinach (high in lutein ). Half cup of kale contains about 10 mg of lutein , which is just enough for a daily dosage.
In conclusion I'll just say one important thing you all know but it's always good to repeat. Limit your sun exposure to short times and in safe intensity hours (after 3 pm ). It also depends very much on the type of your skin and the right time for you might be even later. The basic rule of thumb is to avoid getting a redish color. Red means bad for your health and collagen integrity, which further with the age produces lines and wrinkles.
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