The Vitamin D v’s Sunlight Conundrum
Can you prevent ageing in the skin of your face and receive the Vitamin D your body needs? Yes you can..............
Vitamin D V’s Sunlight Conundrum
Is it just me, or is everyone a little confused by the Vitamin D and sunlight debate? On one hand, we are told to avoid the potentially damaging Ultraviolet Light which the sun puts out, and on the other hand, we are told we need to have sufficient Vitamin D, which comes from sunlight!
Vitamin D is essential – What does it do in the skin?
There is no doubt that Vitamin D, actually a hormone, not a vitamin, is an essential, indispensable part of what gives us a healthy, long, younger acting and therefore beautiful skin. We need this to keep our skin healthy, soft and smooth and we get it by allowing the UV’s to penetrate our skin. It is this sunlight which creates the Vitamin D which is essential to our skin’s and our body’s wellbeing.
Vitamin D in our skin assists the healthy replacement of our constantly dying cells and improves our cellular metabolism, which is exactly what we need as our skin ages. If we have good levels of Vitamin D in our skin, immunity is improved, free radicals can be repaired or destroyed and conditions such as rosacea, eczema and psoriasis can be decreased. So you can see why we need it!
But unfortunately, sunlight also damages our skin, ageing us faster and giving us fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, dullness, rough texture and increases our chance of developing skin cancers.
It’s just not fair!!
So how do we get enough Vitamin D without damaging our skin?
- Ensure you between 20-30 minutes per day of sunlight. Perhaps it’s time to exercise! Expose your arms, legs or tummy. Just try to avoid the middle of the day when the UV is at it’s highest
- Be aware that the skin on your face is thinner than the skin on the rest of your body. So if you are concerned about damaging your skin, or premature ageing, then this is the place to protect with sunblocks and hats
- Use a physical sunblock, sunglasses and a hat if you are out during the high UV times, Zinc is a much safer ingredient than any of the ingredients you will find in a chemical sunblock. The Colorscience SPF 50 powder is easy – just brush it on when you need it!
- Eat Vitamin D rich foods such as oily fish, veggies, eggs, and beef
- Take a Vitamin D supplement daily and ensure it also contains Magnesium and Calcium – they are the magic trio!
So if we all follow these rules, we should have the essential Vitamin D we need without damaging our skin.