How can I get my daily dose of vitamin D without getting sunburnt?
While getting out and enjoying the sunshine is an essential part of helping to ensure you get your daily dose of vitamin D, some days spent in the sun will inevitably lead to sunburn. It is vital to cover up with sunscreen and protective clothing when possible, but when the occasional part is missed or you didn’t reapply sunscreen quickly enough, you will need to deal with the resulting burn as quickly as possible.
Start by drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated. A burn on the skin pulls moisture from the body to the surface to deal with any damage, which means your hydration levels can drop depending on the surface area and severity of the sunburn. Many people forget about this and focus on treating the burn from the outside in, but this step will help your entire system deal with the whole condition, rather than just the layer that is ‘skin-deep’.
Moisturiser is essential for reducing any pain or damage from your time in the sun. Avoid scrubbing, picking or pulling at the burn and opt for cool showers before applying moisturiser generously. Some people believe a product containing vitamin C or vitamin E may help prevent long-term damage to the skin, and many will choose aloe vera as a moisturiser due to the cooling sensation it offers.
If you often have to cover up to prevent or minimise sunburn you might want to look at a vitamin D supplement or double check your multivitamin to ensure you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs.
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Published April 17, 2014
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