We aren’t the first to say that we’re living in weird and uncertain times. Most of us have had our daily routines thrown out the window, and the pandemic seems to be the only thing anyone is talking about. However, in times like these, it’s vital to still take care of yourself. After all, when this storm passes (which it will), you’ll return to normalcy, and your body will thank you for looking after it even when it was a bit tougher than usual. Because this time of year is when most of us would be getting out and soaking up some vitamin D, we’re going to provide a few ways to keep your skin healthy while you can’t get out as much as you’d like.
The primary way most people get their Vitamin D is through sunlight. If you've got a backyard, that's great! You can also sit by an open, but don't forget to turn every now and then! If you don't have these options, that's okay. We're going to walk you through some ways to make up for it!
The next easiest – and most delicious – option is to work some vitamin D-rich foods into your diet. We understand that some grocery stores may not have all of these things in stock at the moment, so we'll provide a lot of options for you to look for!
- Fatty fish (tuna, salmon, or herring) are a tasty and plentiful source of vitamin D. Plus, raw fish generally provides even more, so you get bonus points for sushi, if available.
- Many foods and drinks, such as cereal, milk, and orange juice, are fortified with vitamin D. Be sure to check out the nutritional information while you’re looking through the grocery aisle to see if an item is fortified!
- Eggs are a great option as well because the yolk contains vitamin D, and the egg white contains fat, which helps your body absorb the vitamin. While you shouldn’t eat tons of eggs due to their high cholesterol levels, don’t be afraid to work a couple into your breakfast each morning.
- If you’re vegetarian or vegan, mushrooms – particularly Portobello – are also a fantastic source of vitamin D!
Of course, it’s not always entirely reasonable to build your entire diet around getting more vitamin D, so it may be worth exploring other options, such as a supplement or even fish oil. Cod liver oil, in particular, contains a fantastic amount of vitamin D, so it is a popular go-to for people trying to increase vitamin D intake. Just be sure to speak with your doctor before making any serious changes, as most healthy people only need about 600 IU (International Units) per day.
If you keep up your vitamin D intake during this time, your body will thank you. Also, don’t forget to continue with other usual skincare routines, such as exfoliating, moisturizing, and bathing in lukewarm water rather than hot. By doing this, you’ll keep your skin glowing and be as ready as ever to take on the world once we make it through this!