How long should I stay in the sun?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
You can safely soak up the sun -- and get all its vitamin D benefits -- without risking skin cancer. It's okay to sit in the sun for up to 20 minutes a day without sunscreen protection. On a sunny day in July, four minutes of midday sun on the fairest skin produces 1,000 IUs of vitamin D. The darkest skin will need 11 to 15 minutes for the same.

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hing and sunscreen outdoors, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the suns rays are strongest. Choose a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 15 or higher. Apply about 15 to 30 minutes before going outside, then reapply every two hours.
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