Every Spring, pharmacies stock up on multiple new skin products to protect us from the sunshine in varying degrees. We’re urged by countless media articles to use these products liberally and to avoid the sun when possible, often with accompanying graphic pictures of what will happen if we don’t. This year promises to be on of the hottest, sunniest summer on record here in BC, the worry about sun exposure has increased for many people.
An interesting debate has, however, emerged within the research community that studies the link between exposure to the sun and our health. The results of a study published last year by researchers at Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that women who avoided sunbathing in the summer take risks also. The research concludes that the lack of Vitamin D from sunshine causes its own health problems. Some other studies have come to similar conclusions, challenging even the use of sunscreens.Continue Reading