You need the right balance between not enough sun and too much sun, so that you can enjoy its benefits without looking like a boiled lobster.
Here are some tips: At the peak of summer, try to avoid direct sunlight between 10am and 4pm. Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen to all exposed areas, including your ears and neck, around 30 minutes before you step out.
A broad-spectrum sunscreen provides protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. For people who live in tropical areas, a higher SPF (50) is recommended for outdoor use. For indoor use SPF 24-30 is recommended. Also, reapply your sunscreen every four hours for complete sun protection.
Finally, never ever stay out long enough to get sunburnt (this can range from a light burn to an excruciatingly painful situation), to the point of needing hospitalisation and causing severe damage to the skin). You need to be especially careful if you have fair or sensitive skin or a personal or family history of skin cancers, or if you are taking medication that makes you sun sensitive. Expert: Dr Geetika Mittal Gupta, medical director and consultant dermatologist, ISAAC (International Skin and Anti-Ageing Centre), Delhi
We got celebs who love the sun to tell us their favourite sunshine song and tell us why they love it so! It's time to let your playlist run on solar power.
Mugdha Godse, Actor
Walking on Sunshine by Kimberley Rew is a lovely song and makes my heart dance to its tunes. I can listen to this on loop any time of the day. I also love The Sunshine Song by Jason Mraz and the You Are My Sunshine by Anne Murray; both are superbly feel good.
Samir Kochhar, Actor
Pocketful of Sunshine by singer Natasha Bedingfield is one song I love to listen to. This song helps me escape my troubles and makes me feel positive about everything in my life. It is one of her highest selling albums and with good reason too. The lyrics and music are both to die for.
Rajat Gupta, Lyricist and screenplay writer
It has to be "Jaado ki narm dhoop aur aangan main let kar..". from the song Dil Dhoondta Hai in the film Mausam. When you close your eyes and hear Bhupinder's voice sing, you can feel the warmth of the sun, that soft veil on your face and goose bumps on your skin! Each time!
Jasleen Royal, Musician, composer and performer
I love the song Hard Sun by Eddie Vedder from the movie Into the Wild. I love it because this song revolves like a cycle from hope to despair to hope again.
Sharman Joshi, Actor
I love the song from my film 3 Idiots, Give me some sunshine... I loved picturising it; besides it is a lovely song with great lyrics. Everyone I know loves it and it has a special place in my heart.
And the winner is.... Here Comes The Sun...
Cyrus Broacha, TV star
The Beatles' simple yet hugely uplifting song "Here comes the sun (doo doo doo doo), Here comes the sun, and I say it's all right..". is my ultimate favourite. The lyrics showcase my relationship with my wife perfectly - never stable, never the same - either up or totally down, sometimes smoky hot or totally frosty... and as in the song ice melts and warmth envelopes, it's almost like Harrison is singing lyrics that are a perfect metaphor for our relationship. Besides, Harrison sings with his lips hardly open and my wife too speaks very little! That's why I associate so much with this sunny song.
I like Here comes the sun by the Beatles. Why? Because I remember a very cold winter and I was going through a very low phase in my life. So one day, bored of just sitting in my room, I decided to visit the Deer Park near Delhi's Hauz Khas Village. It was one of those typical January days so obviously there was no sun, and I started to walk. I had with me a friend's Discman (iPods weren't really in then) and it had a Beatles' compilation CD.
One after the other, the songs kept playing and everything was normal until the sun suddenly came out and at that very minute the song Here comes the sun... started playing. I got goose bumps, and trust me, something happened then and I came back from the walk in a very, very positive frame of mind, which changed a lot of things for me. So both the sun and this song are special for me.
Subir Malik, keyboard player with Parikrama and manager of several musicians
Here comes the sun was the morning alarm on the phone at the Hard Rock Hotel, Bali. What a lovely way to get up! I find this brilliant song super positive!
From HT Brunch, April 14
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