Your skin is awesome. It keeps your inside safe and protects it from impact, temperature variations and microbes. It has an extensive network of nerve cells that allows you to sense pressure, hot and cold. Through this same network your skin warns you when danger is lurking by giving pain signals. Awesome, isn’t it? It regulates your body temperature by sweating. But did you know it also absorbs all sorts of nutrients? And excretes toxins from your body? Your skin is a living, breathing organ and it cares for you lovingly. Actually, it’s the largest organ you have!
50% of Westerners suffer from Vitamin D deficiency
But you know what’s even more awesome? When exposed to sunlight, your skin produces vitamin D. Remember we mentioned that in our last blog? Vitamin D is actually a hormone, and it’s absolutely vital for human health. Vitamin D is needed to build strong, healthy bones and teeth. It helps make sure your muscles, heart, lungs and brain work well and that your body can fight infection. It is also an important factor in preventing cancer. Yet around 50% of Westerners are deficient in vitamin D.
How come? Well, food plays a role: we forgot about real foods that provide us with vitamin D as well as nourish our skin from the inside out. Like good, natural fats from fish or real butter. But the main reason: we just don’t have that much sunlight on our skin anymore. In comparison to our ancestors, we spend an incredibly big part of our days inside. When we do go outside, we cover ourselves with clothes and slather on the sunscreen – which prevents UV-light from entering our skin.
How to get more Vitamin D and stay healthy
So, how can we get our vitamin D levels up? Off course you can eat more fatty fish and real butter (it will do wonders for your skin as well), and by all means have some cholesterol: it’s what your skin uses to make vitamin D from. But the best way to optimize your vitamin D levels is to expose your skin to UV-light. To your skin, it doesn’t matter wether that UV-light comes from the sun or a sunbed.
The frequency of the UV-light does matter: your skin produces vitamin D mostly under the influence of UV-B. Most tanning salons have sunbeds with higher UV-B levels, used gently accustom your skin to UV-exposure. Those will work best to optimize your vitamin D-levels. But even the use of so called ‘high pressure’ tanning beds that primarily produce UV-A light, will get your levels up.
What else is needed? Well, a healthy, hydrated and well-nourished skin is better equiped to produce vitamin D, and to adjust itself to UV-exposure by turning golden-brown. That is exactly what our products are designed to do: optimally nourish your skin, so it will be able to get the highest possible results out of your tanning session. Always use a lotion when tanning (one specifically designed for tanning, never use SPF in a tanning bed). Apart from that, there are some general rules to keep your skin healthy and nourished. Most importantly: drink enough water. Eat healthy fats and stay away from trans-fats. Cut down on the sugar. And don’t forget to treat yourself regularly to a total body rub with a silky rich nourishing moisturizer, like our 365 hydratant. Remember, your skin is awesome!
The Peau d’Or team
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/04/12/can-tanning-beds-decrease-cancer-than-cause.aspx (provides a well-argumented overview)