Vitamin E Oil For Face: Benefits And Uses

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 such as sunflower seeds, almonds, avocado and olive oil, to name a few.

According to research, in addition to consuming Vitamin E through food, even external application of Vitamin E oil on your face provides beneficial properties to the skin. Let us learn more about the role played by Vitamin E oil in our skin’s health and appearance.


  • It 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.
  • It 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.
  • It promotes wound healing
    According to a study, Vitamin E provides anti-inflammatory properties to the skin, speeds up wound healing and also prevents further bruising.
  • It reduces hyperpigmentation
    Studies indicate that oral consumption (through food sources) and topical application of Vitamin E inhibits 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.
  • It reduces acne
    The same study also concluded that Vitamin E was seen to prevent the formation of comedones, and prevent inflammation in sebaceous glands and hair follicles on our skin, thereby preventing acne and congestion.
  • It 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.
  • It prevents ageing
    Oils rich in Vitamin E are popularly used in organic skin care products for not only their antioxidant properties but also for their ability to synthesise collagen in the skin and moisturise it deeply.
    Vitamin E oil gives our skin a plump and glowing appearance, promotes elasticity, softens fine lines and wrinkles, and prevents transepidermal water loss (TEWL) in our skin cells.
  • It 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.
  • It reduces stretch marks
    The collagen synthesising 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 moisturising during pregnancy is even known to prevent the formation of stretch marks in 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.
  • It 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.


  • Vitamin E oil for 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.
  • Vitamin E oil 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.
  • Vitamin E oil 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.
  • Vitamin E oil 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.
  • Vitamin E oil for sun care
    Use a 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.
  • Massing with Vitamin E oil 
    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.

Note – Every ingredient and product behaves differently on different skin types. Please patch test new products before using them.



  • Who can use Vitamin E on skin and hair?
    Anyone who does not have sensitivity to Vitamin E can use it on skin and hair. However, we do recommend patch testing new products on your inner arm before applying them directly on your skin and scalp.

  • How long does it take to show results?
    Our skin and scalp experience months of wear and tear before showing signs for concern. Hence, time taken by any natural remedy to show visible results depends on how deep the concern goes. Consistency and patience are key for seeing results with natural ingredients.


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