I love getting as much Vitamin D as possible in the summer and am always striving for the perfect tan.
It can be difficult to find that perfect balance of sun without getting too much though. There is a fine line between too much and too little sun exposure and involves factors such as age, location and skin type. The right amount helps your body create vitamin D; too much can damage your skin, eyes, and possibly your immune system.
What if there was a way to determine how much sun you actually need? Guess what, there are a few.
- QSun – Vitamin D & UV Tracker:
Find your current UV index and get info on sunset and sunrise times, then receive personalized recommendations for safe fun in the sun. Once you enter your location, you will receive information about the times of day when you are more likely to burn and how long you can stay out in the sun before you have the potential to start burning. You can also create an account to get more personalized features based on your skin tone.
- SunDay – Vitamin D & UV Tracker:
This app provides a timer that warns you of sunburn risks and can estimate the amount of Vitamin D you received. Enter your age, skin type and even the clothes you are wearing; it also asks you to take a picture of the sun so the UV scanner can evaluate the conditions. Once all the data is gathered, the app recommends the amount of time to spend in the sun.
- REAPPLY – The Sunscreen Timekeeper:
If you are serious about wearing enough sunscreen each day, then this is the app for you. This app sends notifications to apply sunscreen each morning, and when to reapply throughout the day. It goes even further, to tell you when you should move to the shade.
- Sola – Sun UV & Vitamin D Timer:
This app allows you to check current UV exposure on your phone, iPad, or even your Apple Watch. It also includes a timer to use while sunbathing to help prevent burns. Once you finished their quiz, you are ready to go as long as you are comfortable getting a subscription.
- UV Index Widget:
A colorful wheel displays the current UV levels in your area. It also shares important information regarding exposure to harmful rays. You can tap and hold the wheel’s center to see what time of day your area’s peak UV happens.
Summer is ending soon, so get out there and enjoy safely!