What are the dangers of sun exposure?

The first danger of too much time in the sun is sunburn. Sunburn equals sun damage. With repeated sun damage, the skin starts to look dry, wrinkled, and leathery. Non bueno. However, the sun’s most dangerous threat is that it is the major cause of skin cancer.

Does the sun have benefits?

Many people have been taught that your body needs sunlight to make vitamin D. However, today, many foods are fortified with vitamin D. Thus, sun exposure is not so critical for the body’s vitamin D supply as it used to be.

How can I avoid the harmful effects of the sun?

  • Stay out of the sun to avoid sun damage.
  • If you are outdoors, always wear sunscreen. In fact, use it every day even if you don’t go outside.
  • Wear protective clothing…long sleeves, slacks, and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Don’t forget to protect your eyes as well by wearing sunglasses that filter UV light.