Not everything about the sun is bad for us

It is well known that the sun’s rays can be damaging to your skin, but it is also important to bear in mind that the sun is very beneficial for us as it helps us build up a supply of vitamin D.

The question many people are going to be asking themselves is how much time exactly should they spend in the sun as you want to be sure that you don’t increase your risk of skin cancer, but you certainly don’t want a lack of vitamin D either.

One of the major concerns that people have in the UK is that the skin cancer rates are increasing faster than they ever have before. This is making doctors extra cautious and encouraging them to tell their patients to use a great deal of suncream, and not to spend too much time outside in the sun.

It is understood that the best way to avoid increasing your risk of skin cancer is to simply not spend enough time in the sun for you to burn. If you burn the chances of developing the most deadly type of skin cancer are increased, whereas if you spend time in the sun and don’t burn, then you don’t need to worry too much.

It is estimated that spending around 20 minutes in the sun each day is going to be enough to produce vitamin D without increasing the risk of skin cancer.

A study that has recently been completed in the UK has shown that the vast majority of cases of the most dangerous type of skin cancer are related to significant use of a sunbed. Sunbeds are well known to encourage skin cancer to develop so you should be certain to avoid them if you want to reduce your chance of developing cancer.