Sunlight exposure could drop blood pressure, researchers say

With the hot summer months creeping up quickly, catching some rays may not only be good for bronzing your complexion, according to researchers in Scotland.

Women's Health magazine reports that at a dermatology conference held last week, researchers said that sunlight exposure may be linked to a decrease in blood pressure and a lowering in the risk of heart attack or stroke.

In the study, which was conducted at the University of Edinburgh, groups of test participants who sat under tanning lamps for 20 minutes at a time saw their blood pressure drop for an hour after their exposure. Women's Health reports that researchers believe that the release of nitric oxide in the bloodstream is contributing to the drop in pressure.

That said, experts still say that you must protect your skin from the sun's rays by continuing to use sunscreen and limit your direct exposure.