It may be the month of social distancing, but the sun is out and the days are getting longer; it’s time to take advantage. However, it’s important to check in with our local Department of Health and practice social distancing while out. 

While you may have to face the great outdoors solo, the benefits are worth it. Soaking in the sunshine vitamin — aka vitamin D — is great for overall health. Without getting on a soap box, the benefits of getting some good ole’ fashioned sunshine can protect against inflammation, lower high blood pressure and improve brain function! 

If you needed a reason to leave the house and take a long walk, this is it. Millions of Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder, and exposure to sunlight has a huge impact on those affected, while also contributing to improved sleep quality.  Just 10-15 minutes of sun exposure can make a world of difference in your mood and health.

In addition to all the health benefits, sun exposure does provide benefits to your skin. Sunlight triggers your body to produce vitamin D, which in turn can help the skin from premature aging. Additionally, light treatment is beneficial for an array of skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. The sun dries out the skin and promotes healing, leaving you with a flawless complexion. 

Still, be sure to wear SPF, the mantra ‘everything in moderation’ applies to the sun too!

Amp up your benefits by adding exercise into your outdoor routine. Try jogging in the morning or late afternoons— now that the sun is out longer, an evening run doesn’t have to be out of the question.

If running and walking aren’t for you, try taking that yoga mat outdoors and practice your tree pose next to the trees. You already know the benefit of exercise, so double dip by adding in some sunshine.

It’s an exciting time of year that lends itself to activities that the frigid New England winter won’t allow. Take full advantage! 

While we can’t convince Tom Brady to come back to the Patriots, we encourage everyone to use this month to boost your mood and do more of your favorite outdoor activity. For any skin concerns and for more tips, email us at info@newenglandskincenter.com.


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