Most of the things in our diet that are perceived to be “bad for you,” such as salt and fat, are often beneficial and necessary when consumed in moderation. Likewise, even though too much exposure to the sun leads to skin damage, catching some of those rays is great for healthy living. But we have to be very careful not to over do it.

Skin exposure to the sun’s UVB rays produces vitamin D, a substance necessary for healthy bones. And therefore, if you hide in the shade or behind sunscreen all the time, you are missing out on the best way of obtaining vitamin D, and may become vitamin D deficient.

Here is what you can do: The period of up to 15 minutes of sun exposure is safe, and therefore when you’re at the beach or otherwise sunbathing, get your 15 minutes of sun in and then put your sunblock on.

If you’re concerned about wrinkles, aging skin, etc., you may start by protecting your face right away with a hat and/or sunscreen and getting your vitamin D through the rest of your body.

For more information about sun protection see the following post: How to Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage

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