Now the weather is (finally) warming up, we give you ‘The Clean & Natural Way To Survive Summer!’
After many reports of heatwaves causing havoc around the UK of late, and those heatwaves not beginning to emerge until now, it is a great time to start considering your safety during your fun in the sun. In this week’s blog, we will begin talking about ways for all of the family to get the most out of Summer 2015 safely.
This blog will include the following topics:
UV rays? UV light? What's the difference?
We've all heard about UV (Ultraviolet) rays / light but many people don’t know about the different types of radiation and what these rays can mean to your skin. (UV rays are present in all ultraviolet light).
1.) UVA radiation – The first type of UV ray is the UVA ray. This radiation penetrates deep into the skins layers and is one of the primary causes of premature skin ageing and skin cancers. These rays are present whenever there is daylight, even on the cloudiest of days. BE WARNED...It is said that tanning beds emit 2 - 5 times more UVA radiation than the sun.
2.) UVB radiation – UVB rays are stronger than UVA rays. They’re responsible for the burning feeling you get when the sun’s out, affecting mainly the outer layers of the skin.
These rays are much more prominent during the summer months, especially around mid-day, and are said to be the primary cause of;
- redness and sunburn,
- darkening of pigment,
- age spots,
and can also contribute to premature ageing and skin cancer.
3.) UVC radiation – This is the strongest and most dangerous form of UV light but, thankfully, does not quite reach the Earth’s surface because the rays get stopped by the Earth’s atmosphere (ozone). Understanding now, one of the reasons, why we should look after the Ozone layer!
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Summer Skin Tips
Summer is the perfect time to relax with family and friends, but please always remember to cover up and protect yourself from the sun's rays. Our relaxation tip for summer is to get out there! Don't be afraid of the great out doors, make the most of the sun while we have it. Nature is very therapeutic, find somewhere quiet with nice scenery and just relax for a while.
Did you know?
Being out in nature can reduce depression by up to 70% and can also improve mental health and well being. Whether you're taking a walk through nature or simply just sitting in it, it all helps to reduce depression, relieve stress and clear the mind (which can sometimes become crowded with thoughts). More on nature and depression.
Here are some places and ways you can relax:
30 MIN RELAXATION CHALLENGE:
After reading our above tips we challenge you to take some time out for you for a minimum of half an hour a week. We at Clean & Natural HQ are currently taking part in a weekly meditation on a Sunday at 3pm. Yes it is difficult to keep to that time religiously, but it is very much worth it for your own peace of mind. More info can be found here or on our facebook page.
Alternatively, if meditation is not your thing, or you cannot manage Sunday at 3pm GMT; for half an hour a week, take a walk / have a run / explore nature or even just sit in your back garden alone. MAKE TIME FOR YOU.