When we think about vitamin D we picture ourselves basking in the sunshine. Why? Well, that’s because your body produces vitamin D naturally when it’s exposed to sunlight.
Vitamin D has several important functions, not only for your body but also your skin. It’s been touted as a cure-all for everything from depression to heart disease and skin cancer, but also a big-time anti-ager and acne fighter.
There are 3 ways to get Vitamin D: food, sunlight and supplements. The antioxidant property in Vitamin D is known to prevents skin damage and premature aging of skin when taken via nutrient-rich supplements or daily healthy habits.
There is no doubt that vitamin D is a key nutrient to glowing, nourished skin. Without the harm of sun rays, here are a few ideas to help you boost your intake and beat bad skin woes.
Eat Your Vitamin D
Salmon: In addition to providing more than 100 percent of your vitamin D requirements for the day, this fatty fish is chockfull of omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve dry skin.
Mushrooms: This fungi, in fact, the only plant source containing vitamin D. It grows in sunlight and is great at absorbing sunlight as well, making it a good vitamin D source.
Ricotta: This creamy cheese stands out as the only source of vitamin D among all milk by-products. It contains five times more vitamin D than other cheese.
Swallow Your Vitamin D
It can be hard to get enough vitamin D each day through sun exposure (you need about 15 incremental minutes a day, depending upon your skin and location) and food alone, so taking vitamin D supplements can be hugely beneficial.
Apply Your Vitamin D
How does Vitamin D help acne? It reduces wrinkles and makes your skin soft, strong, and smooth. Hello, glow. It is also shown to cool inflammation, reducing acne redness. It’s possible to lather up vitamin D in your skincare regime, thanks to our resident genius Dr. Dennis Gross, he created an anti-aging formula with incredible results.
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