Sun Care for Healthy Skin: There’s a New Way To Safely Boost Vitamin D Levels Through UVB Rays

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We all need vitamin D to keep our bones healthy, fortify our teeth, strengthen our muscles, and boost our immune system. However, nearly 40% of adults are vitamin D deficient according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). To produce vitamin D naturally, our bodies need the sun’s UVB rays. But we all know that soaking up rays without the proper protection can put us at risk for permanent sun damage and skin cancer. So how can we safely obtain vitamin D from UVB rays all year long while preventing unprotected sun exposure? Let’s break it down.

How exactly does the sun damage my skin? 

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays penetrate at the cellular level and mutate skin cells, causing sunburns, skin cancer, and permanent skin-cell damage. UV rays also trigger other skin conditions such as melasma (brown spotting around the face), hyperpigmentation (dark patches on the skin), and skin aging. Wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots can be a common result after years of unprotected time in the sun. 

Do UV rays affect my skin even when I’m not in the sun?

Yup! Our windows at home block out most UVB rays (short waves that can cause skin cancer) but more than 50 percent of UVA rays (long waves that can also cause skin cancer) pass through them. UVA rays are ruthless and will hit you even if you’re a few feet away from your windows. UVA rays also penetrate through clouds, fog, and rain, so even if you’re outside during a rainstorm you’re exposed. 

Are UV rays more harmful during hotter months or colder?

UV rays aren’t seasonal—they can penetrate your skin year-round, no matter if it’s super sunny, cold, or overcast outside. Snow also reflects up to 80 percent of UV light, so sun rays can hit you twice when you’re outside during the winter.

How do UV rays help naturally create vitamin D in our bodies?

Surprisingly, UVB rays provide up to 90% of the vitamin D we need. UVB rays interact with a protein in our skin called 7-DHC which then converts it into vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 then increases our vitamin D levels, giving us lasting health benefits.

Is there a way to protect my skin 24/7 while also making sure my body safely produces vitamin D?

To protect your skin from UV rays, dermatologists and skin experts recommend that everyone uses a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily. This type of sunscreen filters out UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and up helps prevent premature skin aging and uneven skin tone caused by skin hyperpigmentation. Wearing SPF 30+ sunscreen every day can also significantly decrease your risk of skin cancer.  

But since broad-spectrum sunscreen filters out all UV rays, including UVB rays, our skin can’t naturally replenish our vitamin D levels if we’re wearing sunscreen. That is, until now. Summer Ready Vitamin D Promoting Sunscreen is the first sunscreen in the U.S. to protect you from the sun while permitting the right amount of sunlight used by the skin to produce vitamin D.

How does Summer Ready Vitamin D Promoting Sunscreen help my skin naturally make vitamin D?

This sunscreen uses a patented formula that safely permits your skin to naturally produce vitamin D from sunlight. Its UVB filtering SPF technology allows the passage of sufficient UVB light (between 290 nm – 300 nm) which our skin uses to naturally make vitamin D.

How is Summer Ready Vitamin D Promoting Sunscreen different from other sunscreens?

No other broad-spectrum sunscreen on the market in the U.S. selectively permits passage of the light our skin uses naturally to produce vitamin D—while simultaneously protecting from sunburns and sun damage. A 2016 study showed that Summer Ready Vitamin D Promoting Sunscreen allows nearly 15% more UVB light in than other top competitor sunscreens. 

This sunscreen is also vegan, cruelty-free, safe for sensitive skin, and dermatologist recommended. And unlike other sunscreens, it’s non-greasy, fragrance-free, leaves no white cast on the skin, and provides up to 80 minutes of water resistance.

Can’t I just consume vitamin D from supplements or through my diet? Why put vitamin D technology into sunscreen? 

Only a small amount of vitamin D comes from our diet but research shows that we can get 90% of our vitamin D from the sun. Sure, you can use vitamin D supplements—nearly 1 in 5 adults take one vitamin D supplement every day. But Summer Ready Vitamin D Promoting Sunscreen offers a natural way to help increase your vitamin D levels daily while also safely and effectively protecting you from harsh UV rays no matter if you’re outside or inside.

Want more info on how to keep yourself safe from the sun? Check out Summer Ready’s special Sun Protection section. You can also browse the Summer Ready shop for all your sun care needs.