Let me start off with what SPF does and why it’s so important that we use it?
SPF (sun protection factor) is a relative measure of how long a sunscreen will protect you from ultra violet rays. SPF protects us from the suns damaging rays which causes a reddening to the skin resulting in a sunburn, which can lead to skin cancer over time if the skin isn’t properly protected.
Sun damage is one of the many causes of uneven skin tones,with the daily use of sunscreen it can help to prevent those effects. Most importantly daily wear of sunscreen greatly reduces the risk of developing a variety of skin cancers, especially melanoma. Melanoma is an extremely aggressive type of skin cancer and can be life threatening for many women and men.
Overall skin health is optimal when using sunscreen of an SPF of 20 or higher. Essentials proteins in the skin like keratin are protected with daily use of your SPF. These proteins are the main reason for keeping your skin looking its best!
What is Vitamin D and its role in the body?
Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium which aids in building strong and healthy bones.
MYTHS vs Facts
Myth – I thought using sunscreen leads to a Vitamin D deficiency?
Myth – The best way to obtain enough Vitamin D is through unprotected skin?
Fact – It doesn’t take much sun exposure for the body to produce Vitamin D. Even those who with unprotected skin, the recommended amount is not more than 15 minutes of sun exposure 2 to 3 times a week. Followed by a good sun protection regimen. In the duration of a 15 minute time frame your body produces all the vitamin D it actually needs. If you are over the duration of 15 mins, your body automatically starts to dispose of the vitamin to avoid the overload of it. At which point your sun exposure is giving you nothing but sun damage without any presumed benefits.
You are what you eat!
You can obtain enough vitamin D through a combination of diet and supplements. Salmon, tuna, eggs, cheese, yogurt, fortified cereal, fortified orange juice, mushrooms and milk are all great choices to keep you and your skin happy!
Until next time keep your skin as happy as you, wear your SPF!
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