The Importance of Sun Exposure: Sun exposure is not always a bad thing, as long as you don’t stay under it for some hours. Our bodies are required to be exposed to the Sun for at least 10 minutes every day to produce Vitamin D. UVB radiation does not penetrate glass, so exposure to sunshine indoors through a window does not produce vitamin D. During this quarantine; we have been lacking of this vitamin. For the people wondering why, Vitamin D is produced by our bodies while we are exposed to sunlight. Getting this vitamin is crucial; because it prevents inflammation, helps build new cells that improve the immune system, and is essential for bone and growing bones.
But don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean you need to stay outside in the sun all day; just 10-15 minutes daily exposure is enough. Also, vitamin D can be found in foods like fish, liver, cheese, eggs, and cereal.
Vitamin D is related to our skin, not only because it is produced over there but also because research has shown that it can improve acne, rosacea, vitiligo, psoriasis, and eczema. The lack of this vitamin has been demonstrated to worsen when people have vitamin D deficiency.
What can cause Vitamin D deficiency?
- Not enough vitamins in our diet
- Lack of sun exposure
- Taking medications that can interfere with Vitamin C absorption
What are the signs of Vitamin D deficiency?
- Bone density loss, causing osteoporosis
- Rickets, a disease where bones can become softer and bend
- Related to High blood pressure, diabetes and cancer but this relationship is still unclear
If I use SPF, will I still absorb Vitamin D?
A lot of studies have been made about this, and the answer is Yes. You will still absorb vitamin D even if you use SPF, as this will only protect you from sunburn. SPF will allow your body to synthesize the vitamin.