Sun, Sea and Skin…………

We have recently returned from a week in Lanzarote. This is Ayla’s first ‘hot’ summer holiday by the beach since being on her ‘Ayla Friendly’ diet. Now I knew from previous experience that both the sun and salt water have a really positive effect on her skin. So I couldnt wait to bring the two things together and see if her skin improved – as well as sticking to her diet and creaming regime.


It took about 3 days for her skin to firstly calm down (she had a minor flare up before we left), then from day 4 it just got better and better!!! Luckily she tans really easily and doesn’t burn so although I kept cream on her during the hottest part of the day. But for an hour in the morning I left cream off and we were vigilent with her emoilients and bathing at the end of the day. The result of a week slashing around in the sea and running around with little on……….beautiful skin!!

The redness went down, the scratches which are seem to be permanent on her ankles have gone. It brought tears to my eyes!!! By the end of the holiday we even let Ayla have a small scoop of icecream….and she was fine!!

10 days on and Ayla’s skin is still looking great. Reason enough for a holiday by the seaside at least once a year I say!!!

2 thoughts on “Sun, Sea and Skin…………

  1. Sun and sea provide VITAMIN D3 and MAGNESIUM.
    It may well be sensible to continue to improve vitamin D3 and magnesium status.
    Both Vitamin D3 and Magnesium are anti inflammatory agents so help immune function control the inflammatory response.
    To maintain the improvement in magnesium levels you could add a jugful of Magnesium Chloride(Dead Sea Salts) or Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salts) to bathwater. Both will make the bathwater hard and harder to make bubbles so it may be sensible to wash first and then soak in bath. Both salts can be obtained in 20kg bags from agricultural stores or the Outdoor Countryside cash and carry places for Horsey people with animals/chickens to buy their gear. Seawater has about 5 times the amount of magnesium that river water has. If you drink bottled water it may be worth looking at the labels and trying to find one with the highest magnesium content.
    Vitamin D3 is best maintained with 100iu/daily for each 2.5 lbs, 1000iu/daily for each 25lbs she/you weigh.
    The aim is to get 25(OH)D level to the point where it is most effective as an anti inflammatory agent which is 125nmol/l.
    CityAssays, Birmingham NHS path lab offer 25(OH)D testing by post for £25 a time or if you do the whole family it’s worth buying a 10 pack and sharing with friends/family art £20 a test.
    I use Health Origins 5000iu/vitamin D3 drops that I get from Iherb in the USA for £4.44. for a years supply. Drops are easier because you can just drip onto food or drinks or add to yoghurt. or ice cream.
    1 drop daily is about right for 62.5lbs.If she weighs a bit more or less than that it’s fine to use one drop daily and miss a day a week for less or use 1 drop daily and on one day a week more drops so the weeks total matches 7 times the optimum daily intake.
    If you haven’t bought stuff from the USA before you have to watch the total order value as orders £15 or more attract Customs Duty at 20% and our Post Office adds insult to injury by making you visit the sorting office to collect the package, pay the tax and pay them an extra £8 for them for the pleasure of taking money from you. Or if you want a bigger order, use the DHL delivery option and they pay the tax, deliver the goods, and bill you for the 20% Tax + £1.25 for handling. As the same item is £13 or more from Amazon Uk or Bigvits it may still work out cheaper. Code WAB666 provides an initial IHERB $5 discount.

    • I should perhaps have said that even with your recent week in Lanzarote it’s likely you are all still low in vitamin D compared to having full body, no sunscreen, UVB exposure. So although it’s a good idea to get 25(OH)D tested, you could leave it for 3~6 months and then test say March next year to decide if the current intake is sufficient to keep you all around the 125nmol/l mark. (at which human breast milk is vitamin D replete and you are best able to deal with infections and inflammation)
      If you are over the target reduce by 1000iu daily for each 25nmol/l you’re above 125nmol/l if you are still below the target then increase daily intake by the same amount.

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