Practicing safe sun during the summertime is not an easy task! Luckily, you don’t have to skip out on sunny days all together. Mindbodygreen just posted the article Why You Should Get Some Sun This Summer + How To Do It The Safe Way by Dr. Frank Lipman that really helps to break it down – thought I’d share!
Quick tips from the Dr:
Learn How to Sunbathe Smartly
Brief, regular exposures have been found to be much more effective and safer than the occasional long one. And sorry, but sitting by a sunny window just won’t do it, because the UVB rays necessary for vitamin D production are absorbed by glass.
To get your Ds, you’ll need to step outside. Set aside some time for short doses of sun-block-free exposure, but if you’ve had skin cancer, check with your doc first.
From there, start with a 5-minute shot of unblocked sun for week 1, every other day; step up to 10 minutes the next week, and 15 to 20 minutes for week 3.
To maximize your body’s natural Vitamin D production, build up to 20 to 30 minutes of mid-morning sun without sun block.
After your 30 minute max dose, it’s time to start sun blocking.
Sunburns are the Enemy – Not the Sun!
Some sun exposure is good, but get too much and you’re playing with fire. Remember it’s the repeated sunburns that have been linked — not regular, moderate sun exposure — so the fewer burns the better, particularly when it comes to kids and those with fair complexions.
To keep sunburns at bay this summer make sure you:
- Never fall asleep in the sun without protection.
- Don’t get fooled by cloudy days — they can burn you just as easily as a sunny one.
- Protect your skin, particularly if you’re in and out of the water, on a boat or cycling, when the breezes can make you less aware that you’re getting sun burned.
- Wear a hat, sunglasses and light-colored clothing to block the sun when out for longer periods.
- When it’s time to apply sunscreen, use one with as few chemicals as possible.
- Before you buy a sunscreen, first check out the Environmental Working Group’s list of safer sunscreens.
- Optimize vitamin D levels and its protective effects with a combinations of controlled sun exposure, a healthy whole food diet and supplementation with vita D3.
- And no matter what the season, please stay away from tanning beds! -Mindbodygreen + Dr. Frank Lipman
I think the whole article is a great read: Why You Should Get Some Sun This Summer + How To Do It The Safe Way by Dr. Frank Lipman
If you’re looking for a safe sunscreen that doesn’t look white, feel extra oily, or run in your eyes, try Beautycounter Protect Broadspectrum SPF 30 Face Sunscreen. Their sunscreen for the body is just as good, too! I love it for running, yoga outdoors, hiking, etc and I have sensitive skin so I can tell you – it does NOT sting!
Happy Summer! Enjoy the sun – xo.