The Dilemma with Vitamin D
12 May 2013
It might come as bit of a surprise but many of us are vitamin D deficient. Our body can only create its precursor vitamin D2 through sun exposure. Low levels of vitamin D can lead to seasonal defective disorder as well as dermatitis.
The Dilemma with D
There appears a fair amount of controversy around vitamin D purely because skin needs to come in contact with sunscreen-free UV light and we all know the sun's rays are highly destructive to our skin and are linked to skin cancer. While some experts say that all you need is about 10 minutes in the sun, others say if you were to add those 10 minutes up over your lifetime, it could be enough UV light to lead to skin cancer.
Vitamin D in Foods?
Unfortunately, asides cod liver oil; there are very few foods that contain vitamin D. Some foods, such as orange juice and most cereals have had Vitamin D added to them. However, just be sure it isn't laced with the cheaper precursor D2, which is much harder for your body to convert and less beneficial to your skin.
Here at sk:n we can help advise you on the best way to look after your skin, as well as safely manage to increase your vitamin D intake. We're the nation's skin specialist and experts on skin treatments tailored to your skin conditions. For more information on how we can help you with your skin needs simply click here.