Often called the ‘sunshine vitamin’, vitamin D plays an integral role in skin protection and rejuvenation. In its active form as calcitriol, vitamin D contributes to skin cell growth, repair, and metabolism. It enhances the skin’s immune system and helps to destroy free radicals that can cause premature ageing. Vitamin D supplements have also been found to improve conditions such as acne and psoriasis, although it's still not known how.
Our bodies produce vitamin D on their own through sun exposure, but too much sun speeds up skin ageing. Over time the sun can damage this delicate organ, leading to wrinkles, sun spots, and increased risk of skin cancer.
At times when sun exposure is limited, such as in winter months, it's important to top up levels of vitamin D through your diet and supplements to still gain its health benefits. But applying vitamin D topically to the skin is also effective in maintaining good skin health and improving some skin conditions.
This vitamin D face mask recipe will leave your skin feeling soft and cleansed. The egg yolk and yoghurt are rich-sources of vitamin D, as well as having anti-inflammatory properties that will help to calm down redness, while the oats will act as a mild exfoliator.
Mix all ingredients together. Apply it to your face and rinse with lukewarm water after 15 minutes.
Last updated Tuesday 14 December 2021
First published on Tuesday 5 April 2016