Freda is talking about eye health and I've been wanting to say a few words about skin health, a subject on my mind with all the hot weather we're having here.
I have had two basal cell carcinomas in recent years - the most common and least serious type of skin cancer (you may have had one too or know someone who has) It rarely, if ever, spreads to other parts of the body, but it can cause considerable skin and tissue damage if left untreated. I know this to my cost as my first bcc was originally misdiagnosed, but 7 years later turned out to be an infiltrative type which required surgery to remove quite a large section of my right cheek. I had a fantastic surgeon and it has healed well, but not an experience I would wish to repeat.
The second was caught much earlier as I realised what it was and went straight to my doctor. I had to wait a while before seeing a specialist and in those weeks I researched natural treatments as I was reluctant to lose any more of that cheek. I'm delighted to say I found something that worked for me and the second biopsy came back clear.
I'll link to what I used here in case it might help someone else, but do please see your Dr for a diagnosis! And do not delay treatment if a natural approach doesn't work for you.
Anyway, all that is to say that I am careful about sun exposure. I use a natural sunscreen, I don't stay out in it for prolonged periods and I tend to wear a sunhat if I'm going to be outside for a while. BUT I do feel it is essential to allow some sun on my skin, especially for Vitamin D which is so important for health, so I do spend a short time everyday out in it without sun protection. (Although I usually protect my face.) I am very fair skinned (read pale!) so I burn easily.
Other useful things to help your skin protect itself especially during the hot summer months are to eat plenty of berries for their anti-oxidant effects, lots of yellow, orange and green fruit and veg (beta-carotene can help protect the skin), and of course stay hydrated. I don't think it's any coincidence that a lot of the most beneficial fruits and vegetables for skin health are in abundance during the summer months!