Unlike vitamins A, B, and C, vitamin E is a name given to the family of oil-soluble antioxidants. It’s one of the most common ingredients to appear on skincare products under the name tocopheryl acetate.
Vitamin E is produced and accumulated in our pores. The sebaceous glands produce an oily substance called sebum, which is a substance that naturally moisturizes and protects our skin. Sebum combines and carries vitamin E to the surface of our skin.
People with oilier skin tend to have more vitamin E, while those with drier skin don’t have as much. Also, as we age, we experience a reduction in our sebum production, which is why our skin loses elasticity, moisture, and the ability to protect itself.
The benefits of vitamin E include antioxidant, anti-aging, and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help us absorb the energy from the sun, protect our skin from free radical damage, and can have excellent healing properties for those suffering from dry or flaky skin.
When it comes to dry skin, skin layers are broken and aren’t forming a strong enough barrier, which is why most products tend to burn or irritate the skin. In this case, there isn’t enough sebum being naturally produced to repair the skin and bring it back to life, which is why vitamin E is excellent for dry skin. Vitamin E will help keep the fats and lipids at an optimal level. Apply vitamin E to the dry areas of your face or body to help restore the balance of your skin.
It Helps Sun Damage
Free radicals are all around us and are caused by UV rays. The level of free radicals is even higher when there is a lot of pollution or smoke in the air. Even though we can’t see them, they can cause damage at a cellular level and age the skin prematurely. You can prevent your skin from the free radicals by implementing vitamin E to your skincare routine. Not only is vitamin E an excellent antioxidant, it has also been tested for its ability to absorb the intense energy from the UV light that kills the collagen and elastin fibers in our skin, which is called photodamage. When used in combination with SPF, vitamin E can provide up to 4 times more protection compared to SPF cream alone!