THE SECRET POWER OF THE SPRING SUN

When the sun starts shining for longer again, nature wakes up – and people are coaxed outside again, too, for longer and more often. But the power of the sun in spring is often underestimated.

The days are longer again, the sun regularly puts in an appearance for a few hours, and the same thing happens every year: even the least enthusiastic nature lover is drawn outside. Some go on ski tours, others just for a walk with the dog, and pretty much no one turns down a place on the sun terrace. It feels so good to sit in the sun.

We know that the spring sun wakens nature. But it can get people going, too. Some people are simply just in a better mood, others rediscover a whole new zest for life. In general, the spring sun also strengthens the immune system. Sunlight is good for your health, because it stimulates the production of the important vitamin D, which most Central Europeans don’t have enough of. When the sun shines, the body also releases more of the happiness hormone, serotonin. If you’re looking for a good mood, the sun is the best place to be.

It has become common knowledge, though, that the sun should only be enjoyed in moderation. Its power is underestimated, in particular in the spring when the temperatures still aren’t very high. It is especially important to protect yourself well and use sun cream out on the mountain, where the snow still reflects the sun. The forehead, bridge of the nose and ears are always first in line for sunburn.

After the dark fashions of winter, our skin is still particularly sensitive. It has barely produced any pigment and so cannot properly protect itself from UV rays. These are almost more dangerous, by the way, in spring than in summer. The ozone layer which protects us a little from the radiation is particularly thin in March and April.