Vitamin D is an important nutrient that helps you maintain strong bones. In addition to dietary supplements and food – which are important sources – the body manufactures it when skin is directly exposed to the sun. Most people meet some of their Vitamin D needs this way as they go about their day.

While the sun is vital to your body’s vitamin D production, there is a harmful side effect of getting too much sun exposure: the increased risk of skin cancer that comes from being outside without sunscreen may not be worth it.

Staying Safe in the Sun: The Danger of Too Much Vitamin D

Direct exposure to sunlight allows your body to produce vitamin D on its own. But too much exposure to the sun can have unfortunate side effects. Learn how to protect yourself from getting too much sun.

What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. In addition, it helps your muscles move, nerves carry messages, and your immune system as it fights off bacteria.

How Do I Get Vitamin D?

  • Food
  • Vitamin Supplements
  • Direct Sun Exposure

Risks of Sun Exposure

  • Staying out in the sun and getting a burn increases your risk of skin cancer2. Just 15 minutes of sun exposure is enough to damage your skin!
  • Too much bright light can actually harm your eyes!
  • Sun exposure can lead to heat stroke and sun poisoning!

Signs You’ve Been Out in the Sun Too Long

  • Sunburn – Severe sunburns can even lead to sun poisoning and  flu-like symptoms.
  • Dehydration – Feeling thirsty? Drink lots of water to stay hydrated if you’re outside in the sun.
  • Exhaustion – If you’re feeling really exhausted, you’ve been outside too long! Get inside!

How to Keep Yourself Safe in the Sun

Sunscreen

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that is rated at least SPF 30! This SPF blocks 97% of UV rays. Don’t forget about lip balm with a sunscreen, too!

Clothing and Hats

Wear loose-fitting clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to keep your head and body protected from the sun.

Sunglasses

Sunglasses do a lot more than make you look cool – they help protect your eyes from the sun and glare while driving.

Jobe’s Sun Screen and Sun Sail Products

Our Sun Sail and Sun Screen fabrics block 90% of harmful UV rays and reduce the temperature up to 15°F.

Jobe’s: We Grow Better Things

The sun is great for our gardens, our planet, and our health (most of the time). But it’s important to be safe out there. When you need a little extra shade, use Jobe’s Organics Sun Sails and Sun Screen products to beat the heat, protect your skin, and enjoy the outdoors.