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Updated on September 1, 2009

Sun and sunbathing is healthy, vitalises all glands, rays of sunlight heal our bodies, build the bones, it is good for the skin, but: we have to be careful.

If someone is during the whole year in office and home, full of artificial light, or spending all days in the front of computer,and then takes vacation and tries get suntanned in 10 or 14 days, it cannot be healthy because it burns the skin. Skin has to get prepared on sunlight during the whole year. On that way skin GETS USED TO producing right quantity of melanin (pigmentation) and there is no problem with sun. Otherwise, we confuse our body, and force it to produce in big quantity something what is unusual for it. Confused body survives stress under unusual circumstances and reacts on strange ways, f.E, by producing white blotches/discoloration spots.

We need to be tender to our body. And spend a lot of time in the nature during the whole year.

Personally, I do not use any sun-lotion for protection, because I do not want chemistry on my body. By my opinion, using the sun-lotions cannot do much good: to fry the skin on lotion, full of chemistry? Brrr...I do not even want to imagine that,it is horrible for the skin. So be careful and choose some natural products instead. Expose yourself to the sun whenever you can, from springtime up till autumn, but carefully, during the summer, choose mornings and later afternoons for sunbathing, rather then burn yourself all day long on strong summer sun.

Some people like to treat themselves as barbecue steaks, but it is not recommended. During the summer, you can fry the egg on that sun, just imagine what you do to your skin, especially in addiction with oily lotions full of chemicals.

My private opinion is that chemicals in sun-lotions, when fried on human skin on the sun, can cause skin cancer, rather than normal sunbathing. Quantity of skin-cancer progressed very much with use of sun-lotions. Few decades ago, many people were using olive oil, or just neutral creme for moisturising the skin, without too much chemicals.

But, healthy immune system can fight against any toumor cells, so please do not leve in fear of possible cancer, it is much better to stay positive and take care about the body. Trust to your immune system and vital force, and help them on natural ways (relaxation, natural remedies, positivity, joy etc)

Research shows that sun exposure is necessary for good health; it boosts your mood, strengthens your bones, and may lower your risk for certain cancers, among other benefits.

The sun helps human body make vitamin D, and you can thank this nutrient for most of the sun's health benefits. You can get vitamin D by eating foods like fortified milk and fatty fish and by taking supplements. But many experts believe the sun is a better source of D because your body may not absorb an adequate amount of this nutrient from foods or supplements.

1: Builds Your Bones

In the early 1900s, doctors prescribed sunlight to prevent rickets and other bone-deforming diseases. Current evidence suggests that sunlight fights osteoporosis, which is caused in part by a vitamin D deficiency. The vitamin D from sunlight helps maintain your blood levels of calcium and phosphate, two important bone minerals, and increases your intestines' ability to absorb calcium.

Research suggests that vitamin D from the sun helps keep your bones strong. A study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society last September concluded that regular sun exposure may maintain calcium levels and healthy bones in men and women ages 79 to 96.

2: Protects Against Cancer

Strong evidence suggests that the sun may protect you from certain cancers. For example, men who had low lifetime sun exposure were more likely to get prostate cancer at a younger age than men who got regular sun exposure, according to an August 2001 study of 365 men in the British journal the Lancet. A review study published in the Journal of Andrology this year confirmed this connection.

Researchers have found that the sun lowers the risk of breast and colon cancer as well. A 1999 study in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences showed that colon and breast cancers were more common in areas of the United States like the Northeast that receive little sunshine in winter due to a high latitude and air pollution. Another 1999 study by the Northern California Cancer Center in Union City, Calif., observed the lifestyles and diets of more than 5,000 women nationwide from 1971 to 1992 and concluded that vitamin D from sunlight and from food or supplements reduced breast cancer risk.

Experts attribute the sun's protective power to its ability to produce vitamin D in your skin. Skin synthesizes vitamin D and then the blood circulates it directly to the breasts, colon, and prostate. In these organs, researchers believe, vitamin D inhibits cancer cell growth.

3: Curbs Diabetes Risk

Researchers just recently began investigating the theory that vitamin D affects diabetes risk. A study on Finnish children, published in the November 2001 issue of the Lancet, showed that 2,000 IU of vitamin D given to children daily significantly lowered their development of type 1 diabetes. Researchers followed 10,366 Finnish children from birth to age 31. Because Finland gets little more than two hours of sunlight per day during the winter, researchers prescribed vitamin D supplements instead of sun exposure.

