Why is vitamin D important?
Vitamin D is vital for healthy bones, teeth, and muscles, as it helps the body to absorb calcium and phosphate from your diet. Suffering from a vitamin D deficiency could lead to some really bad health problems like soft and weak bones. The sun is one of the best sources for this vitamin but is also one of the biggest causes of skin cancer. Consequently, you just need to find the right balance between a healthy dose of sunlight and excessive sun exposure.
How long can you be under the sun?
Most people can make enough vitamin D from being out in the sun daily for short periods. What’s more, you only need to have your forearms, hands or lowers legs uncovered to get an effective amount of vitamin D production. So we are sorry to say that for those who love to sunbathe, it is both detrimental to your health as well as being an entirely unnecessary risk.
What factors are at play with vitamin production?
It is important to remember that there are several factors that can impact how much vitamin D is made from sunlight, such as your skin colour. People with dark skin will need to spend longer in the sun to produce the same amount of vitamin D as someone with lighter skin.
However, regardless of skin colour, you should still be vigilant about protecting your skin from burning. According to Cancer Research UK, though people with naturally brown or black skin are less likely to develop skin cancer, it does not make them invincible to it. Often, the most common parts of the body that are not exposed such as the soles of the feet can be affected by skin cancer.
Sources: Cancer Research NHS