KSK Vitamin Series – Vitamin D

Vitamin D and Skin Health

Vitamin D is the first name that comes to mind when we talk about benefits of sitting in sun or taking sufficient sunlight to have a healthy body and skin, this is why it is also known as ‘Sunshine Vitamin’.  Previously Vitamin D was linked to bone health and formation and no much heed was paid to its importance, but this vitamin has become a hot topic and buzz word after researches which show that a considerable proportion of worldwide population are deficient in this essential nutrient. The same researches and studies have shown that it is equally essential for the proper functioning of nearly every tissue in our bodies including brain, heart, muscles, immune system and skin. Thus its deficiency cause problems and disturbs overall functioning of our body.

Production of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally produced in our skin when it is exposed to sunlight. After being exposed to sun, the cholesterol in our body gets converted to vitamin D which is then taken up by our body and travels to all the organs through bloodstream. This process helps to form new and healthy cells which also includes skin cells, thus keeping our skin healthy and rejuvenated. Like Vitamin B it is also a complex of three vitamins that are called D1, D2 and D3. Though sunlight is the major source, but this vitamin can also be obtained through diets and supplements.

Skin Benefits of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential not only for bones and hair, but it also impart unprecedented benefits to the skin, which are discussed below.

Cellular Regeneration

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient in our body that transfers through blood, it reaches the epidermal tissues of our skin and help in replacing the older cells with the newer ones.

Proper Functioning Sebaceous Gland

This glad is one of the most vital glad of our skin that is linked with oil/sebum production, if this glad start functioning improperly then our skin suffers from issues likes acne, excess oil and breakouts. Vitamin D keep sebaceous glad in good form as well as regulates its sebum production.

Photoprotection

Excessive exposure to sunlight often leads to skin damage, skin aging and even skin cancers, but presence of adequate amounts of Vitamin D in body provides photoprotection and reverse all such damages.

Wound Healing

Vitamin D due to its ability of cellular regeneration and rejuvenation helps in faster wound healing. However, its deficiencies delay the process and wounds starts getting worse.

Vitamin D and Skin Diseases

Vitamin D is not only essential for healthy skin and cellular synthesis, it is also vital to treat various skin diseases and reverse their damage. Vitamin D has proven to help with or cure the following skin concerns,

  • Skin Cancer
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne and Rosacea
  • Vitiligo

Bottom Line

It is evident from above discussion that Vitamin D is a vital nutrient for a healthy body, because not only it makes or bones and hair strong, but it also imparts astonishing benefits to our skin.

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