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Vitamin D

Vitamin D is sometimes referred to as the "sunshine vitamin." That's because the main source of this vitamin so necessary for good health comes from exposure to the sun. When sunlight hits the skin, vitamin D precursors present on the surface of the skin are activated and undergo further processing by the liver and kidney to create vitamin D in a form the body can use. There are two types of vitamin D. Vitamin D3 is the form of vitamin D synthesized from exposure to sunlight, while vitamin D2 is the kind in fortified foods and the type found in plants.

Unfortunately, most people don't get enough vitamin D from sunlight or diet. Estimates are that up to 75% of the adult population has vitamin D levels that are too low for good health. Vitamin D deficiencies are common because there are few food sources of vitamin D with the exception of fatty fish like salmon, liver and egg yolks. Fortified milk, orange juice, yogurt and other products fortified with vitamin D are also good sources.

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People who are older, those that consistently wear a sunscreen and those living at higher latitudes where the sun's rays are weaker are at greater risk for vitamin D deficiency. In adults, vitamin D deficiency can cause muscle weakness and increase the risk of osteoporosis, some autoimmune disease, and some forms of cancer. It's also important for calcium absorption by the intestines.

This creates a dilemma for some people. Is it better to jeopardize the health of their skin and increase the risk of skin cancer by exposing it to sunlight or risk not getting enough vitamin D, a vitamin that seems to reduce the risk of certain health problems including cancer? The American Academy of Dermatology takes the position that adults who wear sunscreen or avoid sun exposure should consider taking 1,000 I.U. of vitamin D daily. There's also a blood test available to measure levels of vitamin D.

Vitamin D has already shown benefits for treating certain kinds of skin problems including psoriasis.

There are definite benefits to taking a vitamin D supplement for people who have low levels. Vitamin D is available in pill form. There are also topical forms of vitamin D, and some cosmetic and manufacturers of skincare and anti-aging products are adding topical vitamin D to their skin care products. Vitamin D has already shown benefits for treating certain kinds of skin problems including psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a skin disease characterized by chronic inflammation. Vitamin D causes a peptide molecule called cathelicidin to bind to DNA. This blocks the inflammatory response that is responsible for many of the symptoms of psoriasis. Rosacea is another skin disease that's driven by inflammation, and vitamin D may play a role in controlling this skin problem as well. In addition, preliminary research suggests that it may be helpful for treating symptoms of eczema. Some studies in children show that eczema is more severe in children with low vitamin D levels and that supplementation with vitamin D helps.

All in all, vitamin D is an important vitamin of which most people get too little.

It's easy to see that vitamin D is important for overall health and for healthy skin, which is why it's an ingredient in some skin care products including anti-aging products, facial moisturizers, facial scrubs, facial cleansers and eye creams. Vitamin D is also important for hair growth, and there's some evidence that it may stimulate hair regrowth, although more research is needed.

Is vitamin D safe? Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, so it can be toxic if high levels build up in the body. This is unlikely to happen unless a person is taking high supplemental doses of vitamin D. Vitamin D at levels found in skin care products are too low to cause toxicity. The Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Cosmetics Database classifies vitamin D as a low hazard cosmetic ingredient.

All in all, vitamin D is an important vitamin of which most people get too little. It's critical for overall health, for disease prevention and is a requirement for healthy skin as well.

  

