Vitamin D and Your Skin

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Vitamin D, also known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ is more than just a buzzword you’ve heard a million times before. It actually has a bunch of really stellar health benefits and has been known to help a whole host of conditions, from depression and anxiety to osteoporosis. However, vitamin D is also really good for your skin and an invaluable tool in the fight against aging. Read on to find out why and how you should incorporate this super vitamin into your skincare routine today.

Vitamin D and your skin

First of all, what is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is a vitamin, naturally- but it’s considered special because it’s the only vitamin that your body can produce itself. Other vitamins, like vitamin C for example, can only be consumed through foods and supplements. But your body makes vitamin D when your skin comes into contact with sunlight. It is then carried through our bodies to the organs and bones that need it to get stronger. The fact that our skin almost acts are a conduit for the vitamin has caused doctors to sit up and take notice of its importance in skincare routines.

What can Vitamin D do for your skin?

The benefits of Vitamin D for your body are vast and well documented. Sufficient vitamin D makes sure your bones stay strong and healthy, as well as keep your endorphin levels up and reduce depression. Here are just a few of the the things it’s been known to do for your skin:

  • Stimulate collagen production
  • Enhance radiance
  • Lessen lines and the appearance of dark spots
  • Boost skin elasticity

As you can see, the pros read something like the ultimate laundry list of anti-aging benefits, which is why you should definitely consider incorporating it into your current skincare routine to help you appear more youthful and radiant.

How can I get more Vitamin D?

The answer isn’t as simple as just ‘go outside and play in the sun’, for a multitude of reasons. First of all, as we get older, our skin’s ability to create Vitamin D decreases (up to 75 percent from the age of 20 to 70). If you’re a little older, you might not be producing enough of it to stay healthy, even if you are outdoors fairly often. However, it’s a tricky a situation because exposure to the sun can actually accelerate the signs aging- so you need to stay protected when you are outside. In addition to spending more time outdoors, the best way to make sure you are getting enough Vitamin D would be to take a supplement or apply a topical cream, and incorporate foods that are rich in vitamin D into your diet. Things rich in fatty fish oils like salmon are particularly effective.

There are a number of very exciting and effective Vitamin D treatments available to the consumer which won’t just benefit your skin’s health, but your overall wellbeing too. Speak to your dermatologist or doctor to find out more about the solutions available to you. Here’s to a happy, healthy, sunny skincare regime in 2015.

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