The brief answer is YES, but in moderation like everything else, you need the sun as part of a healthy living.
The sun is not bad for you in small amounts. It's overexposure to sun's UV rays that can be bad. Exposure to the sun in the right amount provides necessary Vitamin D for the body.
Doctors are now saying people aren't getting enough Vitamin D because they're staying out of the sun and not drinking enough milk. But you can get Vitamin D through supplements, you do not have to risk skin cancer or being grilled to get it.
The point is that all things are only good in moderation. Once you exceed moderation then nasty things start to happen. Excessive exposure to the sun on the skin will destroy the natural qualities and lead to problems in later life or earlier.
So whilst you may love to lay on that beach and barbeque yourself like a burger, when you get beyond your 50`s, if you have not already developed skin cancer, you may find you have an incurable skin condition of rashes, dry skin, wrinkles, rough skin and itching. rather resembling an over-dried fig.
Human races have evolved by natural selection to exist in the Global region they originate from. Dark skinned races are naturally equipped for hot environments and their skin is designed by evolution to be unaffected by the suns vicious rays. White races on the other hand are not equipped for excessive exposure to the suns UV rays by virtue of their evolutionary geographic location..
But we all love to look brown and healthy instead of white and pasty. Well good luck, enjoy destroying your skins natural texture for reasons of personal vanity and short term visual benefits in early life.
Edited by yabbadoo, 28 July 2013 - 07:46 AM.