Most of us may have associated vitamins to food and their multiple health benefits, but we can also find them in our cosmetics too! One that stands out is Vitamin E and if you take a look at the ingredients of your care products you are most likely to see Vitamin E appear among them, usually in the form of tocopherol!
Vitamin E: Benefits
Vitamin E refers to a group of eight different compounds all of which are fat-soluble antioxidants, which means that they are dissolved in the presence of fat. The role of antioxidants is to protect our cells from free radicals and as you may realize our skin is perhaps the most exposed organ in them. If you think of our daily exposure to air pollution and the sun exposure, you will soon understand how the premature aging of the skin occurs! So, Vitamin E really helps us with its anti-aging properties.
Topical application of vitamin E can help us in many skin problems and cell renewal, thus helping with skin lesions, scars and light burns. In addition, it strengthens the skin barrier and soothes the skin thanks to the anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties.
Vitamin E: where does it exist?
Vitamin E is usually found in vegetable oils such as wheat oil, corn oil and soybean oil, but also in seeds e.g. sunflower seeds and nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts and peanuts. We also find it in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and in enriched foods that are now marketed.
Consuming these foods will provide us with the antioxidant benefits of vitamin E, but certainly the external use will have a more direct effect on our skin!
How do we use vitamin E on the face?
Vitamin E is a key ingredient in a variety of care products, such as anti-aging, serum and booster creams, but you will also often find ampoules with vitamin E for the face.
Many are those that prefer vitamin E softgels, which easily break with a clean brooch or clean scissors and apply the oil directly to the face with gentle moves. Indeed, this technique is proposed after sun exposure, as Dr. John R. Trevithick of the University of Western Ontario says, the application within the next eight hours helps prevent wrinkles that are caused due to inflammation and sun damage!
As fat-soluble, it is ideal to dissolve vitamin E softgel in some oil. For the face choose a dry oil that will not leave a greasy feeling nor clog the pores.
Vitamin A and E for the face
You will often see these two vitamins together in various cosmetics. They are a powerful antioxidant combination and are often chosen in anti-aging creams. You will usually find them in night care products as vitamin A, also known as retinol, is applied in the evening.
Some people may experience an allergic reaction to vitamin E, observing some irritation or itching after applying it to the skin. It is usually not recommended for people with hypersensitivity, very oily or acne skin. However, the likelihood of someone reacting negatively is less than 1%.
So choose Vitamin E for its unique antioxidant properties and see your face be refreshed!
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