4: Beats Depression

When days are shorter in the fall and winter, about 1 out of 4 people experience a mild form of the depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Experts believe that getting less sunlight disrupts your body's production of the hormone melatonin, which induces sleep and regulates your circadian rhythms. Your body may be releasing melatonin into your bloodstream during the day instead of at night, when it should be released; the result is that you feel tired during the day. Without the correct amount of melatonin, you may also experience other SAD symptoms like poor concentration and a reduced libido.

5: Lowers Your Blood Pressure

In the winter, blood pressure rates rise, according to research published in 1997 in the American Heart Association's journal Hypertension. And, as with cancer risk, studies find that as you move away from the equator, which has the strongest ultraviolet radiation, high blood pressure rates increase as well.

In 1998, the Lancet published the results of a study that showed that systolic and diastolic blood pressure declined after subjects received six to 30 minutes of ultraviolet B radiation (UVB) three times a week for six weeks. The vitamin D your body produces in response to sunlight helps your intestines absorb calcium. Sufficient amounts of calcium, in turn, allow your arteries to maintain normal blood pressure levels.

6. Activates Pineal and Pituarity Gland

Pineal gland is connected with anti-aging, Pituarity gland controlls all other glands. The both of them need sunlight for being healthy.



The question for this Hub was:

"After sunbathing abroad I now have white blotches on my skin, some have remained from last year - What is this?"

My answer:

At first, do not panic, white spots/blotches are harmless. There are few possible causes of them, but, if they grow only after sunbathing, that means your skin survived shock of getting too much sun, in very short period of time, so it did not have time to get prepared on such shock.

It can be one of two possible reasons for them:

1. temporary discoloration, because of too much sun exposure. In that case, you should treat your skin with natural products: gel or lotion with mineral salts and algaes (to give you cells "food" for recuparation), and cream or tincture of Calendula officinalis, English Marigold, to regenerate your skin. This beautiful flower regenerates damaged skin very quickly.

I would recommend you also to take vitamin/MINERAL suplements, to regenerate whole body. And you can also take Callendula Officinalis, as a homeopathic remedie, in addition to already suggested. (In Radionics/Homeopathy treatmant (pls read my Hub) which I practise, I would also make you remedy which consists vibrations of healthy skin, maybe something against stress and for hormonal balance as well).

And visualize your skin healthy, without spots!, that is OF MAIN IMPORTANCE.

After some time, colour of your skin will return, but next year be more careful with exposing yourself to the sun.


2. Fungus infection called Tinea Versicolor

It is harmless fungus infection which produces spots that are either lighter than surrounding skin, or redish-brown. There may be just a few spots or many. Usually, fungus infection itches. Fungus which causes Tinea Versicolor, lives in the skin of almost all of us, it is not contagious. Reasons why this fungus causes visible spot are connected with high humidity, sunbathing, immune or hormone imbalance, stress.

Tinea versicolor does not leave permanent skin discoloration.Treatment is to use Selson Blue and place on affected area 15 minutes before showering and then just wash off. Do this for 2 weeks.

Natural treatment is like mentioned in previous chapter, with addition of natural antifungal remedie, as: Tea Tree Oil. (lat. Maleuca aternifolia)

If you are getting discoloration spots without exposing the skin to sun, or your spots grow bigger during the year , that is usually connected with stress and hormonal imbalance. However, discoloration of the skin is always connected with stress factor, holidays are shock for body on many ways, so be relaxed, as much as possible, boost your immunity, mineral salts are necessary for regeneration of skin cells, and your skin will be OK, in certain period of time.

Tatjana-Mihaela Pribic, Reiki Master-Teacher and Healer (Radionics/Homeopathy)

View on Zadar City and Mountain Velebit from Island of Ugljan, Adriatic Coast, Croatia
View on Zadar City and Mountain Velebit from Island of Ugljan, Adriatic Coast, Croatia


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      6 years ago

      Always use Sunscreen, you may not want chemistry in your body but would you rather have sun cancer? ALWAYS put on sunscreen ALWAYS. IF YOU DON'T you will regret it.

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      7 years ago

      An interesting piece.

      I'm a Tasmanian, where we have extremely clean air and very little ozone layer to protect us. I've been burnt and seen others getting burnt early in the morning and in very late afternoon to evening. Sun burn in winter isn't uncommon.

      Enough time in the sun to maintain vitamin D levels WILL CAUSE SUNBURN without use of sunscreen. Most Tasmanians use sunscreen heavily; those who don't either have low vitamin D from staying indoors, or are severely sunburnt on a regular basis.

