Updated: Apr 29
Why should we embrace Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, fat-soluble vitamin and mineral, that helps neutralise free radicals and treat inflammatory skin conditions. Sourced from our diet, it is a key component in our immune system, helping defend against infection and helping maintain healthy skin and eyes. Vitamin E can be sourced from plant-based oils such as wheat germ (which provides the highest yield of vitamin E in comparison with other cold pressed oil), sunflower, safflower and soya bean oils, as well as nuts, seeds, fruit and vegetables. It is also synthetically produced. Vitamin E found in skincare products are known as tocopheryl acetate (ATA) and tocopherol, due to their ability to prevent skin damage.
Vitamin E and skincare
Within topical skincare, vitamin E is used because of its powerful action as an anti-oxidant, fighting against pollutants that effect our skin quality, strength, health and increase ageing. With Vitamin E being so versatile, it is suitable for most skin types. It has the ability to soothe, moisturise, strengthen and nurture skin that is irritated so is ideal for those of us with dry, dehydrated and mature skin. People who suffer from oily, congested or skin that breakouts often may find this ingredient in their skincare products a little too rich because it does have the potential to block pores and increase the rates of skin breakouts. However saying this, don't discount this addition to your skincare regime, because it is instrumental in helping collagen production. If you're unsure, go slowly with the product and see if it causes breakouts.
Vitamin E works well with other skincare additives. For example, when combined with Vitamin C, due to their different solubility properties (fat-soluble opposed to water soluble) they can target different layers of the skin, brining hydration and oils to skin cells. This dual combination of positive effects on skin result in improvement of skin tones, a balancing out of unevenness, brightening of dull complexions and a dual defence against the stressors that common, everyday pollutants place upon our skin, such as UV rays, smoking and general air-borne pollutants.
Products to reach for can include cleansers, moisturisers or, when confident, more concentrated serums.
If you'd like to know more and understand what stressors our skin faces on a daily basis, as well as great products to reach for, please have a read of our blog Pro -ageing - embracing the ageing process by using the correct skincare products