In the 4 Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss mentioned that a person only needs 15 minutes for a melanin response in the body. This results in a natural tan and color in the skin. I decided to test this out and here are my results.
First off, my skin is naturally pale and I tend to burn more than tan. I rarely ever achieve a good tan.
I have been trying to tan about 3-4 times a week outside for 15 minutes a session. I did not apply any lotions. My results showed a good change in skin color, without much redness at all.
I also tried tanning about 3-4 times a week outside for 20 minutes a session. After about a week of this test, I saw a little more redness, but still a good tan.
Furthermore, I tried tanning about 3-4 times a week for 30 minutes a session. This week, I noticed I burned much more than the other weeks and I did not have as good of a color as the week I tanned for 15 minutes a session.
These are my results and I am planning to continue to tan for 15 minutes a few times a week. The 15 minutes of sun gives you enough Vitamin D that much of the population is deficient in. This is a very natural way to get Vitamin D and it will help prevent many cancers, improve your mood, and support immune health. Additionally, the sun helps raise your serotonin level, which plays a significant role in a person’s overall mood. Low serotonin levels are related to depression, which is why it is important to get sunlight in the winter when you get little exposure. Many people often end up burned and red after tanning. By tanning for 15 minutes, you will most likey avoid this harmful effect. These are some of the many benefits to trying a 15 minute tanning schedule. It is easy to incorporate into a daily schedule by eating breakfast outside, going for a run, engaging in an outdoor sporting activity, or just sitting on your porch listening to music.
For those of you who enjoy tanning beds, this would be a good alternative to try. There is no expense and it has been effective. I encourage people to try this for a week or two and see if it works for you. Again, life is an experiment, try something new!