Did you know that your skin is the primary organ supplying vitamin D to your body? It is therefore no wonder that vitamin D plays a crucial role in the development and maintenance of your skin.
Over millions of years of exposure to sun via evolution, the human body has evolved the need for UVB and Vitamin D for general health, especially when it comes to the skin. Vitamin D regulates the generation of keratinocytes, the cells present in epidermis which is the outermost layer of your skin. These cells are critical for maintaining the function of your skin barrier. The skin barrier does not only keep out harmful germs and chemicals from your skin, but also helps lock in the moisture to prevent dehydration of the skin.
Vitamin D is essential to human health for its role as a catalyst for calcium absorption, yet many people are deficient, especially those that live at higher latitudes or live far away from the earth’s equator. This is why a lot of people who live in these more northern areas of the world suffer from these skin conditions more and are more susceptible to sunburn.
Without sufficient vitamin D, bones can become thin, brittle, or misshapen. Vitamin D sufficiency prevents rickets in children and many cases of osteomalacia in adults. Together with calcium, vitamin D also helps protect older adults from osteoporosis. Vitamin D helps repair skin damage and prevent infections as a result of skin injuries. Topical application can relieve symptoms of psoriasis including itchy and flaky skin. Additionally, Vitamin D has strong anti-inflammatory properties which are useful in treating burns, skin damage, and even stretch marks. Only UVB light makes Vitamin D in skin and when an induvial lacks the pigmentation, there is a desperate need to expose yourself to this type of light.
Our range of machines product the exact amount of UVB light required to help cure conditions such as cancer (breast, colorectal, prostate), cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, osteomalacia, osteoporosis, type 1 diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, and depression. A more recent option for making Vitamin D is to use “UVB Narrowband” lamps, such as the Philips TL100W/01 lamps that we provide and sell online. This lamp has a very large amount of energy concentrated at 310-311nm, the correct limit for effectively curing skin.
Exposure to this UVB light activates the precursor of vitamin D present in the epidermis which then enters the blood circulation. This form of vitamin D then undergoes further transformation in the liver and kidney respectively, to form the active form of vitamin D3, which is essential for different metabolic processes in the body.
Several medical studies performed worldwide have shown the effectiveness of UVB light therapy in producing Vitamin D. As with UVB Broadband, UVB Narrowband lamps typically provide little tanning effect because dosing is limited by erythema, long before the UVA content can cause tanning. By using the machines in small doses over a prolonged period of time, you are more likely to see results (usually achieved in 6-8 weeks of consistent use). Typical treatment times range from a few seconds to a maximum of a couple of minutes. After a few weeks of diligent UVB treatments, a substantial increase in the patient’s vitamin D blood level would be expected.
When taken as a supplement or included in your diet, Vitamin D is a great antioxidant that helps prevent skin damage and premature skin aging.
- Rejuvenates skin
- Treats psoriasis
To summarise, by using our range of machines, you can not only expect to see better and healthier skin, but you are also likely to feel better on the inside too. Since vitamin D plays such an important role in the development and normal functioning of the skin, it is evident that a lack of vitamin D will cause various skin problems. Deficiency of vitamin D can increase the risk of the following diseases and disorders.
- Certain forms of skin cancer
- Increased acne breakouts
- Hair loss
Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that plays multiple roles in maintaining your skin’s health. So if you struggle to produce vitamin D, why not try out our range of machines and Philips TL100W/01 narrowband lamps. You can read all about them here or contact us today for more information.