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Published: Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:40 p.m. MDT

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Joe Schmoe
Orem, UT

This quote isn't correct,

"Every single time you have a suntan, your skin is darker than it normally is and you are causing damage to your skin."

You aren't meant to be pasty white. You need some sun to produce vitamin D. just don't overdo it. No sun is just as bad as too much sun. Everything in moderation.


...And in a later article we'll read about how we need more vitamin D and we should expose more of our bodies to the sun (saw such an article yesterday). Sunscreen supposedly blocks Vitamin D production and causes health problems of its own. Few such articles specify HOW MUCH time in the sun would be best... Derned if you do, derned if you don't... sigh

Fred T

The part of the sun’s rays that is important is ultraviolet B (UVB). This is the most natural way to get vitamin D.

Large amounts of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) are made in your skin when you expose all of your body to summer sun. This happens very quickly; around half the time it takes for your skin to turn pink and begin to burn. This could be just 15 minutes for a very fair skinned person, yet a couple of hours or more for a dark skinned person.

You don’t need to tan or to burn your skin in order to get the vitamin D you need. Exposing your skin for a short time will make all the vitamin D your body can produce in one day. In fact, your body can produce 10,000 to 25,000 IU of vitamin D in just a little under the time it takes for your skin to turn pink. You make the most vitamin D when you expose a large area of your skin, such as your back, rather than a small area such as your face or arms.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@Joe Schmoe

You only need about 10 minutes of sun exposure per day to get your skin to produce enough Vitamin D for your needs. This idea that we need hours of unprotected sun exposure is a myth propagated by people who think tan = beautiful and are looking for a justification for their vain behavior.

Lifelong Republican
Orem, UT

Yet all the old time farmers living to be 100 were out in the sun and ate bacon, butter, and steak.

Joe is right, everything in moderation.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Adjust based on your skin. If I'm out in the daytime for more than about 40 min I start burning. I know this about my skin so I use a lot of sunscreen and avoid burns.

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