Vitamin D or Skin Protection: Do We Have to Choose?

Vitamin D or Skin Protection: Do We Have to Choose?

My niece found a beam of sunlight peeking through the window, stretched out on the floor, and moaned, “I soooo needed some Vitamin D!”.

Yes, we all need Vitamin D, but we don’t necessarily need it from the sun. Danes are experts at this; they are the healthiest (and happiest) group of people in the world, emotionally and physically. Yet, they receive a limited amount of sunlight. Vitamin D is nicknamed the sunshine vitamin because our bodies produce it after sun exposure, but this puts us at a crossroads because protecting ourselves from UV light is paramount to skin health.

It’s certainly true that weather can have a BIG impact on your mood, happy or otherwise. I happen to adore winter, rain and great thunderstorms. Nothing brings me joy like sitting by the fire, wrapped in a cashmere sweater and wool socks, listening to the wind howl. Others love summer and soaking up the sun… To each her own! As long as you remember that protected skin is the healthiest skin.

The bottom line is that if you want to have beautiful skin, protecting it from sun damage is a non-negotiable, no matter the weather. Fun fact: even if you’re sitting by a window, UV rays can penetrate glass. We recommend using SPF 30 on a daily basis, and finding a sunscreen that contains both zinc oxide and titanium oxide. These two ingredients are less likely to cause allergic reactions and can help in soothing sensitive or irritated skin. We don’t use SPF in our products for a myriad of efficacy reasons, so apply sunscreen after Hydro-Honey has fully absorbed each morning.

Consider finding a supplement as advised by your doctor so you don’t miss out on the benefits of Vitamin D, like regulating the absorption of calcium in your body and facilitating normal immune system function.

But if you’re like me and have a fear of topical sunscreen causing skin irritation or clogged pores, covering up and staying in the shade is also a great option. My personal summer favorite? A nice covered porch, a wide brimmed hat and a cool breeze… cocktail in hand!

Whichever way you choose to protect your skin from the sun, just know your skin will thank you for years to come.

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