Get your daily dose of sunshine like Disha Patani

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Actor Disha Patani’s recent Instagram post shows her soaking in the sun, with the caption ‘Sunkissed’. And indeed, her skin does look fabulous and glowing, sans any makeup — and just the goodness of sunlight and Vitamin D. Let’s find out why sunlight in small doses may actually be good for your skin.

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While it is true that excessive exposure to sunlight and UV rays can have adverse effects on the skin, some amount of sunlight is actually beneficial to you! Despite living in sunny India, a large percentage of our urban population is actually Vitamin D deficient, because we don’t spend enough time in the sun. Start your day with a pranayama session in the sunlight without a sunblock, when the morning rays are gentle. When the supply of Vitamin D to the body, as well as the skin, increases it restores bone and tissue health, and creates skin immunity.

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People with a controlled amount of sun exposure actually have lesser acne and breakouts. This is primarily because the sun is a natural antibacterial and disinfectant, killing any microbial germs that may otherwise linger (also the reason you should dry your clothes out in the sun more often!).

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For serious skin conditions like eczema, regular but controlled sun exposure is prescribed, along with the use of a low SPF sunscreen. Spending time in the sun also can prevent like melanoma, since UVB or radiation of short wavelengths helps protect against it.

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Finally, sunlight can have intangible skin benefits. It enhances the mood, makes sure you sleep better, keeps depression and bay and controls blood pressure and blood circulation, all of which have a positive impact on the skin and keep it glowing.

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