There is a correlation between wellbeing and vitamin D that is shown in our health and also skin condition. Vitamin D supports the immune and nervous system, regulates insulin and is vital for our biological function. Most of the vitamin comes via UV light that penetrates our skin and that’s why we see so many people with Vitamin D deficiency right now – the Coronavirus prevented people from going outside and filling our natural reservoir with Vitamin D (simplified of course).
It is very hard to predict how much vitamin D a person needs as it depends on the diet, climate, time of the year and the skin color. We can get the necessary amount of it by sun exposure and with a diet that consist of salmon, eggs, mushrooms and milk. It’s good to know that Vitamin D produced in the skin by sun exposure may last at least twice as long as ingested Vitamin D. But before you grab the beach towel keep in mind that sun exposure is not always good. More about that at the end of this article.
HOW DOES THE VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY EFFECT YOUR SKIN?
Vitamin D deficiency is associated with inflammation, increased dryness, infections and a weaker skin barrier. This affects specially people who are acne and eczema prone or who have problems with rosacea. Another side effect are wrinkles, which are the result of collagen deficiency, where the skin ages prematurely.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF VITAMIN D?
1.) Age-related regeneration
High Vitamin D blood levels are associated with a decreased risk for the age-related skin degeneration. There have been also many studies, which suggested a connection between low Vitamin D levels and increase risk of cancer (colon).
2.) Anti-inflammatory effect.
Vitamin D also decreases cell proliferation and stops the growth of new blood vessels, which has a significant anti-inflammatory effect. This is usually applied with a cream treatment for mild to moderate inflammations, especially for eczema or vitiligo.
Because of the synthesis of the Vitamin D from the sun exposure most of us feel better when it's sunny. Higher levels of Vitamin D have been linked to a happier mood and is helping reduced the symptoms of depression.
4.) Other health benefits
Vitamin D is connected to prompt changes on the cellular level. It effects our bone health, insulin control, lowers blood pressure and improves hearth health.
SKIN CARE PRODUCTS AND SUPPLEMENTS
Vitamin D can be applied with a skin care product or consumed with different easy-to-get supplements. But we need to be cautious while doing so. Most of the Vitamin D can be applied with oil-based products, which can be too heavy for some and can clog the skin. Supplements on the other hand are dangerous as we don’t know exactly what are out Vitamin D levels and what’s too much – excessive amounts of Vitamin D can lead to kidney failure, nausea and vomiting.
WHAT TO DO FOR THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF VITAMIN D?
Studies suggest that a normal sun exposure and a healthy diet is enough to replenish your Vitamin D levels on a daily basis. But be aware that the sun is not all good – too much sun and you could risk sun burn and skin cancer in long term. That’s where sunscreen comes in – we recommend a product of at least 30 SPF whenever you go out (even in winter). The skin will thank you later!