      I know people who have had skin cancer, and having operations to remove it saved their lives. Saying that it causes the cancer to spread is demonstrating a basic lack of understanding about both the process of the operation, and the manner in which cancer spreads. Saying that natural healing will cure it is tantamount to murder. Yes, there are things that natural healing do assist with and no, skin cancer isn't one of them.

      As to stating that sunscreen causes cancer, the truth of which is dubious from the "studies" presented, it's still better to use it. Just as staying completely out of the sun to avoid the possibility of skin cancer causes the certainty of vitamin D deficiency; not using sunscreen to avoid the possibility of it causing cancer causes the certainty of sunburn and much higher likelihood of cancer related death.

      Please try to read and understand the studies you're blindly quoting.

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      Daniella Chick 

      8 years ago


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      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you very much, Wademcmaster.

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      9 years ago

      that is interesting! Its funny how we tend to come up with these cures that worsen a problem, its seems to be a trend. I've always wondered how the sun could be such an enemy to us when it is what were born into as a species. Interesting, nice hub!

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      10 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Dear Anusha,

      at first your Mum should contact me or any other healer - personally, through e-mail, to see what is going on.

      But if she will persist taking tablets, her skin will stay dark.

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      10 years ago

      Hi My name is Anusha. My mom has a CML, and her skin has become darekr and darker after taking the hydrea tablet.. can any one help me with any creams or lotions to get back to her normal colour.... Please help me

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      What am I is written on the end of my article, plus, you can check my profile:

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      10 years ago

      are you a doctor????

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      10 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thanks for the visit, myislam.

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      10 years ago

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      10 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you very much, Infoels.

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      10 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      A recent study has shown that moisturizers induced skin cancer in mice opening questions on their safety for humans. Four commonly used moisturizers Dermabase, Dermovan (a wholesale-only product discontinued in 2006), Eucerin Original Moisturizing Cream, and Vanicream were tested by researchers at Rutgers University, New Jersey, in the United States.

      Study leader Allan H. Conney, PhD, Director of Susan Lehman Cullman Laboratory for Cancer Research and professor at the School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J said that sun related skin cancer was shown in the mice and frequent applications of each product resulted in more skin tumors as well as faster tumor growth.

      "This was unexpected. We really did not expect to see the tumor-promoting activity of these creams," said Conney.

      The four common skin creams were tested on gene-altered hairless mice exposed to heavy doses of cancer-causing UV light. The study leader, however, felt this could be as rodent skin is more sensitive than human skin while other experts said they had reservations about the relevance of the study's conclusions.

      The study found that the rate of non-melanoma skin cancers increased between 24 and 95% when compared to mice not treated with creams.

      Surgically curable, non-melanoma skin cancer is very common in humans, and only in very rare cases it can prove to be fatal. The findings published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, part of the Nature Publishing Group in Britain, reported that follow-up experiments with a made-to-order cream missing several suspect ingredients which included mineral oil and sodium lauryl sulfate saw the cancer rates dropping sharply. Further tests would be needed to test the effect of these creams on human skin as rodent skin which is usually fur covered is thinner and more permeable than human skin.

      Brian Diffey, an emeritus professor at Newcastle University in Britain felt the dose the rodents received exceeds what most people would experience in a lifetime. The UV source used to pre-sensitize the mice is a very poor surrogate for sun exposure.

      As moisturizers are classified as cosmetics, the stringent checks that drugs have to undergo by FDA ruling, do not apply to them and experts feel that this should change.

      Dermatologist Keyvan Nouri, MD, director of dermatologic surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and author of the best-selling book on Skin Cancer, said, "This study could definitely be a warning to alert these companies to consider testing moisturizing creams with some sort of assay. These creams need to be tested first before they come to market."

      The four creams analyzed in the study were: Dermabase, manufactured by Paddock Laboratories in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Dermovan, made by Healthpoint Ltd. in Fort Worth, Texas; Eucerin Original Moisturizing Cream, made by Beiersdorf Inc. in Wilton, Connecticut; and Vanicream, made by Pharmaceutical Specialities, Inc. in Rochester, Minnesota.

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      10 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you for your comment, I know you want the best to the people, but I believe that you did not read my article properly.

      Sorry, but where is written down, that is OK to be on the Sun and get burned? I never said that. On the contrary. If someone is in the area where is sunlight dangerous, IS BETTER TO STAY IN THE SHADOW instead of being on the beach while covered with chemicals, which get fried on the skin. What I recommend is - common sense.

