The SPF Debate

I was worried recently at the discovery that my attempt to be more healthy and keep my skin looking younger for longer could actually be doing more harm than good.

I use Caudalie Factor 50 face sunscreen when in the sun and foundations with SPF in thinking prevention was cure, I also recently realised that milk makes me feel really uncomfortable and bloated so stopped drinking it,soy milk has added vitamin D but I’m not partial to its taste on my breakfast. With all this I’m also pretty much vegetarian, I like fish but haven’t eaten red meat for 14 years. Reading this you’d probably think that’s nothing to worry about but after a conversation with a customer who is Vitamin D deficient I began to question a few things.

I was doing her make-up when she began taking about her pale skin laughing that the doctor wasn’t happy about her wearing sunscreen as it isn’t helping her Vitamin D deficiency. She said apparently all you need is 15 minutes in the sunlight per day. Then I thought…I basically work (at Space) or work (at home) or work (in studios) so spend hardly no time in the sun and whenever I do think I’m going to be in the sun I wear block. Bit of a sun fail from me as I’m denying vitamin D from being penetrated into the skin. Then to top it off I’d stopped drinking milk and wasn’t getting any vitamins from meat.

I told her that I was quite poorly last month and lately I was insanely tired all the time getting at least 2 migraines per week. I can’t say it is down to Vitamin D but nevertheless I’ve decided that I’m going to be more aware of my diet and make sure I spend a little time in the sunlight per day.

This doesn’t mean I’m going to start eating red meat as that’s simply not happening, I hate the taste, I may occasionally eat chicken and will definitely start spending a little time in the sun (when we get it) during the cooler periods of the day. A supplement wouldn’t hurt too.