I’m a beauty blogger. I’m supposed to wear at least SPF 20 underneath my makeup every day. I’m supposed to wear sunscreen no matter the season, to prevent premature aging of the skin and melanoma. To be honest, I could never be bothered with daily SPF, but this year I’m taking it a bit further. Yesterday I applied sunscreen for the first time this year, on my shoulders, nose, feet and calves.
For years I’ve been told by magazines and YouTubers and pretty much every beauty authority that wearing sunscreen daily is an absolute must. And I agree it’s super important to protect your skin from excess sun exposure, but that’s the key right there: EXCESS sun exposure. I live in a Northern European country where 60% of adults and one in three children suffer from vitamin D deficiency, and the sun barely ever shines; it’s not hard to avoid excess sun exposure over here, but avoiding sunshine altogether isn’t good either and has its own whole set of health risks. Research in Sweden has showed that the benefits of sun exposure might just outweigh the risk of developing melanoma in countries with a low UV index. In fact, vitamin D deficiency and insufficient sun exposure apparently make melanomas more malignant. This “pop” but cited article is also interesting and lists a number of health benefits to be gained from adequate sun exposure (always take things like this with a grain of salt, please). I personally used to wear sunscreen religiously in the summer for years, and I’d always feel blue in winter. Mind you, I haven’t gotten my blood tested, but I do know I’ve had the smoothest winter in ages since I started supplementing vitamin D and going outside daily in the cold, dark months.