Tips for Healthy Sun Exposure
By Sara Butler
Humans were not meant to live underground without the sun. No, the sun is needed in order to help people regulate their sleep and produce important nutrients such as Vitamin D. But it’s absolutely possible to get too much of a good thing which is why it’s important to expose yourself to the sun – safely. Here are a few safety tips for you and your family to get just enough of that summer sun!
There’s an App for That!
You can control your exposure to the sun by using the modern marvel that is your smartphone. You can find apps that take into account your complexion, age, what time of day it is, and where you live to determine how much exposure you need to get your daily dose of Vitamin D. For example, the farther north you live, the more sun you’ll need. The more fair skinned you are, the less. That way you can make sure you’re getting enough sun to stay balanced, but not do lasting damage. And don’t forget the sunscreen!
Slowly Ramp Up Exposure
After you’ve been inside all winter, it’s not a good idea to just lie out and get burned at the first opportunity. You can avoid painful sunburns by slowly building up your tolerance to the sun over the course of the summer. And if you’re going to be somewhere where you’re outside for longer than you're used to, utilize shade and sunblock to make sure you don’t burn. Basically, avoid burning at all costs, no matter how much time in the sun you’ve worked your way up to.
It is possible to sunbathe smartly; you just need to be aware of what you’re doing. Regular but brief exposure to the sun is the best course of action, instead of occasional longer periods. Work a week at a time to increase your time outside by as little as five minutes.
Fight Against Sunburn
Repeated sunburns have been linked to skin cancer, so the fewer burns you can experience, the better off you’ll be. This is especially true for children and those who have fair complexions, two groups more susceptible to sunburns.
To help keep the sunburns away this summer you should:
- Never fall asleep in the sun without protection
- Remember that you need sunblock even on cloudy days
- Take extra precautions when you’re out on the water
- Wear sunglasses, hats, and light colored clothing when out
- Wear sunscreen that is safe
Stay safe out there this summer!
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