Dr. Gary Goldfaden, MD, reports:

There is a key ingredient to healthy skin that is one of the most dynamic substances that the human body produces. It controls everything from normal bone growth and immune system response to healthy eyesight and neuromuscular function. It is absolutely essential to the long-lasting health and beauty of the skin through its crucial involvement in skin cell metabolism, growth, repair and protection. This amazing and largely overlooked nutrient is none other than vitamin D.

A True Skin Saver 

Every skin cell begins its life deep in the base layer of the epidermis. As these immature cells detach and migrate upward on their 2 week journey to the surface, they go through a series of complex changes in both form and function. The rate at which these cells divide, the nature and timing of their changes, as well as their transit time to the surface, are all controlled by growth factors and other molecules that are triggered by the presence of vitamin D.

The skin loses and must replace about 40,000 cells every minute. If enough vitamin D is not available to fuel this process, replacement cells won’t be manufactured quickly enough. Inevitably, the outer layer of skin becomes thinner and more fragile. It begins to sag from lack of adequate support. Dryness and wrinkles eventually set in as moisture is lost to the outside.

A Modern Epidemic

The skin can synthesize approximately 10,000 IU of vitamin D after just 20–30 minutes of summer sun exposure. Unfortunately, between the ages of 20 and 70, about 75% of this ability to produce vitamin D is lost. In addition, today’s predominantly indoor lifestyle and widespread use of UV-blocking sunscreens have severely decreased the amount of vitamin D the average person produces.

Other limiting factors play a part as well. Darker skinned people need 5-10 times more exposure to synthesize the same amount of vitamin D as lighter skinned people. Those who live in latitudes beyond 37 degrees north or south of the equator are also at greater risk of lacking vitamin D. It is now estimated that roughly 75% of all teens and adults in the United States are vitamin D deficient. To make matters worse, most of the active vitamin D the body is able to produce is used to help build and maintain strong bones and not to nurture the skin. Woman’s Health Magazine reports on the additional health benefits of Vitamin D + suggests that it is the ultimate D-fense against diseases. 

A Skin Solution 

Skin care products containing vitamin D are the most effective means of addressing this growing problem. Topical creams and lotions featuring highly bioavailable forms of vitamin D can specifically target the skin,  effectively replenishing this vital nutrient directly at the source. Boosting levels of vitamin D promotes healthy skin by stimulating cell growth, repair and metabolism, enhancing your skin’s immune system, and quenching free radicals that cause premature aging.

 

 


Saturated, Polyunsaturated, Monounsaturated, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Omega-6 Fatty Acids! Who can keep them straight? Thanks to our friends at Women’s Health Magazine we can! A few helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • If the fat is solid at room temperature it is most likely saturated (think butter).
  • Polyunsaturated fats tend to be in the liquid form at room temperature (think oils). These fats are found in plant-based foods like nuts and can help to improve cholesterol, control diabetes and prevent against heart disease.
  • Monounsaturated Fatty Acids can help to improve cholesterol levels and are found in foods like avocado, peanut butter and olives.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids helps protect against cardiovascular diseases and inflammation and the best way to get it is to eat salmon at least 3 times a week. This fat can also be found in sardines and walnuts.
  • Omega-6 Fatty Acids are tricky, they need to be ingested in a 1 to 1 ration with omega-3’s. Try almond butter or a little margarine. Don’t be afraid of fat, just eat the right type!

Taking care of your skin with the right products and a rigorous regimen is just half the battle to obtaining a gorgeous complexion. Don’t be confused here: I am not implying to slack off on your skincare regimen; it’s as important to take care of your skin topically as it is internally. Here are my top three skin sins to throw away and get you on track for that healthy glow we all crave.

#1 Skipping Sunscreen 
Hey sun goddesses, listen up! The best, if not one of the most important steps, to keep your skin from getting wrinkles, dull, saggy, and dehydrated. To highlight the obvious that we all have been told, studies have proven that overexposure to harmful UVA/UVB rays leads to skin cancer. Recommended use when in direct sun is to reapply a SPF 30 sun screen spray every 30 minutes. Daily protection is recommended even when not in direct sunlight too – either in your moisturizer and/or foundation.
#2 Smoking 
You’ve heard it over and over again. Do you want deep lines, uneven/blotchy skin tone? Smoking attacks every cell in your body. In fact, every decade of smoking results in a perceived extra 2.5 years of age, according to research published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Don’t smoke. Period.
#3 Junk Food 
You are what you eat. Actually, there is truth to this old saying. Eating junk food causes your insulin levels to sky rocket which leads to an increase of oil production (breaking out!). When you replace junk food with good fats like avocado, nuts, and peanut butter, you are less likely to breakout. These healthy fats also provide healthy vitamins and nutrients to your body, hair and nails. Try it. Check out Total Beauties top 9 picks for the best and worst foods for your skin!