– Why does vitamin D deficiency occur here in the GCC?

In general, there are two main reasons behind the UAE’s prominent deficiency of vitamin D. For local or Arab women, they tend to have limited exposure, or sometimes even a complete lack of exposure to sunlight, due to the fact they adhere to modesty in dressing by wearing either a hijab or traditional abaya. There is also a real awareness about how the sun can be linked to cancer. Because of this, most women avoid sun exposure or wear sunscreen with high SPF. This, in turn, blocks vitamin D from penetrating into the skin.

– How can we help boost our vitamin D deficiency levels here in the GCC?

It takes as little as 20 minutes of daily sun exposure for the body to utilise UVA rays and convert them into vitamin D in the body.And, if this still isn’t possible, then supplementation is vital.

– What can salons/spas/aesthetic clinics do to help treat patients/clients with low vitamin D deficiency levels?

More than 75 per cent of the world’s population is vitamin D deficient and most of them don’t even know it. To make sure you’re not part of that majority, it takes the right balance of sunshine, supplements and the right food groups, so education is the key and this is where clinics and their specialists can have an important role.