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The Surprising Truth About Vitamin D and Sunscreen

The relationship between Vitamin D and sunscreen can feel pretty fraught.

You know many people don’t get enough of the important nutrient and that the easiest way to get it is to feed your body sunshine. Meanwhile, you’re busy shading your face and slathering on sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage and skin cancer.

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Should you chance a little skin damage and expose your body to a few rays for the sake of Vitamin D? Or should you stay in the shadows and take a supplement instead?

In this video, Dr. Whitney Bowe explains why these might actually be the wrong questions altogether.

Dr. Bowe is a superstar dermatologist in New York City who not only specializes in skin rejuvenation and laser dermatology but also focuses on how lifestyle factors like nutrition, exercise, and stress affect your skin. (AKA…our kind of woman!)

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She helps her patients and people all over the country figure out how to get #thatboweglow every day (and has also been a rockstar speaker at The Nutrition School’s Masterclass events in the past). And she’s sharing some of her genius tips and tricks, here, in a series of videos on hot skin-care topics.

Her take? Studies have actually shown that whether or not you use sunscreen is not one of the biggest factors affecting your Vitamin D levels. Here, she explains the science and breaks down the other factors you may be ignoring.

Vitamin D and Sunscreen: What You Need to Know