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Kills bacteria, minimizes wrinkles and moisturizes the skin. Full size.
$125.00 $160.00 value
120g | HB001
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Designed to assist in noticeably improving the appearance of aging and sun-damaged skin.
$90.00
30 packets | JM041
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Formulated specifically to nourish mother and baby.
$82.00
270 Tablets | QQ049
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Step 3 in the FNS system.
$58.00
4oz | OS067
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A 100% natural, deep moisturizing beauty treatment that helps restore skin's suppleness.
$85.00
6.76oz | IT004
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The Anti-Aging Essence that firms and regenerates.
$185.00
1oz | TM001
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An antioxidant cocktail that regenerates skin at the cellular level.
$68.00
1.17oz | RC028
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The Complexion Savior that resurfaces and purifies the skin.
$90.00
1.67oz | TM003
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This daily hydrating complex is rich in firming peptides and skin strengthening flavonoids.
$75.00
1.17oz | RC014
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Essential vitamins increase skin hydration and visibly reduce signs of aging.
$89.00
1oz | WA025
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This potent, overnight revitalizing treatment contains high strength Vitamin A to combat aging.
$89.00
1oz | WA027
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This eye cream repairs, protects and nourishes.
$85.00
1oz | RQ004
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A deliciously spicy, skin purifying pumpkin enzyme masque for the face and body.
$78.00
3.8oz | JU022
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This retinol treatment reduces the signs of aging and evens out skin tone.
$68.00
1.18oz | RC025
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Helps rapidly diminish redness and repair skin cells.
$73.00
1.7oz | EM010
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This brightening Vitamin A & C serum delivers skin enhancing benefits.
$95.00
1oz | TP067
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Unique emulsion delivers your skin's daily dose of Vitamin D.
$65.00
1oz | DG141
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Immediately lift, firm and smooth the delicate eye contour with this serum.
$85.00
0.96oz | IT005
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Delivers immediate visible results to dry and prematurely aged skin.
$79.00
1.69oz | WA014
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Helps soothe, calm, and strengthen couperose, red, and sensitive skin.
$73.00
1oz | EM011
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Kills bacteria, minimizes wrinkles and moisturizes the skin.
$40.00
30g | HB006
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Travel size that lasts for two weeks. Kills bacteria and minimizes wrinkles.
$15.00
HB002
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Exfoliating sunless tanner that contains active Vitamin D.
$35.00 $36.00 value
20 applications | DG131
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Give skin a natural glow while exfoliating and slowing hair growth.
$45.00
8 applications | DG142
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Reduce lines and wrinkles by 34% in five weeks while increasing elasticity with this clinically proven complex.
$49.50
30 day supply | MR036
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An intensive conditioning formula that repairs damaged hair.
$35.00
4oz | RC069
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This supplement supports growth and development during the early years.
$22.00
120 Gummy Berries | QQ033
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Herpanacine supports the body to fight off toxins.
$49.00
200 Capsules | QQ004
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Reveals beautiful, clear, radiant, glowing skin.
$45.00
60ct | PT130
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Anti-aging hydration with 10 essential skin nutrients.
$48.00
1.7oz | DG138
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Quickly absorbs leaving no oily feeling on the skin's surface.
$52.00
2oz | AS007
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Provides essential hydration and nutrition to the eye area.
$35.00
0.5oz | DG137
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Beauty to Glow is a limited-edition kit containing Alpha Beta Glow Pad for face and body products.
REG $14.00  NOW $12.00
4 applications | DG143
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Deeply nourish, soften and delicately scent the skin.
$26.00
8oz | RK005
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This luxurious nail cream works to penetrate and replenish deteriorated nail protein and balance the natural oils.
$35.00
1oz | LY009
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This daily men's multivitamin combines vitamins, minerals, trace elements, fruit extracts and veggie extracts.
$22.00
60 Tablets | MS033
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Deeply nourish, soften and delicately scent the skin.
$26.00
8oz | RK007
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Deeply nourish, soften and delicately scent the skin.
$26.00
8oz | RK006
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Formulated specifically to nourish mother and baby.
$35.00
96 Tablets | QQ056
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Deeply nourish, soften and delicately scent the skin.
$26.00
8oz | RK004
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An overall body lotion that helps to calm skin before bedtime.
$14.50
8oz | TU002
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Your lashes are starving so nourish them naturally with Nutrilash.
$48.00
4 x .56oz | OS038
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A healing balm that reduces inflammation, rosacea symptoms or redness.
$28.00
0.5oz | RC037
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This formula helps to lock in and preserve hair color.
$25.00
4oz | RC070
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This active regenerating complex helps boost collagen and elastin production.
$52.00
1.18oz | RC011
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Protects the skin with SPF 15, helps minimize the signs of aging.
$32.00
2.5oz | AN022
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An intensive nourishing moisturizer for the hands and body.
$18.00
4oz | RC074
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This formula protects and soothes dry or sensitive skin.
$14.50
8oz | TU005
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