      If someone)s skin is too sensitive, is better to avoid sunlight in dangerous times of day and year. Majority of people do feel better and healthier after responsible and reasonable exposing themselves to the sunlight.

      I also stated that I live in the area, where is no such pollution, like in the area where you live. I wonder what are real causes of skin cancer: pollution, chemicals, irresponsible suntanning,UV, unhealthy food...probably combination of all that. Sitting for hours in the middle of the summer on the burning sunlight, covered with all different chemicals cannot help to have healthy skin, sorry.I never do that. 

      Please read carefully the whole article, there is part about medical research who advices responsible exposing to the sun. 

      I WOULD BE VERY GLAD; THAT YOU AS BIOLOGIST; DO THE RESEARCH ABOUT INFLUENCE OF FRIED CHEMICALS ON HUMAN SKIN: please use the microscope, before and after, and check what is going on with the skin-cells after 10 days of such "treatment", and also, how skin reacts after many years while doing that.


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      Cell Biologist for Anti-Sun 

      10 years ago

      Please stop this misinformation!!! You are killing people! The small amount of research by just a few scientists you post here is NOT the scientific community consensus. The American Medical Association, the American Cancer Society, and countless other organizations do not agree with you. You may not want to put "chemicals" on your skin, but I guarantee that the "natural" ultraviolet radiation that the sun is giving you is MUCH worse. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in America with ~23% of Americans dyeing from this horrible disease. Please do not help increase this statistic by letting people think that it is alright to be out in the sun as long as they don't burn. Any pigmentation production is a sign of your cells being damaged. There is no such thing as a "base tan". Any tan is unhealthy! Coming from a former esthetician and current PhD student in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, what you are saying in not correct

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      10 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Yes, of course. Is better not to touch anyting, surgery is the worst possible solution, because cancerouses cells can enter the blood and spread all over the body. Is better to start immediately with natural healing...

      10 thumbs up for good question you asked, and thanks for your wise comment.

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      10 years ago from New York

      Tatjana- My cousin, who is only in her 20's just found out that she has skin cancer, and they told her it was caused from tanning beds. So far, she has had to return to the hospital three times in the last few months to have more "spots" removed. Do you think "opening" the cancerous cells, as to remove them, causes it to spread?

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      10 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      I like advices on the page you suggested...thanks...

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      10 years ago from pakistan

      beautiful photo in this page really i like these photos.

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      10 years ago from pakistan

      beautiful photo in this page really i like these photos

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      10 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Dear RGraf, going out and enjoying the sunshine, is of the biggest importance for physical and emotional balance. Thank you for your comment and for stoping by. Love & Light, Merry Xmass.

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      Rebecca Graf 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin

      Very informative. I think so many go so far in their sunbathing. I find myself not going out enough and I need to be out more. I need that vitamin D for my own health.

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      11 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Dear TM, it was my pleasure. I like to help.

      Just to remind you and everybody who reads this Hub, that minerals are necessary for DNA regeneration.

      Thanks for your kind words. Love&Light.

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      11 years ago from United Kingdom

      Fantastic Hub, thank you for answering my request Tatjana, your a star :)

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      11 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you for your kind comment, dear Brainstormer.

      I live on the coast of Croatia, during the summer sun rays are very strong here. I am very careful, and do not barbecue myself, although I like my skin tanned.

      Pollution of the air, chemistry in the lotions, burning the skin, stress and fear of cancer can do many harm to the skin health.

      I am glad I can help, and inspire the people to start thinking on different ways.

      Thanks again, many regards from the beautiful coast of Croatia.

      In spite of everything, we do not have a lot of skin cancer here. Domestic people usually prefer natural ways of protection...and air is not polluted here. 

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      11 years ago from Australia

      Living in Australia this hub is relevant. Our skin cancer rates are from memory the highest in the world.

      Good information and thanks

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      11 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Dear Qlcoach, I agree with you, but I would recommend natural products for protection, and common sense. If someone has very sensitive skin, the best is to stay in shadow when sunrays are too agresive, and go sunbathing during the mornings and afternoons.

      Thank you for your comment, be very glad to stay in touch...

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      Gary Eby 

      11 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      Beautifully crafted and visually stimulating hub. I love the beach and the sun. But I do believe it is wise to protect oneself from skin cancer. However, I relate to the power of mind, body, and spirit too. Please feel free to stay in touch. Sincerely: Gary Eby, author and therapist.


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