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Is prolonged sun exposure a bad thing?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 14, 2011 at 1:21 PM

I have a vitamin D deficiency, and went on vacation to the beach, and after that I immediately went to France (great meat there, and great eggs :D). The weather wasn't that bad, but as soon as there was a lot of sun I immediately went outside and read on a chair. Sometimes I did that for 3 hours at 30??C (86??F). I usually ended up quite red, but I'm not a person that gets burned easily for some reason (I would have to stay in the sun all day to get burned a bit, and even then I'd like it). Is it bad to stay in the sun that long? After all, I had a vitamin D deficiency, and need it ...

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on August 15, 2011
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if you can already see that your skin is pink in the sun, it will be TOMATO red once you get inside. sometimes the burn color lags behind the actual sunburn.

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on August 14, 2011
at 02:46 PM

and yet they recommend only supplementing 600-1,000 IU for adults. so ridiculous! I love my vitamin D- sun and cod liver oil.

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on August 14, 2011
at 01:49 PM

That's strange ... Like I said, I don't get burned easily and I probably had a vitamin D deficiency for years.

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on August 14, 2011
at 01:29 PM

I have read that you are less apt to burn if your vitamin D levels are high. Getting burned is not good for the skin but avoiding the sun isn't either.

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on August 14, 2011
at 04:27 PM

Once your skin begins to turn pink, you are not absorbing vitamin D any more, only damaging your skin. You can gradually build up the amount of time it takes to get to that point...the darker your skin, the less efficient your body is at making the conversion of vitamin D from sunlight, and vice versa.

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on August 14, 2011
at 02:42 PM

Burning = bad. Sun in moderate amounts = good. Sun time built up gradually to create base tan & lack of burning when exposed for a longer time = great. 15 to 30 minutes will give light skinned people in temperate latitudes midsummer 10-20K IU of D.

4b61b13ed39e5c5d01fe234900cadcf8

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on August 14, 2011
at 02:46 PM

and yet they recommend only supplementing 600-1,000 IU for adults. so ridiculous! I love my vitamin D- sun and cod liver oil.

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on August 15, 2011
at 02:17 PM

As someone who works outdoors, needs vitamin D, and has had several melanoma scares, too much sun can be bad. Personally, I'll use sunscreen if I'm going to be working in an open field for more than a few hours—though this isn't ideal. Alternate with some shade before your skin burns.

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on August 14, 2011
at 04:51 PM

Stay in the sun until your skin feels hot and starts getting pink, then it's best to get in some shade.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on August 15, 2011
at 02:29 PM

if you can already see that your skin is pink in the sun, it will be TOMATO red once you get inside. sometimes the burn color lags behind the actual sunburn.

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