Vitamin D

Since we’re beginning to have more daylight and more sun throughout the day, it’s time to think about Vitamin D.

Yes, we do need Vitamin D. Do we need to use it topically? What is the best way to get the amount of Vitamin D needed to be healthy? What does it do for us?

As far as applying it topically, it is touted that it gives us elasticity, hydration, pore reduction and skin radiance. This may or may not be true.

Proper diet will do more for you and since Vitamin D is a fat-soluble (oil) vitamin that is found in very few foods. It is present in the skin of fatty fish (tuna, salmon and mackerel). Small amounts are also found in beef liver and egg yolks in the form of Vitamin D3. There are also supplements in fortified foods such as milk, butter and margarine. Other dairy products such as cheese are not typically fortified.

Being Vitamin D deficient is large and medically significant. These issues include improper nail growth, bone density disorders and both kidney and liver dysfunction. Excessive intake of Vitamin D can also cause anorexia, headaches and vomiting to name a few.

There are concerns that wearing sunscreen affects our ability to absorb Ultra Violet radiation. This is an extreme diagnosis. Sunscreens do allow some UV radiation to enter the body. It is sunblock (zinc oxide paste) that does not allow the absorption of any UVB radiation. Twenty minutes of sunlight 3 times a week will give you the proper amount of Vitamin D. In the end, if you do not wear sunscreen you are getting more than enough Vitamin D along with too much radiation.

Most people do not apply sunscreen to their neck, hands, legs and arms each day. This alone will allow adequate UVB radiation to give you all the Vitamin D you need.