The Ultimate Guide To Vitamin E For Skin
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that supports our skin’s immune function and protects it against factors that contribute to ageing. It is primarily assimilated by our body through food sources. The most commonly available natural vitamin E sources are sunflower seeds, almonds, avocados and olive oil.
According to research, in addition to consuming Vitamin E through food, external application of Vitamin E oil on your face provides beneficial properties to your skin too. Let us learn more about the role played by Vitamin E oil in our skin’s health and appearance.
Vitamin E Benefits For Face
1. Prevents Oxidative Stress.
Using oils rich in Vitamin E provides antioxidant properties to the skin. It protects the skin against environmental factors such as pollution, sunlight and extreme temperatures, and fights against free radical damage.
2. Reduces Skin Irritation.
Research indicates that Vitamin E helps to soothe irritated skin, especially in the case of skin conditions such as dermatitis and psoriasis.
3. Promotes Wound Healing
According to a study, Vitamin E provides anti-inflammatory properties to the skin and speeds up wound healing and tissue repair.
4. Reduces Hyperpigmentation
Studies indicate that oral consumption (through food sources) and topical application of Vitamin E inhibit tyrosinase activity in skin cells which is mainly responsible for skin-darkening. It also reduces the appearance of melasma and sunspots.
Another study conducted to test the skin-brightening potential of Vitamin E concluded that a serum containing Vitamin E oil, Vitamin C and Raspberry extract could significantly improve the natural tone and texture of our skin in 4-8 weeks. This experiment was proven successful for Asian skin.
5. Reduces Acne
The same study also suggests that Vitamin E prevents the formation of comedones and inflammation, thereby preventing acne and congestion.
6. Promotes Scar Healing
Vitamin E (or tocopherol) is a known antioxidant for promoting tissue repair and reducing the appearance of scars from acne, injury or burns.
7. Delays Ageing
Oils rich in Vitamin E are popularly used in organic skin care products not only for their antioxidant properties, but also for their ability to synthesize collagen in the skin and moisturize it deeply. Vitamin E oil gives our skin a plump and glowing appearance, promotes elasticity, softens fine lines and wrinkles and prevents trans epidermal water loss (TEWL) in our skin cells.
8. Reduces Dark Circles
According to a study, topical application of Vitamin E oil at merely 0.1% in a skin care formulation has been seen to lighten dark circles, especially when they are induced by stress caused in the eye area.
9. Reduces Stretch Marks
The collagen synthesizing and scar healing properties of Vitamin E oil are also beneficial to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite. Using oils rich in Vitamin E for massaging and moisturizing during pregnancy is even known to prevent the formation of stretch marks in the future. According to a study, a blend of Vitamin E oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Vitamin C and Gotu Kola extract can successfully prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.
10. Prevents Photodamage
Research indicates that topical application of Vitamin E oil on skin protects the dermal barrier from getting damaged by ultraviolet radiation during sun exposure or while using tanning beds.
Vitamin E oil is also used in aftercare remedies to reduce the effects of sunburn and inflammation post sun exposure.
Tips To Use Vitamin E Oil For Skin CareFor Anti-Ageing
Pure Vitamin E oil or alpha-tocopherol is thick in consistency, and brown in colour, similar to raw honey. 1 drop of Vitamin E oil can be added to your skin care formulations at night to enhance their anti-ageing benefits.For Brightening Skin
Vitamin E oil inhibits tyrosinase activity in skin cells to prevent skin darkening. A night-time serum made with organic oils rich in Vitamin E can be applied to your skin at the end of your routine to protect the skin against oxidation and hyperpigmentation.
For Dark Circles
An eye cream or night cream formulated with oils rich in Vitamin E can be used every night for a prolonged period to see visible improvement in under eye circles and puffy eyes.For Nourishment
Facial oils and creams that are rich in Vitamin E moisturise your skin deeply, reduce dryness and scaliness, and prevent moisture loss from skin cells. At the same time, cleansers made with oils rich in Vitamin E can be used to cleanse your face and body and prevent skin from getting dehydrated. Vitamin E oil can also be used to moisturise and repair dry and chapped lips.For Sun Care
Use sunscreen that contains Vitamin E oil or oils rich in Vitamin E for added protection against sun damage. An oil blend of cold pressed argan oil and cold pressed sweet almond oil can be used a couple of hours after sun exposure to reduce the effects of photodamage on your skin.For Massaging
A massage oil or serum formulated with Vitamin E oil can be used on your face and body to moisturise skin, promote vitality, enhance blood flow and improve your complexion and skin texture.
Juicy Chemistry Products That Are Rich In Vitamin E Oil
Juicy Chemistry's Tamanu, Kakadu Plum and Frankincense Organic Face Wash and Saffron, Marula and Ylang Ylang Organic Face Wash are enriched with Tocopherol (the purest form of Vitamin E oil for the face) and Vitamin E rich oils like Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil and Avocado Oil that leave your skin soft and nourished.
Our Helichrysum and Rosehip Facial Oil and Saffron and Red Raspberry Facial Oil are enriched with Organic Rosehip Seed Oil and Raspberry Seed Oil respectively, to stimulate blood circulation in your skin and boost glow.
Organic Lip And Eye Care
Juicy Chemistry Prickly Pear, Chia and Tamanu Eye Rollon is made with Prickly Pear Seed Oil and Sweet Almond Oil that contain high levels of Vitamin E. It reduces the appearance of dark circles and softens fine lines.
Juicy Chemistry Blood Orange and Rosehip Lip Balm is made with Vitamin E rich Rosehip Seed Oil and Apricot Oil. It nourishes chapped lips and improves the natural tone of your lips.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use vitamin E for hair care?
Yes. Vitamin E-rich carrier oils can be used on hair to repair hair damage and reduce hair fall.
Can I take a vitamin E supplement?
If your diet requires supplements, we recommend consulting your physician for the next steps.
Can I use vitamin E capsules on my skin?
Vitamin E capsules often contain a refined form of vitamin E oil that is transparent. Pure vitamin E is thick and brown like honey. If you can’t find pure vitamin E oil, you can use carrier oils that are naturally rich in vitamin E, such as sweet almond oil, avocado oil or rosehip seed oil.