Do you still like to sunbathe despite the health warnings?
Uh...yes. I know, it's terrible, and I do wear sun screen, but I know, that doesn't guarantee anything. I'm srcrewed. I'm a total sun worshiper.
On occasion, yes. I actually tried sunbathing yesterday. It is only March and I got a little sunburned on my face! This is going to be a horrid summer...
I think everything in moderation is okay. Getting sun exposure is really good for your Vitamin D levels. But, getting sunburned is obviously a sign that you got too much. Getting out in the sun in the mornings or late afternoon without any sunscreen for a period of 15-20 minutes is really good for you. If you're going to be out longer than that, especially during the peak sun time (10-2), you definitely should be wearing sunscreen to prevent sunburn and the chance of skin cancer down the road.
When the sun hits your skin, your body makes vitamin D which has many healthful benefits. It does not work if there is sunscreen or glass between the sun and the skin. Just make sure that you do not let your skin burn -- then it is over-doing it and when skin burn it is harmful.
No. I burned and peeled and tanned as a kid in the 70s, a teen in the 80s, and stopped when I turned 29. I wish I had stopped earlier. Now I prefer pale, but still get outside for my vitamin D... Just not by lying on a beach for five hours!
Blissfullwriter, I think you are right, in moderation sunlight is a good thing. Too much is bad.
Sunbathing is great for you. It is also the best way to prevent sunburn. How? How do you prevent a hernia? By doing a sit-up with a 500 pound weight? No, you work up to it. How do you learn calculus? Do you take a course on it in kindergarten? No, you work up to is by taking easier math classes. So you avoid sunburn by gradually increasing your time in the sun so that your skin gets darker and darker. I should make a hub about it.
Pease note that if you only go out in the sun before 10:00 AM and after 3:00 PM you will get plenty of UV-A but you will not get enough UV-B to give you vitamin D.
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