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The trend toward sunbathing is on the rise, according to a new survey from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.
More than half of American women aged 18-29 now prefer to go outside in their bathing suits, with nearly half of these women opting for a more informal style of sunbathes.
While it may seem like a logical choice for American women, the survey also found that most of them aren’t really comfortable doing so in public, particularly with other people around.
“Women who are comfortable and confident in their skin are more likely to want to be out and about,” said study co-author Rebecca Loeffler.
“They’re more comfortable in public places, they’re more likely not to get mugged, they are more comfortable walking alone, and they’re less likely to get a DUI or be arrested for a DUI.”
In fact, Loeeffler said, about 30 percent of American men and only 10 percent of women prefer to be in public.
That’s not a big deal, but it does make it hard to maintain your skin while wearing a suit.
“You need to feel comfortable and comfortable with yourself in public,” Loeaffler said.
“We need to make sure we’re not creating barriers that are more of a barrier for other people.”
So if you’re one of the women who don’t feel comfortable getting out and sunbathed, here are a few other options for avoiding the sun:Wear sunscreen, wear sunscreen in public (even if it’s not your favorite brand), and wear sunscreen during your outdoor activity, especially if you live in the South or in colder climates.
If you’re a male, avoid wearing sunscreen in any of these areas.