Vitamin D – Why is it important for your skin?

Vitamin D – Why is it important for your skin?


In today’s world we are always trying to find new solutions that will protect our skin from the world. Pollution, global warning and dietary problems are things we often hear about in the news but as we are learning more and more, they also have huge effects on our skin. A vitamin that can make a massive difference to healthy skin is, Vitamin D. The only problem is we get Vitamin D from the sun and we are constantly warned about the damaging health effects that too much sun exposure has. So, we are going to explain to benefits of Vitamin D, how it can help different types of skin and how we can get enough vitamin D without increasing the risks that come with too much sun exposure.

The main thing to know about Vitamin D is it is vital for cell repair and development. Vitamin D helps mobilize your skins immune system and destroy free radicals that damage your skin causing premature aging. If your body does not have an adequate amounts of vitamin D the results of your outer later of your skin may become thinner and fragile, which can emphasis fine lines, dark circles and pigmentation. Therefore, Vitamin D is a necessity for a healthy, glowing skin.

Also, if you suffer with Eczema then Vitamin D may be an option to explore, it can help the immune system reduce levels of inflammation and strengthen the skin’s barriers. People with eczema and low levels of vitamin D are more likely to develop skin infections. So, maintaining healthy levels of vitamin D may help manage and alleviate eczema symptoms.

Similarly, if you suffer with acne then looking for products that contain Vitamin D is a good option. Acne is caused by a build up of bacterial overgrowth, sebum levels, blocked pores and often hormones. Increasing your vitamin D intake might help clear up acne or the occasional breakout as it will soothe and calm the redness and help reduce the inflamed areas.

Vitamin D is also known to slow down the appearance of anti-aging as it helps the body to fight off free radicals that can be found in the environment which cause fine lines and wrinkles.

Between the age of 20 and 70 our bodies lose 75% of its ability to produce vitamin D. That’s why it’s a good idea find alternative ways to supply your skin with the vitamin D it needs. We all know you can get vitamin D from the sun but sitting in sunlight unprotected for long periods of time cause lasting healthy problems, so we suggest getting over the counter supplements or increasing the amount in your diet to help give you a boost.

So now we’ve all agreed that Vitamin D is necessary for keeping our skin looking plump, fresh and glowing, how do we get more of it into our systems?

Well the most effective and also the easiest way is to consider your diet, where can you add those extra Vitamin D additions in?

Fatty/oily fish is a great place to stock up on Vitamin D, so try adding in Tuna, Mackerel and Salmon into your diet a couple of times a week. Dairy products also contain plenty of Vitamin D, cheese, milk, yogurt and eggs will all help boost your intake. If you’re vegetarian or vegan then there are also plenty of options for you too, soy milk, some cereals and orange juice all contain a good amount of Vitamin D. Finally nuts and seeds also are a great source of Vitamin D, so why not have a small portion available for those 3pm desk snacks!

We also recommend Nature’s Answer which are Vitamin D3 drops which help improve the amount of Vitamin D you’re consuming. They help promote overall good health and wellbeing and are also gluten free.

The Best Stocking Fillers and Secret Santa Gifts

The Best Stocking Fillers and Secret Santa Gifts


Finding the perfect gift can be super tricky, especially if you’re shopping on a budget or looking for that Secret Santa prezzie for someone you’ve spoken to by the water cooler one time. Opening Christmas stockings is one of the highlights of Christmas, finding them at the end of your bed stuffed full is always super exciting. So, make your loved ones feel special this year and hopefully they’ll find a bit more than a satsuma at the bottom! There’s plenty of gift options that work for everyone available at Fragrance Direct, so read on to get some inspo all under £20!

Heart & Home Christmas Spirit Candle Jar – £6.99
This gorgeous Christmas candle makes for the perfect gift. A warming heart of brandied orange blending with sweet butterscotch and winter spiced apples, it will fill any home with festive cheer! With a burn time of up to 30 hours, they can enjoy this for weeks to come.

LaRoc 10 piece Diamond Bronze Brush Set – £8.95
For all the makeup lovers, this makeup brush set is ideal! Featuring 10 brushes for a bargain price of £8.95 you can’t go wrong! They can be used to apply compact or loose powder, blusher, concealer, eyeliner, eyeshadow, cream and liquid foundations. The gorgeous rose gold handles will look stunning on any dressing table!

Possibility Bath Fizzers Wreath Gift Set – £4.99
This cute little set of bath fizzers is ideal for a Secret Santa present that will knock their socks off. Featuring 6 different bath bombs in a range of scents means they can sit back, relax and pamper over the festive period.

Sunkissed Beautiful Bronze Beauty On The Go! – £3.50
This cute little makeup set is perfect for those who are always on the go! With everything you need to keep your makeup looking flawless, containing an award winning primer, Intense Colour Lip Crayon in shade Hot Coral and Big Lash mascara, along with 4 beautiful eyeshadow shades and a kohl liner. All housed in a cute little gift box, your Secret Santa recipient will be seriously impressed.

Ardell Magnetic Lashes – £8.95
Magnetic lashes have become really popular recently due to how easy they are to apply and don’t require any adhesive! Ardell create some of the best false lashes out there and this new style are gorgeous, natural and fluttery. The perfect addition to any beauty obsessive’s stocking.

Di Palomo Protective Hand & Nail Cream Gift Set – £9.99
Included in this set are 4 delicious fragranced hand creams in fig & grape, orange blossom with wild honey & olive, white grape with aloe and black cherry and almond. The Di Palomo’s advanced formulas contain UV filters which help to protect the skin. A handy little set that is perfect as a stocking stuffer or Secret Santa prezzie.

Shearer Candles Cranberry & Ginger Reed Diffuser – £9.50
Festive red berries with a splash of orange liqueur and a hint of fiery ginger spice, what else could you possibly want your house smelling of this Christmas! This diffuser comes in a gorgeous red, festive box so will make the perfect Secret Santa present this year.