Summer is coming :) For anyone out there already dealing with skin damage and/or basal cell carcinoma, will you change your sun exposure habits, wear sunscreen or avoid the sun altogether and just supplement D?
At 39 years old, I have already had three BCCs removed from my back along with several other skin issues from sun exposure. I used to have a tanning bed and spent many hours sunbathing outdoors as well. I have had sunburns in my life (Scottish descent, brown hair/eyes, naturally pale with freckles but I do tan well with measured exposure). My dermatologist of course thinks any sun exposure is certain death and wants me to never walk outdoors again in my life without full sleeves/pants/hat and SPF of 1,000,000 slathered all over my body. Okay I am sure you can tell by my attitude that I am really not happy about decreasing my sun exposure.
Being paleo now for a year and supplementing with Vit D all winter (very low fructose and PUFA), I do not burn until I have been exposed outdoors for 45 minutes (used to be about 15 minutes). So I am thinking that nature knows best and that even for sun-damaged people like me it is okay to be in the sun for a little less than the amount of time it takes to turn pink. I'm planning on 1 hour of outdoor sun measured over the course of a week in a bathing suit or shorts, wearing a hat with SPF 30 on my face, neck and chest. No tanning beds. I would like to get more time in the sun than that, but there is such conflicting information out there that I guess I will be a little more cautious than I prefer and re-evaluate next year after examination by the derm.