Monday, August 31, 2009
"You are going to look like a wrinkled old hag. You need to go live in a deep hole in Alaska!", said the dermatologist to me. This is a true story. My complexion is very light and he wanted me to "GET IT!" "Use sunscreen everyday and stay out of the sun!", he said.
I was an avid tennis player so I slathered up for 15 years and hoped I didn't fry. Years later I still wear my sunscreen and choose shade over sun most of the time. But not all the time.
Now the latest medical gurus advise us to "sit in the sun without sunscreen for 10-20minutes a day" and are calling vitamin D the Sunshine Vitamin. A recent British study found that 87% of volunteers (that's a lot) had low blood levels of vitamin D in winter and spring, and 61% had low levels even in summer. They say this deficiency can lead to asthma, heart and auto immune problems, cancer, weak bones and muscles, and mental disorders. Whew!
The bottom line is: Unless you eat a ton of salmon and sardines, eggs and OJ, and shitake mushrooms every day, you better get some sunshine or take supplements. For me, I am having my coffee and breakfast outside every morning with, OMG, naked skin....no sunscreen, not a drop. Ask your doctor what you should do but I'm just sayin'.....it's awfully easy to go sit outside awhile!