Vitamin D is commonly known as the “sunshine vitamin” as we get most of this essential vitamin from the sun. Vitamin D deficiencies are on the rise in the UK and can result in serious bone deformities such as rickets in children and osteoporosis in adults. However, overexposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer. Follow our advice to ensure you get the right amount of vitamin D, while also keeping your skin protected from the sun’s harmful rays.
Getting Enough Vitamin D
Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body and is considered to be one of the most important vitamins to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. It is found in a small number of foods, including oily fish, red meat and egg yolks but we get most of our vitamin D from sunlight exposure. That is why it is essential to spend short periods of time in the sun at least once a day from around late March to the end of September.
Being Sun Aware
While we would all love to spend every day soaking up the sun, we know that without the right level of protection, we would risk getting painful sunburn or even skin cancer. Unfortunately, it is now the most common cancer in the UK with more than 100,000 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer and 13,000 new cases of melanoma being diagnosed each year. It is estimated that around 2,100 Britons die from skin cancer every year.
Finding the Balance
Even though skin cancer is becoming more and more common, the good news is that you can prevent it by staying safe in the sun. The first step is to choose a reliable sunscreen with a high SPF. We recommend always using an SPF30 product or higher at the start of sun exposure and applying it liberally over your entire body. Our Press and Protect Sun Lotion SPF30 has a unique chart that tells you how much sunscreen to apply on each part of your body, so you are fully protected. It is also important to protect your hair and your lips, as they are the most exposed areas of your body. In addition, you should always remember to wear a sunhat and sunglasses and seek shade during the hottest part of the day.
If you want to find out more ways that you can stay protected while also ensuring you get enough Vitamin D, check out our Be Sun Ready page.