It’s a well-known fact that the sun is bad for your skin. Excessive exposure leads to wrinkles, lines and, in some cases, cancer. But, on the flipside, our bodies need sunlight to function properly, as it helps us produce essential vitamins that we need to thrive like vitamin D.
Why exactly do you need vitamin D? It’s a fat-soluble vitamin (fat-soluble vitamins dissolve in fat, and the excess is stored in the liver, which is why they don’t need to be taken every day) that is essential for maintaining normal calcium metabolism. It is responsible for several body functions, but its main role is to support proper bone health. Vitamin D3 (the usable form of vitamin D) can be synthesized by humans in the skin through exposure to UVB radiation from sunlight, but it can also be obtained through diet. “When you don’t get enough vitamin D through sun exposure, it’s essential to get it through diet or supplementation,” says celebrity nutritionist Paula Simpson.
But now, thanks to new formulations, you can also get your share of vitamin D through beauty products. One that’s new to the market is Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Active Vitamin D Serum-Oil ($65). It’s a daily dose of the essential vitamin that you simply apply to your skin twice a day-once in the morning, once at night. Just massage it in after washing and you’re all set.
Another option: Malin + Goets SPF 15 Face Moisturizer ($48) is infused with a concentration of vitamins E, A, B, C and D. It improves hydration, without being greasy, and contains a mix of moisture-replenishing shea butter and chamomile extracts.
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