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.
SKIN BENEFITS OF APPLYING VITAMIN E OIL
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.
SIMPLE TIPS TO USE VITAMIN E OIL FOR FACE
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.
JUICY CHEMISTRY PRODUCTS THAT ARE RICH IN VITAMIN E OIL
Juicy Chemistry’s natural soaps and cleansers are made with nourishing plant oils and butters that are rich in Vitamin E. They are handmade using the cold-process method of saponification which ensures a gentle and non-stripping cleansing experience while using our soaps.
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 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 Carrot, Rosehip and Neroli Organic Soap is made with Vitamin E rich Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter, Rosehip Seed Oil and Carrot extract to promote skin repair, reduce scarring and improve your skin tone.
Juice Chemistry Australian Sandalwood and Myrrh Night Cream consists of Tocopherol (Vitamin E oil), Argan Oil and Sweet Almond Oil to nourish dry skin and improve your complexion.
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.
Cold-pressed carrier oils
Our Cold Pressed Grapeseed Oil and Rosehip Seed Oil have lightweight consistencies, and they are well suited for oily skin. Our Cold Pressed Sweet Almond Oil has a medium consistency which is best suited for normal skin. Our Cold Pressed Avocado Oil has a rich consistency which makes it one of the best remedies for moisturising dry and parched skin and lips. Our Cold Pressed Argan Oil is suited for all skin types. It improves your skin’s elasticity and prevents free radical damage and oxidative stress.
Natural 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
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.