The sun gets a bad rap for premature aging of our skin, increasing the risk of skin cancer, and of course, sunburns during the warmer months. Now, most of us can’t completely avoid the sun for our entire lives, and honestly, we shouldn’t. Don’t forget that the sun is important for our health and wellbeing as well.
Sunlight on our skin helps our bodies produce vitamin D, which is important in so many of our body processes, such as maintaining calcium levels, keeping bones healthy and strong, and so much more. It’s pretty common to be low on vitamin D, and sunlight can help most people bring their levels up to optimal levels. However, you only need around 15 minutes per day of sunlight (depending on your skin and the sun's strength in your location) to produce an adequate amount of vitamin D.
On the other hand, too much sun can damage your skin, causing it to age prematurely while increasing your skin cancer risk. But remember that sun damage to your skin is definitely preventable!
Below are some tips for preventing sun damage and keeping your skin healthy as you age.