The sun is good for you as long as you don’t burn.
In fact, staying out of the sun completely is detrimental to your health. Regular sun exposure, without sunscreen, causes your skin to produce vitamin D naturally, a vital component to a healthy immune system, disease prevention, mood elevation, sleep enhancement, and general health. But how much sun do you need?
Guidelines to maintain sun safety
Be careful about the length of your exposure. You only need enough sunshine to have your skin turn the lightest shade of pink. This may only be a few minutes for some and much longer for others. The darker your skin has become through tanning, the longer exposure you will need to optimize your vitamin D production. Again this varies from person to person, so pay attention to when your skin is becoming pink, even when you are tan. Once you reach this point your body will not make any additional vitamin D and any additional exposure may cause harm and damage to your skin.
The best time of day to be in the sun for vitamin D production is as near to solar noon as possible. That would be between roughly 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. This is when the beneficial vitamin D3 producing UVB rays are most intense. Closer to sunrise and sunset (or early morning / late afternoon) dangerous UVA rays are more prevalent. If you want to get out in the sun to maximize your vitamin D production, and minimize your risk of damage, the middle of the day is the best and safest time to go.
Limiting sun exposure, wearing protective clothing, and using a natural, non-chemical sunscreen can reduce the risks of the harmful effects of too much sun.
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