The Sun Vitamin
I always thought that Vitamin D was kind of cool. I mean, as an esthetician, how can I not appreciate a vitamin that is synthesized in the skin when through UV energy? Sure it raises a debate about SPF: To use or not to use? But I answer this like I do most things about health – its all about moderation. I use a natural sunblock on all areas that have high sun exposure and protect this real estate each and every day. But on other body parts, I let them be to soak up Vitamin D-friendly rays.
What’s so great about Vitamin D?
The whole kerfuffle about Vitamin D has come about because of the incidence of deficiency found in many North Americans. This is concerning considering that Vitamin D encourages calcium and phosphorus absorption, protects the immune system and may also lower our risk of cancer. Along with this, research has linked it to weight-management as well as muscle health.
Vitamin D and Anti-Aging
Lets back up the points about calcium absorption and muscle strength. Vitamin D helps us keep our bones and muscles strong. As we age, our bone and muscle mass decreases and ample Vitamin D helps guard again this depletion and supports healthy muscles and bones. How does this relate to skin aging? Wrinkles and firmness my friends! When our the structure underneath our skin (bones and muscles) lose mass, we acquire excess skin. Skin professionals call this “redundant skin”. This redundant skin is what makes folds, lines and droopiness on our faces and bodies.
So, anti-aging skincare cannot only mean applying moisturizer but also keeping our bodies strong and robust. Taking a Vitamin D supplement as well as getting some sun on our skin is just as important as applying eye creams and serums. That, and of course, building bone and muscle density through proper protein intake and exercise.