Best skincare to give all the benefits of vitamin D: The Body Shop, Drunk Elephant, Herbivore Botanicals...

Best skincare to give all the benefits of vitamin D: The Body Shop, Drunk Elephant, Herbivore Botanicals...

Sun's up

Text: Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @drunkelephant

To lounge out in the sun or not, that is the question. SPF loyalists are sure to tell you to shirk its pesky rays but as it turns out, the gargantuan ball of flames in the sky isn't all that bad. As with your favourite food-related indulgences, enjoying it in moderation can be beneficial for your overall health and complexion. In this case, vitamin D helps fight free radical damage, reduce skin inflammation, and ward off signs of ageing including fine lines and wrinkles. 15-20 minutes of sun exposure a few times a week is enough to reap these rewards — which wouldn't be a problem normally if we weren't still in lockdown. Eep. Lucky for us, the skincare sphere has us covered with offerings that mimic the effects of vitamin D on skin to a T. A look at the goods, below.

1. The Body Shop Vitamin E range

No, we're not getting our fat soluble compounds wrong. As it happens, vitamin E works similarly to vitamin D, where both contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to promote cell rejuvenation. Call it kismet, but the British brand has conveniently reformulated their lineup of vitamin E moisturisers and mists to be even more potent than before. Each product is now made with raspberry extract and hyaluronic acid to take skin-nourishment to new heights.


2. Herbivore Botanicals Emerald Hemp Seed Deep Moisture Glow Oil

We have no doubt you're working on upping those moisture levels in your free time but if skin dullness is still an issue, we recommend giving this glow-inducing blend a go. The inclusion of shiitake mushrooms — aka a natural source of vitamin D — boosts your complexion's cell regeneration rate, leading to a brighter, more even-toned mien. And if this wasn't appealing enough, the addition of calming and nourishing squalene should do the trick. Hit add to cart, stat.


3. Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops

This one provides a multitude of complexion benefits, and comes with the added benefit of making you look like a beach-dwelling, sun-kissed goddess. That's a tinted cream with raw, unrefined cocoa powder that adds depth and definition in just a single swipe. What's not to like again? We also appreciate that it contains a concentrated mix of protective antioxidants that bolsters your skin's defenses against pollution and environmental stressors.


4. Hum Nutrition Here Comes The Sun High Potency Vitamin D3

Oral supplementation has the added benefit of helping with calcium absorption, too. Translation: stronger, healthier bones. Muscle retention, heart health, and immune system functioning is improved, too — so you know you'll be doing the most for your body and skin. Sign us up.


5. Zelens Power D High Potency Provitamin D Treatment Drops

Fortifying a weakened skin barrier is easy when you have this free-radical fighting elixir on your side. Having earned cult status amongst skincare obsessives, this luxury offering from Zelens is revered for its multitude of benefits ranging from building skin resilience to providing long-lasting hydration. Use it twice daily and follow it with a preferred serum/moisturiser to witness optimal effects.