Summer is here, the season wholly devoted to leisure and fun with the people you love. Summer is often characterized by several activities such as drinking, swimming and sunbathing.
Sunbathing is loved by most because it’s so therapeutic and relaxing. It also has several health benefits, both mental and physical.
However, most people do sunbathe to tan. It gives the skin that great dark look hence improves one’s appearance.
During the summer, as the temperatures keep soaring. You might be tempted to try some naked sunbathing in your garden/backyard.
Indeed, tan lines are painful, and nude sunbathing is the best remedy. It ensures your skin is appealing from the tip to the top.
However, some people do not have the luxury of doing it from the tropical beaches; therefore choose to do it from the backyard of their private properties.
Is it legal to sunbathe in your backyard?
Yes, it’s legal to sunbathe in your backyard. However, ensure to stay on your property and cannot be viewed by the general public. In addition, it would be great if one part of your backyard is screened. This ensures your privacy.
However, the rules of sunbathing vary according to the states. Therefore, it’s always advisable that you inform your neighbors about your intentions to sunbathe naked in your backyard. This will help avoid any awkward situations between you and them.
How To Secure Your Backyard
Back yard tanning is so convenient and inexpensive. But it does have its mishaps; you are at risk of being watched by nosy neighbors. To avoid such, you can build yourself a comfortable space by setting up a fence, which will ensure your privacy and safety.
Below are some of the tips on how to secure your backyard for sunbathing
Plant a hedge around your backyard, specifically at the space you intend to sunbathe from. However, hedges do take years to grow. When still small, you can reinforce the area with a wooden fence.
When mature, hedges give as much privacy as the wooden fence and add to the aesthetic of your compound.
Hedges can be controlled to any reasonable height; 6 feet is enough for your privacy. On the downside, hedges do take a lot of time to grow.
It’s also expensive to develop a thick a great hedge, which is thick and high. Finally, maintaining the hedge is another great deal since its laborious.
2. Build a wood fence
For complete privacy, you can use solid wood slats. However, do not leave any space between the woods. This will prevent the neighbours or passersby from peeping.
The fence should be 6 feet tall; build the fence as high as possible if your house and backyard are located downhill.
You can paint the woods to match them with your backyard theme. Alternatively, you can leave them in their original colours.
3. Bushes and shrubs
You can also select and plant other bushes and shrubs. These are ideal when you only wish to secure one part of your backyard.
When selecting, choose the plants with controlled growth, those which cannot grow so high to the extent of blocking the sunlight and creating shadows to your backyard. They should be hardy to withstand the hot sun during the summer season.
4. Opaque panel Curtains
Curtains can give that needed privacy. They can effectively block the view and at the same time bring the sense of indoor/outdoor.
The curtains should be opaque and firmly placed to prevent them from being blown or torn by the winds.
If your backyard has a gate, ensure it can be well secured from the inside. This prevents people from walking into your backyard whilst you are having a great time.
5. Retractable backyard screens
Backyard screens aren’t the best privacy solutions. However, they are cheap and quick to fix. The screen can be acquired online or in any home improvement shop. Ideally, they are fitted on the wood subfloors like the deck or concrete via concrete fasteners.
It might cost you between $100 to $300, dependent on size and configuration. You can do the configurations by yourself.
Benefits Of Sunbathing
Most people sunbathe to tan, it has several great benefits such as; helps the body to synthesis the vitamin d which is essential to our bodies.
However, although vitamin D can be found in various foods, it’s not always enough. Hence most people tend to suffer from its deficiency. Some other notable benefits of vitamin D are:
1. Fights depression
Sunbathe are known to boost one’s mood. This is because it triggers the brain to release the hormone serotonin.
This hormone has a positive effect on one’s perspective, and it makes you feel relaxed. However, consider it; a 15 minute sunbathe is enough and will leave you feeling relaxed.
2. Induces sleep
It’s one of the best remedies for insomnia. Instead of taking sleeping pills, you should try sunbathing. It helps in the production of the hormone melatonin. This hormone increases the quality of your sleep.
3. Boosts immune system
Vitamin D, just like other essential vitamins, helps the body to fight diseases such as cancer, flu and heart diseases.
4. Helps in regulating blood pressure
Yes, sunbathing is a leisure activity that can help keep your blood pressure in check. High blood pressure is a critical health issue that should be avoided in ways possible. Research suggests that sunbathing triggers the release of nitric oxide. Commonly found in the uppermost layer of the skin. Nitric acid does not improve the blood flow rate by widening the blood vessels.
5. Stronger bones
Sunbathing triggers the produce vitamin D, which in turn help the body in absorption of calcium. Calcium ensures stronger bones and prevents arthritis.
Risks Of Sunbathing
Sunbathing has several risks if done excessively. First, it is known to darken the skin by forming the brown-coloured pigment melanin, protecting the skin from the dangerous UV light rays.
In as much as it protects you from the UV rays, the existence of tan might be a sign of skin damage. If the damaged skin cells fail to heal, they can grow into cancerous cells.
Sunbathing is also known to cause burns, which are painful and can turn into blisters.
How Long Can You Sunbathe?
Sunbathing time is dependent on one’s skin color. For example, a person with dark skin will sunbathe longer compared to one with light skin.
It’s because one with light skin faces the risk of experiencing a burn. Climates, proximity to the equator are other factors when it comes to sunbathing time.
However, researchers suggest that one should sunbathe for a maximum of 20 minutes when not using sunscreen. To avoid the risk of skin burn, you should sunbathe for 5-10 minutes.
Sunbathing Tips And Precautions
For it to be as effective, you should follow the given tips. They help prevent unnecessary complications. Here are some of the directions and precautions.
1. Always use sunscreen
The most preferred sunscreen is that which has an SPF of 30. It’s strong enough to protect your skin from the UVA and UVB rays. Always ensure that the tanning oil you are using contains sun protection.
2. Choose the sunbathing time wisely
We have different preferences; some might want to turn quickly. Note that the sun is always strongest from noon to around 3 pm.
However, do not stay under the sun for long at these hours. It will do more harm than great. You can be at risk of getting skin cancer. For those with light and delicate skins, you should sunbathe during the morning hours.
4. Check the UV index
This helps in measuring the suns intensity of a place at a particular time. It will help you to know when the sun will be intense. This gives you the chance to make informed decisions before sunbathing.
5. Change positions
It would be best if you changed your laying positions quite frequent. This prevents you from burning one side of your body, and it ensures even skin tan.
6. Drink water
The sun is always hot when sunbathing you lose a lot of water through sweating. So to hydrate, drink an incredible amount of water.
Water keeps your body temperature in check and maintains your skin health. Avoid other beverages like alcohol which increase the rate at which your body dehydrates.
7. Dress well
Please dress for the heat; it can become so extreme. Put on some loose-fitting but comfortable cotton clothes; they should be breathable, To avoid feeling too hot.
Each year individuals hit their local salons for tanning. Indoor tanning is popular and a great way to get a tan, but it’s not the only way.
Sunbathing from your property has several health benefits and can prove to be cheap. More so to those who heavily spend on indoor tanning.
Sunbathing in the backyard of your private property is not illegal. However, this is dependent mainly on how the law views nudity in your state. Check with your state rules first to know the requirements.