We're halfway through a long, dark (rainy) winter. While you probably know that your body naturally produces vitamin D when you're out in the sun, or that you can ingest supplements or foods like milk, fortified orange juice, and fatty fish to boost immunity and promote bone and heart health, the ingredient's topical benefits are a more recent discovery. Whaattt!
Dermatologists are championing vitamin D2 (D3 is the form that works internally) as a new way to turn back the hands of time and erase sun damage you may have experienced as a kid.
So while we can't exactly speed up the arrival of spring, one of our favorite oils, Lavender + Frankincense Original Oil, from Little Barn Apothecary may be your NEW anti-aging breakthrough.
When combined with a vitamin D supplement like Here Comes The Sun from HUM Nutrition, you're prodividing your body with all of the health and beauty benefits of this sun-powered vitamin to improve your skin's appearance, your mental health and overall well-being.
1. Week Bones or Muscles
Vitamin D has been most heavily researched for its connection to bone and muscle strength, conclusion that vitamin D deficiencies increase the risk of fractures in older adults.
SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, is a mood disorder characterized by depression that usually occurs during the winter month. However, the drop in mood doesn't only relate to the drop in temperature, but can also be due to the vitamin D your body is missing.
3. Poor Skin Health
Vitamin D plays an important role in protecting skin cell health, reducing wrinkles, improvising skin softness and maintaining a smooth, glowing complexion. (did you hear that clean beauty babes?)
4. Acne or Eczema
Because vitamin D is a hormone, a deficiency can likely have an affect on your hormone levels, and as we know, hormone imbalances can effect your skin. Vitamin D is also known to cool inflammation and control your insulin response which is helpful in reducing severe skin conditions.
5. Weakened Immunity
A vitamin D deficiency can play a role in autoimmune diseases, and can also play a role in your body's response to infectious diseases like the flu and the common cold. So boost your D and boost your defense!
HERE COMES THE SUN
Harvard's School of Public Health reports that an estimated 1 billion people worldwide are deficient in vitamin D. This report also cites several studies that link vitamin D levels with bone strength, muscle retention, heart health, and the immune system. Studies have also shown that Vitamin D can boost elasticity and collagen production in the skin while also reducing the appearance of lines, dark spots and acne. $10
LAVENDAR + FRANKINCENSE ORIGINAL OIL
Our nutrient rich original oil was developed 10 years ago for face but has multiple uses as a body, bath, or hair oil. Loaded with high levels of omega-3, -6, and -9 essential fatty acids. Powerhouse of vitamins including A, D, E, copper, zinc, selenium, iodine, chromium, and chlorophyll. $25