Now that we are in the hottest part of summer in the midwest, let's talk about something important: Sun benefits without sun damage - How much sunshine do you need versus skin protection?
We know our bodies need vitamin D to stay healthy, but we also know we need to avoid the damaging UV rays which are the number one cause of aging and skin cancer. So, how can we achieve vitamin D safely?
Here's how you can do it:
- Always protect the areas of your body that experience the most sun. This would include your face, hands, ears, shoulders.
- Utilize 10 to 15 minutes of unprotected sun exposure to your arms, legs, abdomen, and back. This will give ample time to absorb enough sunlight for your body to make vitamin D.
- Your body is able to make vitamin D between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm. Make sure to do this during those hours.
- Once you've experienced your daily threshold, follow up with an SPF of at least 30 if you will continue to be in the sun.
So there we have it, my dears. If you are careful and take precautions, you'll be able to experience the benefits of both sun exposure and sun protection. Your skin and body will love you for it.