When you’re researching sunscreen, the most popular query remains: Does it affect our Vitamin D insufficiency?
It turns out it is 100% not valid because besides getting “the sunshine vitamin” from sun exposure, there are other ways to get Vitamin D, either from foods and supplements.
What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D (also referred to as “calciferol”) is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in a few foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. It is also produced endogenously when ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis. [Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)].
Can I Still Expose Myself Without Sun Protection?
A 2015 study found that UVA damage can start in less than a minute when one is in the sun. The damage to the skin’s pigment cells (melanocytes) keeps developing hours after the sun exposure ends. Melanocyte damage can lead to melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Even though it doesn’t take much sun exposure for the body to produce vitamin D, around 10 to 15 minutes based on The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal, it’s best to opt for the safer options – which you can get from the combination of diet and supplements.
Should I Wear Sunscreen When I Work from Home?
The simple answer to these questions is YES! No matter where you are, indoors or outdoors, you need to apply and reapply sunscreen every day.
This is because Ultraviolet A can still go through the glass and penetrate deep into your skin, which causes ageing, wrinkles and long-term skin damage.
Besides your face, don’t forget to apply it to the exposed area like your neck, hand and leg!