Avoiding Over-Tanning (Vit D)

Answered on September 09, 2013
Created September 08, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Is there a way to avoid over-tanning?

I've been sun bathing regularly for optimal vitamin D levels and my skin has darkened significantly. I like my current skin tone and I don't want to tan further.

This source says "You can actually get vitamin D without significantly darkening your skin, because the UVB wavelength does not stimulate the melanin pigment to produce a tan." But it does not elaborate on how to do this

Any ideas?

FYI: If it turns out it's not possible to sun bath without getting darker, I'll choose my health over my skin tone.

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on September 08, 2013
at 11:59 PM

I'm someone who also darkens quickly. I literally get a shade darker with each hour session under the sun - I would get tan lines from a single session, such as based on some partial covering is placed - that's how fast I tan, so sunshine is no good for me as a source of Vitamin D. I would darken to the point of resembling someone of a tropical ethnic group, if I did not stop.



on September 08, 2013
at 11:21 PM

Considering you need mere minutes of sun before you stop producing vitamin D, you should be able to sun for 10-15 minutes a day without getting too dark and still getting adequate vitamin D production.

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