How many minutes a day is recommended for tanning/sunbathing?

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  1. ii3rittles profile image79
    ii3rittlesposted 12 years ago

    How many minutes a day is recommended for tanning/sunbathing?

    I'm doing one hour most days. I don't burn and I use coconut oil for sunblock/tanning oil.

  2. stars439 profile image59
    stars439posted 12 years ago

    I do not know, but be careful because too much sun is not good. GBY.

  3. Larry Fields profile image67
    Larry Fieldsposted 12 years ago

    Good question, and also a tough question.

    There's been some really good press in recent years about the health benefits of Vitamin D. If you don't get some sun exposure--and don't take a multivitamin--your Vitamin D status may be less than optimal. Good food sources include tuna, mushrooms, eggs, and butter.

    Once you've optimized your Vitamin D, a lot of UV exposure beyond that will increase your risk of skin cancer.

    I'm very fair-skinned, and get sunburn just from thinking about the sun. OK, I'm exaggerating slightly. But I'm probably more at risk than you are.

    My understanding is that the jury is still out on the extent to which sunblock decreases the risk of skin cancer. Although coconut oil may be a good general skin care product, it's not a good sunblock.

    Sorry, I can't give you a firm number of minutes of sunbathing per day.

  4. ii3rittles profile image79
    ii3rittlesposted 12 years ago

    Coconut oil is actually natural sun block. look up info on it. The stuff is quite amazing on what it can do for both skin and body. Most sun blocks have it in um. I for one wont use sunblock because your baking chemicals on your skin. The sun doesn't give you skin cancer. The crap you put and use on your skin before going into the sun is what gives you skin cancer.

  5. kirsteno profile image60
    kirstenoposted 12 years ago

    I don't think anyone really should tan/sunbathe.  It's not good for your skin.

  6. edhan profile image38
    edhanposted 12 years ago

    Tanning too much will cause cancer on the skin. So, with the sun temperature being so hot nowadays, it is better not to expose yourself too much. Get a better sunblock to avoid getting skin cancer.

  7. JMAW profile image60
    JMAWposted 12 years ago

    depends on time of day and the SPF sunscreen.  it is advisable to not sun yourself between 10-3 because those are considered peak hours.  i have a couple tattoos so I use sunscreen when I'm swimming but i rarely lay out in the sun like alot of people.  I do spend alot of time in the sun because I live in Hawaii though so, i'll use hats, other things to cover up.  a lasting tan comes over time, just like anything else, a little bit a day will give more long-term results imo

  8. vellos profile image60
    vellosposted 12 years ago

    There is no one answer for every person. It depends on your skin type, whether you've recently tanned, etc.

    To be safe, start out slowly. You might tan from 10-20 minutes your first time out. Lean towards the lower end if you are very pale or haven't tanned in some time. Then you can gradually increase your time in the sun. If you notice any burning, then cut back but the point is not to get that far.

  9. Loveslove profile image61
    Lovesloveposted 12 years ago

    NON..dont do it unless you want to risk skin cancer.
    Since my cousin died at 25 from skin cancer ,which started as a small mole on her leg
    I do not intentionally sun bathe...the only tan I get is from just exposure to the air when going about my daily life.....a life which could be cut short if I get skin cancer from sunbathing...

    DONT DO IT  AT ALL !!!

  10. feenix profile image59
    feenixposted 12 years ago

    I recomment 0 minutes. OOOPS! I probably should not have answered this question; I have a natural, permanent tan.

    Seriously, though, I worked in the health insurance industry for a number of years and around the late 1970s, I started seeing a growing number of claims for the treatment of skin cancer and I had no doubt that one of the primary things behind that was the up-and-coming "tanning trend". So, my recommendation is that people spend only about half an hour (and no more than three times a week) sunbathing or lying in "tanning machines".

  11. Brinafr3sh profile image80
    Brinafr3shposted 12 years ago

    I believe for sun tanning, its been said to be for about 15 minutes a day.

  12. sairakhan profile image41
    sairakhanposted 12 years ago

    i didn't like sun bathing because i like my skin colour.Moreover i am in India there is no trend of sunbathing over here.

  13. profile image0
    vinsanityposted 12 years ago

    Usually an hour, although you have to think about how much sun your getting outside of the tanning booth. It can all add up to a dangerous amount.

  14. profile image0
    Temirahposted 11 years ago

    The National Osteoporosis Society ( recommends 15-20 minutes sun exposure 3-4 times a week, without sunscreen.  Expose your face and arms, even on cloudy days, as we need vitamin D from sunlight in order to absorb calcium.  Be careful not to burn. So, sensibly that would mean staying out of the sun when it's at its highest (11-2pm-ish). 
    Vitamin  D is vital for maintaining strong bones and a healthy tan (an emotive phrase as a lot of people don't believe there is such a thing) can add to wellbeing. 
    The key is not to burn, which damages the skin and as it repairs itself cells can mutate and become cancerous.  Long term sun exposure leads to premature ageing - wrinkles and loss of the skin's elasticity. 
    Moderation in all things is a good philosphy for life.

  15. JayeWisdom profile image91
    JayeWisdomposted 11 years ago

    Even if you don't burn, when your skin tans, it is actually because the sun is causing damage to your skin. This may not seem important to you if you're young and having a tan is a top priority for you.

    However, skin cancer isn't only a worry for older people these days. There is now a high incidence of young people with melanoma, which is the most dangerous of skin cancers because it metastasizes so quickly and often proves fatal. My cousin died with melanoma, even after multiple surgeries and other treatment.

    People with blue or green eyes are more at risk for melanoma, but anyone--even people of color--can get sun damage and skin cancer.   Is having a tan worth that outcome?

    I'm nearly 68 years old and never liked being out in the sun enough to have a suntan, yet I have sun damage simply because for many years (before I knew the danger of sun damage and began using sunblock daily) my skin was exposed to the dangerous rays of the sun while driving or the short time I was outdoors.  I'm having a basal cell skin cancer removed from my skin in two weeks, and will likely need a skin graft. Basal cell is the least dangerous of the skin cancer types (if it doesn't grow too long), yet it can go deeply enough that removal can be disfiguring. Is a suntan worth a bad scar on your face?

    Only you can answer the questions I've asked, but I hope you will take what I've written to heart. I cautioned younger family and friends about the dangers of suntanning (including tanning booths) for years, but mostly they didn't pay much attention until the sun damage began showing on their faces. After you can see it, the damage is done. You may not get cancer for years (or you may get it sooner rather than later, especially melanoma).

    I realize this is a "preachy" answer, but I truly worry about the harm that suntanning can cause. I hope you will take my answer in the helpful spirit in which it is intended.

  16. erorantes profile image55
    erorantesposted 10 years ago

    The Doctors  advice is 15 minutes on the sun until you tan.If you do not tan ask your doctor.

  17. suzettenaples profile image89
    suzettenaplesposted 9 years ago

    All that is needed is fifteen to twenty minutes a day to get the amount of Vitamin D our bodies need and the amount for our skin.  However, we might want to sunbathe more, but I'm not sure it is good for the skin.


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