It is common knowledge that too much sun exposure is bad for your skin. Most people also know that we need sunlight to make vitamin D, a micronutrient that aids bone growth and absorption of calcium, controls cell growth, regulates immunity, and helps prevent inflammation. Unfortunately, it can be tricky balance between getting the sunshine we need to produce adequate vitamin D and risking overexposure and skin cancer.
The recommended length of time in the sun depends on several factors, including time of day, geographical location, and the type of skin you have.
The more sensitive to light your skin is, the shorter the time in which it can protect itself from UV radiation. The following is a table of skin types, and the maximum time for each that should be spent in the sun, taken from an article published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI):
Both overexposure and underexposure to the sun can cause health problems. Too much sun can hasten the signs of aging and increase the risk for skin cancer. Not enough sun can result in vitamin D deficiency, which may be linked to a number of health problems, including diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, and autoimmune disorders.
If you suffer from any health conditions, it is important to receive the care you need. Our agency will be happy to review your health insurance policy to help ensure you have the coverage you need.