How Does Vitamin E Benefit Skin?

- By: Joshua Onysko

Bio-available Vitamins A, C, & E are your skin’s best allies against the environmental and lifestyle factors that affect its health and appearance. Over the past weeks we’ve published posts about the amazing benefits of Vitamin C and Vitamin A in Skincare. Today we’re going to talk about what Vitamin E(xcellent) does for your face.

What is Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is a workhorse vitamin that is actually a family of eight different types of oil-soluble antioxidants. Vitamin E protects the body’s cells from oxidative stress and is an essential nutrient the body needs to ward off infections, experience adequate eyesight, and maintain muscle strength.

Of the eight types of Vitamin E compounds, Tocopherol is the one most commonly found in Skincare. Foods that are high in Vitamin E include wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, peanut butter, avocado, hazelnut oil, pine nuts, mango, turnip greens, and kiwi fruit, among many others.

What Vitamin E Does For Your Skin
When it comes to your skin, Vitamin E’s biggest superpower is its ability to repair skin. Everything from sun damage to scars and burns benefit from Vitamin E’s healing benefits. It works by removing the free radicals that cause oxidative damage to cells. Free radicals are dangerous because, unchecked, they will stabilize themselves within a cell by attaching to an electron such as DNA, skin proteins, connective tissues, and cell membranes. (This is when they do their nefarious work.) As in all matters pertaining to vitality and health, prevention is key. Getting your Vitamin E both topically and in your diet will help ward off free radicals before they can become destructive.

10 Benefits of Vitamin E in Skincare

1. Vitamin E can help mitigate the effects of sun exposure and air pollution. Using a Vitamin E-rich Facial Cream or Skin Serum may help to offset the complexion stressors we experience on a daily basis.

2. Vitamin E offers high quality moisture. Dry and Mature complexions benefit greatly from the daily use of Skincare that is rich in Vitamin E. 

3. Vitamin E may speed the healing of skin trauma. While there is little scientific research on this, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence showing that topical Vitamin E hastens the healing process of scars and wounds.

4. Vitamin E soothes redness. As a natural anti-inflammatory, Vitamin E can help calm and even out blotchy, red complexions.

5. Vitamin E offers relief from Winter Skin. The winter months commonly elicit skin’s less flattering, itchier, drier qualities. We recommend using a Vitamin E-rich Body Oil to soothe itchy skin and bring out its smoother, silkier qualities instead.

6. Vitamin E helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The moisturizing benefits of Vitamin E help skin look plump, radiant, and youthful – that's why we make sure it’s included in our Eye Cream.

7. Vitamin E can help treat mild psoriasis and eczema. We are of the belief that eliminating food allergens, such as corn, wheat, and dairy, is the first thing sufferers of psoriasis and eczema can do to eliminate their symptoms, as food allergies are the main cause of these conditions. Once you’ve done that, however, Vitamin E will help soothe the nasty itchy patches that remain until your body clears the allergens from your system.

8. Vitamin E removes dirt from skin. Since it is a heavy emollient, it removes dirt from your pores to give you a refreshed and smooth appearance. This is why we include it in our Facial Toning Serums

9. Vitamin E helps prevent premature aging. We just published a post that included some thoughts about the phrase “anti-aging.” However, Vitamin E’s antioxidants are legit in that department. The main way it slows the aging process is by improving blood circulation, which delivers oxygen and nutrients to your skin, helping it look firm and youthful.

10. Vitamin E may help reduce hyperpigmentation… but you must also combine it with Vitamin C for it to do so. Studies suggest that combining Vitamins E & C help improve dark spots caused by overexposure to the sun. We recommend using a Hand Cream containing healthy doses of Vitamins E & C, as the hands are always the first to show signs of hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and aging.

Do I Need to Take a Vitamin E Supplement?
While it’s always advisable to consult your doctor, generally speaking you can get plenty of Vitamin E by making good food choices. Since it’s fat-soluble, our bodies can store Vitamin E in the liver, where it will be used on days when we might get less Vitamin E than usual. You may have trouble getting enough Vitamin E if you are on a low-fat diet or have a health condition that makes it difficult to absorb fat. For most of us, however, eating a diet high in antioxidant-rich foods such as vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and moderate amounts of unsaturated fats should give us a healthy amount of Vitamin E each day.

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