Hello and welcome back to my blog! Today I’m going to be covering some of the major benefits of Vitamin D.
If you missed out on my previous articles, the past couple of weeks I’ve covered the benefits of adding Vitamin C to your skincare routine and just a fortnight ago, discussed the benefits of Vitamin A (Retinol) as well.
As you already know, I’m into everything, especially skincare and beauty. So my blog is really just an extension and outlet for that. I also work as a Doctor, and time after time I see so many people attending surgery with concerns of tiredness and fatigue and often, but not always, this can be related to Vitamin D, or a lack thereof. So I really just wanted to cover this and it’s relationship to skincare in this blog post. Yep, you guessed it… here comes the science.
What is it?
Vitamin D sometimes referred to as the “sunshine vitamin” is a fat-soluble vitamin produced in your skin in response to sunlight.
Why do I need it?
We need it to help the body absorb calcium and phosphate from our diet. These minerals are important for forming healthy bones, teeth and muscles. A deficiency can lead to bone deformities and pain.
How can I get it?
The main sources of Vitamin D are from sunlight, food and supplements.
As mentioned before this vitamin is produced in your skin when exposed to sunlight. From about late spring to the end of summer most people should be able to get all the vitamin D they need from sunlight.
It is also possible to buy supplements over the counter, to help improve your intake.
What about Vitamin D and anti-aging?
As mentioned before in my previous posts on Vitamin C in skincare. One of the key causes of premature aging is the environment. Sunlight is a key factor in that. But we need Vitamin D to maintain our health. So how can we get more Vitamin D safely?
Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all answer. Spending time outdoors for short periods of time with either your forearms, hands or lower legs uncovered from late March or early April to the end of September, especially from 11 am to 3 pm, should be sufficient exposure to sunlight. It is generally recommended to wear SPF to avoid overexposure to harmful sun-rays and prevent sunburn.
How long it takes for your skin to go red or burn varies from person to person. Cancer Research UK has a useful tool where you can find out your skin type, to see when you might be at risk of burning.
What if I have darker skin?
People with darker skin, African, Caribbean or South Asians, generally need to spend longer in the sun to produce the same amount of vitamin D as someone with lighter skin.
Will a window work?
The short answer is No. UVB rays needed to make Vitamin D can’t get through the glass.
What are the risks and how can I manage this?
The longer you stay in the sun, especially for prolonged periods without sunscreen, the greater your risk of developing skin cancer.
Cover up with loose clothing, wrap-around sunglasses. Find shade and apply SPF15 sunscreen as a minimum.
So in a nutshell, you need enough exposure but not too much as this is harmful. The best advice is to know your skin and know your limits. Don’t overdo it as not only would you be putting yourself at risk of premature ageing, your also increasing the risk of developing skin cancers.
To round up, as promised here are 5 amazing benefits:
- Vitamin D2 and D3 are good for your skin and improve its function as a barrier.
- It also repairs skin damage and can rejuvenate the skin.
- It’s great for skin conditions. Vitamin D is used in the treatment of psoriasis. Psoriasis symptoms include itchy and flaky skin, which can heal by the topical application of Vitamin D cream.
- Vitamin D3 contains great anti-inflammatory properties which make it effective for treating burns, skin injuries, skin damage and stretch marks. Which is why vitamin D is often added to many creams and lotions.
- The anti-oxidant present in Vitamin D prevents skin damage and premature aging of skin when taken via supplements or included our diets.
Thanks for reading x