There seems to be a correlation between the use of sunscreens and the decrease in vitamin D by the body of people who use sunscreens.
In Italy the levels of vitamin D in the population have gradually decreased to the point of having a greater deficiency of this vitamin than in other European countries.
In fact, it seems that Italian citizens, despite living in a country where the sun is present, are also individuals used to using sunscreens, above all with high protection.
The effect of sunscreens on vitamin D would reduce the production of vitamin D by 75% and even more with peaks of up to 92.5% depending on the areas of the body considered.
The levels of vitamin D circulating in the body were however normal or slightly low but not so influenced with a decrease from 7.7% to 13%: not a serious deficiency of vitamin D therefore.
The correlation “between the use of sunscreens and vitamin D deficiency” therefore remains a field of investigation given that even the cadenced use of sunscreens that are applied to the skin every year in the summer months.
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What is Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a hormone produced by our body and which is used for many physiological functions such as the reduction of inflammation, the modulation of cell growth, the immune and neuromuscular response.
Furthermore, many know that vitamin D is essential for bone metabolism and its deficiency leads to diseases of the cardiovascular, metabolic and autoimmune systems.
Vitamin D is therefore produced by our body when it is exposed to the UV-B rays of the sun and its production is influenced by many factors such as latitude, longitude, climate and the day we are in, the clothes we use and therefore how much body is exposed to the sun, our age and the type of pigmentation we have on our skin.
Our body needs to be exposed to the sun at least 20 minutes a day in order to produce vitamin D. The areas of the body have a different production of vitamin D in fact the face and hands produce less of it while the trunk of the body is the one that produces the most vitamin D of all.
It is therefore recommended to stay in the sun even without a shirt to recharge with this vitamin D but on the other hand we must remember to protect ourselves from the sun which damages the skin.
In fact, sunscreen creams are absolutely recognized as essential to protect the skin from tumors that can arise from direct exposure to the sun and cellular aging.
Recall that the creams with sunscreens have various protections up to the highest which is SPF 50+ known as total protection. Those with higher protection are usually recommended more for children and for those with very fair and sensitive skin.
Conclusion sunscreens and vitamin D
In conclusion we could therefore say that according to the recent study document it will be good to use sunscreen creams but evaluating lighter shades in order to obtain two effects: the first is to allow the skin to receive the charge of the sun to produce the vitamin. D and the second to be protected from the most harmful sun rays.
Avoiding the hours before and after noon is another piece of advice to follow to preserve the health of the skin and not run into vitamin D deficiency .
We remind you that the less hot hours of the morning and afternoon are the most suitable for sunbathing and exposing yourself to the sun with the use of creams with light sunscreens that thus premise the production of the essential vitamin D as we have said for the well-being of the our body.