Over the past few years, people have become far more aware of the harm caused by too much sun. They’ve taken onboard the advice of medics and started to use SPFs to protect against harmful rays. There’s just one problem… now they’re not exposing themselves to any sunlight at all, meaning more and more people experiencing a Vitamin D deficiency.
We all need Vitamin D. It’s important for healthy bones (as it helps us absorb calcium), skin, nails and hair. Low levels can be linked to a weakened immune system, depression, anxiety and weak bones. So it’s no wonder we’re getting ill during the winter.
We can build up enough Vitamin D during the rest of the year to carry us through the winter months, we just need 15 to 20 minutes a day without any SPF. I’d recommend early morning or late afternoon (so not between 12pm and 3pm, the most damaging time to be out in the sun with no protection). If you think you’re not getting enough sun you may need to consider a Vitamin D supplement.
If you fit into any of the following categories then you should definitely look into it.
- All pregnant and breast feeding women
- People over the age of 65
- People with a darker skin tone
- People who spend much of their time in doors or cover their skin.
We can also get Vitamin D from foods.
The best foods to go for are: Fish oils, eggs, fatty fish, tuna, salmon, mushrooms, tofu, beef, milk, liver, cereals, ricotta cheese and orange juice.
If you work in an office, you may find that you don’t get out much during the week. If so, here’s a couple of things that you can do to improve your intake of Vitamin D.
- Get off the tube or bus one stop earlier and walk the last 10 minutes to work. Do the same on the way home.
- Have eggs or cereal for breakfast.
- Don't feel guilty about your cheeky latte on your way to work if it's cow’s milk it will most likely be fortified with Vitamin D.
- Choose a lunch which is packed with Vitamin D – a nice tuna salad and a glass of orange juice.
- If you can, try to get out and enjoy the sunshine for 10 minutes mid-afternoon.
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About the author
Lyn trained at Lincoln College of Art and Design, and qualified in 1990, where she received a City and Guilds in Beauty Therapy and Electrical Epilation (electrolysis). With a wealth of experience and a stream of satisfied customers, Lyn has always found herself in great demand treating exclusive clientele – including a number of celebrities – at local beauty salons, five-star hotels, health clubs and spas. Lyn provides a range of beauty therapy and professional beauty treatments including waxing, facials, manicures and massage.