Vit D can be made from sunlight on the skin so those with darker skin need more skin exposure than those with paler skin. Think of the typical Scottish peely wally legs…a good example of adapting to ones environment! Depending on your skin type, it is recommended that 5-30 minutes of sunlight, “a few times week” is sufficient to prevent deficiency. In the winter months we mostly rely on our stored vit D and intake from our diet, although it is suggested that up to 90% of our requirement comes from sunlight so let’s get outside! If you are lucky enough to find the sun remember that any longer than a few minutes and you need to apply sun screen to prevent burning and damaging your skin.
Natural skin protection – Don’t put anything on your skin that you can’t eat!
Oxybenzone and retinyl palminate with your healthy summer bbq anyone? Both these chemicals are common ingredients in sunscreens and are known to be harmful to humans. Oxybenzone has been linked to cell damage, hormone disruption and allergies and in a study was found in 97% of participants urine! That which is not absorbed is washed off the skin and ends up in our water system. Alternatives are safe and natural sunscreens which can be found from your local health food shop, herb shop, or online.