Do You Skip Sunscreen To Get Vitamin D?

Even though Americans are increasingly aware of the direct link between sun exposure and skin cancer, less than half of us apply sunscreen regularly. While the most common excuse is simply not being in the habit, some people are skipping sunscreen for an ironic reason: their health.

In a recent survey, Neutrogena found that a third of Americans are concerned that wearing sunscreen will prevent them from getting enough vitamin D, which is essential for calcium absorption and the prevention of certain diseases.

However, despite vitamin D's importance and the sun's ability to help our bodies produce it, the American Academy of Dermatology says we don't have to sacrifice our skin to get what we need.

"In addition to dietary sources, a supplement with vitamin D, such as Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews, which provide 125% of the daily value of vitamin D in each chew, can help you get the vitamin D you need, without the risk of skin cancer and premature aging associated with unprotected sun exposure," said Registered Dietitian Elizabeth Somer in a statement by Neutrogena.

With vitamin D concerns covered, Americans now need to make a small shift in their routine to make a big difference in the future of their skin.