As far as Vitamin D supplements go, the BBC published an article in July 2016 that Vitamin D supplements are advised for everyone. Whereas Canadian source The Globe and Mail published an article in 2015 addressing not IF we should be taking it, but HOW MUCH we should be taking. Apparently there was some incorrect data put out and people should be taking quadruple the amount originally recommended by the U.S.-based Institute of Medicine. There was some back and forth on that, with the latest study results expected out in late 2017.

We’re deep into an unusually snowy winter this year in Vancouver. There have been some clear and sunny days among the grey ones, but it sounds like that is still not enough to meet optimal Vitamin D levels.

So, let’s get down to it – what about Vitamin D for beauty!

Vitamin D is well known for improving skin, helping reduce acne, aiding growth of strong and lustrous hair among other things.

Here is an excellent and easy to read list from Beauty Munsta on the beauty benefits of Vitamin D. Thank your Beauty Munsta!

1. Promotes Beautiful Skin

The skin is the largest organ. The state of the skin is often a good indicator of the health of the body. Vitamin D is very vital for the proper functioning of the skin. It also helps prevent skin cancer.

2. Treats Acne

If you are suffering from persistent acne, supplementing with vitamin D can do wonders for your skin. Many of those battling with severe acne actually find a significant reduction in acne when supplementing with vitamin D.

3. Promotes Hair Growth

Vitamin D receptors found in hair follicles play a vital role in the growth and resting cycles of the hair. Vitamin D signals to the keratinocytes found in the follicles to stimulate the growth of hair.

4. Prevents Hair Loss

One of the signs of vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency is actually hair loss. Healthy hair follicles have a good supply of vitamin that allows them to function properly. Vitamin D is often lacking in damaged hair follicles and this leads to hair loss.

5. Helps in Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Lack of vitamin D can lead to weight gain and difficulty in losing weight. Insufficient vitamin D in the blood makes the body convert calories to fat at a rapid rate. Vitamin D is also needed for the absorption of nutrients such as calcium, which aid in weight loss.

6. Heals Psoriasis

Stress is a known aggravator for psoriasis and vitamin D is an important regulator of stress. Vitamin D can help reduce inflammation, redness and swelling in psoriasis. Supplementing with vitamin D can help prevent psoriasis flare-ups.

7. Reduces the Appearance of Stretch Marks

Vitamin D is helps in the overall function of skin and helps prevent stretch marks by increasing the elasticity of the skin. It helps in the proper formation of skin to help reduce the occurrence of stretch marks, scars and dark spots.

8. Prevents Premature Aging of Skin

Premature aging is when the skin starts developing wrinkles, fine lines, skin tags and age spots at a young age. It often occurs as a result of free radical damage on the skin. Vitamin D acts as an antioxidant to combat oxidative stress and free radical damage on the skin.

9. Treats Eczema

Eczema is characterized by rough inflamed patches of skin that can form blisters that can cause itching and bleeding. Vitamin D can help treat conditions such as eczema. It can help greatly reduce the symptoms of eczema such as dryness, itchiness, inflammation and pain.

10. Relieves Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic, relapsing condition characterized by redness and pimples mostly on the facial region. Vitamin D reduces swelling and redness of skin. It can help treat and manage rosacea.

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