Most of us adhere to the sun smart message, especially when summer hits. But did you know that it's also just as important to absorb some of the sun's vital rays to prevent vitamin D deficiency?
According to the Australian Bureau Statistics, roughly 1/3 of Australians have vitamin D deficiency. How can this be? It seems there is increasing confusion about how to straddle the fine line between getting enough sunshine to produce vitamin D but not so much that you end up burnt.
So how can you strike a healthy balance?
'Humans have always depended on sunlight as their major source of the -sunshine vitamin', vitamin D," says Professor Michael F Holick, a leading authority on vitamin D, who says 'The use of a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 50 can reduce the production of vitamin D in the skin by up to 99 per cent."
An Australian sunscreen has been developed with patented vitamin D promoting technology and is the first in the world to enable both broad spectrum sun protection whilst permitting some of the UVB light that our bodies use to make vitamin D. It's already had wide support from Professor Holick as well as other acclaimed scientists globally.
'Available in SPF 30 and SPF 50 – Solar D Sunscreen works by filtering the sun's harmful rays, while permitting the passage of a spectrum of sunlight that stimulates natural production of vitamin D in our skin," says Solar D CEO, Mathew Collett.
Without a healthy dose of the -sunshine vitamin', we can suffer from vitamin D deficiency which has been shown to be associated with Osteoporosis, MS, Auto Immune Diseases, cardiac conditions, stroke, Diabetes 1 and 2, cancers including bowel and breast cancer, and other health conditions.
Solar D Sunscreen offers UVA and UVB broad spectrum coverage protecting you against sun spots, sunburn and skin cancer. Available in a lotion and spray, Solar D sunscreens provides two hours water resistance, making them ideal for the outdoor season ahead. Because the range is oil free and fragrance free, it is also gentle on sensitive skin and will suit the whole family.
The Solar D range – which includes Solar D Active SPF 30, Solar D Daily Use SPF 50 and Solar D Kids SPF 30 - is available at Woolworths, Pharmacy Choice, Amcal, Amcal Max, Capital Chemists, Good Price, Sigma and About Life. It is also available internationally at select chemists in New Zealand and through Amazon and walmart.com in the US.
Solar D developed and patented the world's first vitamin D promoting sunscreen. Solar D Sunscreen filters the sun's harmful rays, while permitting the passage of a spectrum of sunlight that stimulates natural production of vitamin D in our skin. The vitamin D promoting sunscreen technology has been granted a patent in New Zealand, Australia and Japan and has patents pending in Brazil, Canada, European Union, and the United States.
Whether she's surfing, singing, or dancing like there's nobody watching, Liv Phyland has energy to burn. She's a fresh, healthy face with a cheeky sense of humour and her genuine lust for life is addictive.
Liv's television debut was in 2011, when she became the host of ABC3's flagship show -Studio3'. Since then she has appeared in her own show -Liv on the Edge' and MC'd events such as -Fun4Kids' festival, Cyber Safety Summit, The ARIAs red carpet and St Kilda Festival.
In 2015 Liv made the jump from ABC to hosting Eleven's music show The Loop, alongside Scott Tweedie. She is an in-demand and exceptional public speaker, and has hosted numerous large scale events including Trop Jr 2015/2016, the ARIA Awards Red Carpet 2015 and ARIA Nominations Event 2016 amongst other things.
Liv recently completed her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Nutrition, and is a certified health coach. She utilises her knowledge and passion for health and wellbeing by hosting seminars and writing columns that benefit female teens.
Liv is also an ambassador for Ride 2 School and The Starlight Foundation, which allow her to assist others in the wider community.
In her free time, Liv sings in a band, goes on surfing road-trips and learns the guitar. She is very outgoing, full of life and a natural beauty.
Question: Why do you love the Solar D brand?
Olivia Phyland: As someone who is obsessed with being outdoors, doing activities and being in the ocean, I am in the sun every single day. Solar D is my saving grace! It helps protect me from the harsh UVA rays that cause skin damage, aging and sun cancers, but also allows my body to absorb the UVB rays responsible for producing Vitamin D. FYI- Vit D is so important for good health. So this my friends, is a win win situation!
Question: How often do you wear sunscreen?
Olivia Phyland: I have quite dry skin so always lather up on a lot of moisturiser, especially before bed. And then I start everyday with solar D sunscreen! It is not too oily or heavy but helps to moisturise my skin as well as protecting it from the harsh sun in Australia.
Question: What five items would we find in your make-up bag?
Olivia Phyland: I've been using the Georgio Armani foundation the last 6 months, and it is like silk! I rely a lot on my Clarisonic facial cleansing brush (it's a game changer), and a Sea2Skin activating mask. And of course 2 Solar D Sunscreen products. SPF 30 for my face and SPF 50 for the rest of my body.
Question: What are the five skin-care items you can't live without?
Olivia Phyland: I've been using the Georgio Armani foundation the last 6 months, and it is like silk! I rely a lot on my Clarisonic facial cleansing brush (it's a game changer), and a Sea2Skin activating mask. Of course 2 Solar D Sunscreen products. SPF 30 for my face and SPF 50 for the rest of my body.
Question: How do you keep your skin looking fresh, all year round?
Olivia Phyland: My main beauty secret for glowing skin… the ocean! Salt water and a bit of Vitamin D seem to make my skin so much clearer. And for that I love Summer even more! Unfortunately though, the downside to summer skin; wearing sunscreen every single day. In the past it has made my skin quite clogged and oily after a while. The brilliant thing with Solar D is that it's not oily or heavy on the skin, and is fragrance free, which means my sensitive skin doesn't become a raging hot mess.
Question: How important is eating to your skin's health?
Olivia Phyland: So important! You feel and look your best when you nourish your body. My diet is super high in good fats. I eat so much salmon, avocado, nuts and coconut oil. I also drink at least 3 Litres of water a day, as I get dehydrated easily and my skin is quite dry.
Question: Can you share with us your 2016 Most Played Songs?
Olivia Phyland: I love folk music, so The Lumineers' new album has been on repeat, plus my favourite new Aussie artist, Ziggy Alberts. In terms of the chart topping pop songs... Justin Bieber dominated early last year, as well as Fast Car by Jonas Blue, Chainsmokers and Twenty One Pilots.
Question: What's a typical day like, for you?
Olivia Phyland: Every single day is so different. But today for example- I get up at 5:30, exercise class/ yoga or surf, swim, brekkie, emails and work from home, go into Channel Ten for a script read through, wardrobe, hair and make up, record The Loop, random jobs or meetings, another swim, and either an Event at night or spending hours in the kitchen cooking!
Interview by Brooke Hunter