Vitamin E is a very common ingredient in our skincare products. It is a powerhouse of a vitamin but probably doesn't get near enough credit or recognition in comparison to its counterparts, vit A & C (ahem, ahem, equality infringement). It is an oil soluble vitamin meaning it is dissolved in oil or lipids, and can also be stored in our cells for use throughout the day, kind of like a little packed lunch!
Vitamin E has so many benefits for the skin and body and is plentiful in a healthy balanced diet. On food labels, look out for d-alpha-tocopherol, naturally derived vit E or dl-alpha-tocopherol, it's synthetic form.
The skin is best looked after from the inside as well as the outside, so keep foods such as; kale, avacodo, almonds, sunflower seeds, in your diet. Foods like broccoli, bell peppers and citrus fruits carry both vitamins E & C, which are basically like the Jay & Bey couple of the vitamin world.
Topically, vitamin E will be listed in your skincare ingredients as tocopherols or tocotrienols. For added benefit use vitamin E with vitamin C. Vitamin C greatly improves the efficiecy of vitamin E by helping it to absorb better, giving it backup and protection. Think of vitamin C as vitamin E's bodyguard - the Frank Farmer to his Rachel Marron - if you will!
Ok, I know, I've done it twice now but these two are good together ok!!
So, let's talk about what makes this underrated vitamin so amazeballs.
First off, it's an anti oxidant, it fights off and stabilizes free radicals, those "pesky varmints" (to quote Yosemite Sam from the looney tunes remeber him?) that wreak havoc on our cells depleting our collagen levels. But, after it's done fighting, it actually goes around trying to fix the damage that's been done - sound!
It supports ourvoverall immune system and is a natural anti inflammatory making it essential for acne sufferers.
As mentioned above, vitamin E is oil soluble so it goes to work in the sebum and lipids of our skin.
Ok so heres a little bit of science...
Each cell in our body is coated with a membrane that is made of fats or lipids. We need this membrane to keep the good stuff in and the bad stuff out. It also helos to keep our skin plump. Vitamin E helps to strengthen the lipid membrane around our cells, stopping water loss and keeping our hydration levels up. This also helps to strengthen our acid mantle, the skin's natural barrier that keeps out bacteria, virus and other harmful entities that may want to cause disturbance.
By performing these amazing functions, it's worth nothing that vitamin E is known to reduce the appearance of scars and bring relief to and soothe eczema.
If all that wasn't enough to bring up your rating of vitamin E, then this definitely will.
Vitamin is the ultimate partner to SPF. It has the ability to absorb UVB (the one that burns, not UVA) and so has it's own natural SPF however, it should NOT be used as an SPF or substitute SPF. Use it under your SPF for a greater defense against the suns rays - the ultimate collagen killer!!!
I hope you enjoyed this blogpost, feel free to leave a comment. Thanks for reading x
Omegas, what are they?
Ok, so this is a bit of a science-y blog but it's an important part of skin health. Omegas are fatty acids. There's omega 3, 6 & 9. Omega 3 & 6 are essantial fatty acids (EFAs), as they cannot be made in the body when it's needed.
Types of Omega 3 Fatty Acids ->
- Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA)
- Eiscosapentaenoic (EPA)
- Docosahexaenoic (DHA)
Types of Omega 6 Fatty Acids ->
- Linoleic Acid (LA)
- Gamma linoleic (GLA)
- Arachidonic Acid (AA) (Pic: Google)
Essential Fatty Acids
Omega 3 aka ALA, can converted in the body to produce EPA and DHA. Omega 6 aka LA, can be converted into GLA and AA. Omegas have a multitude of benefits to the body, skin and brain, but I'm going to focus on the benefits to the skin.
The breakdown of LA and ALA in the skin can be limited and many EFAs can be oxidised by the liver before reaching the skin tissues. This is why it is important to apply EFAs topically in our skincare as well as interanally through our diet. Omega supplements are also widely available but this must be discussed with your healthcare professional.
Omega Fatty Acids Benefits To The Skin;
- controls the anti inflammatory response in the skin
- help build the structure of the skin
- essential for repair and healing
- critical for normal skin function and oil production
- helps prevent dryness and locks in moisture
- lessens the signs of sun damage and provides anti ageing properties
Topical Benefits Omega Fatty Acids;
Omega 3 (ALA)
- regulates oil production
- increase elasticity
- helps retain moisture
- improves appearance of sun damage
- protects the skin by restoring and maintaining a healthy barrier
- essential for healthy function of the skin
Omega 9 (Oleic Acid)
- seals in moisture
- softens the skin
- anti inflammatory
Its important to make sure that we are applying the right products to our skin and getting the most out of them. Everyone should make sure they are getting enough EFAs, no matter the skin type.
- dry skin
- mature skin
- oily skin
- acne prone
- eczema & dermatitis
They help maintain the strength and shine in your hair and can also help with the absorbtion of antioxidants because of their ability to permeate the skin's barrier.
So, by choosing skincare products that include omegas and incorporating them in your diet, gives your skin the best chance at being healthy and looking healthy. If you're experiencing minor breakouts, patches of dry skin or signs of premature ageing maybe you should look at whether this might be something you're lacking.
The Vitality Super Vitamin range from the brand Nía Natural Beauty, is packed with fatty acids and anti oxidants among other natural ingredients. This is an example of products you can get that provide almost everything you might need to feed your skin from the outside. Knowing what is in your skincare products helps you to better understand what is happening with your skin. Your skincare routine is an investment in your skin, so don't be afraid to ask about ingredients or ask about certain ingredients you want to include in your routine.
As always feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think or if there's anything you'd like to ask me you can contact me on any of my social media platforms or by email. Enjoy xx
* Last year in Ireland, 10,000 cases of skin cancer were diagnosed.
Using SPF ->
You need protection from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays damage the deep layers of the skin affecting it's elasticity causing wrinkles, premature ageingvand can lead to skin cancer. UVB rays damage the outer layers of the skin causing sunburn and skin cancers.
UVB protection is measured by numbers eg. SPF 30 and UVA protection is measured in stars. For optimal protection you should use an SPF of at least 30 with at least 4 out 5 stars, and look for words such as; 'broad spectrum' which indicates both levels of protection, 'waterproof' so you know protection is maintained after swimming and sweating and 'photostable' which means it won't break down in the sun.
** Eating more tomatoes and red veggies will boost your body's ability to protect itself from the sun. Cooked tomatoes are better because they contain more lypocene.
Also, even if your SPF says for example "protection for 8hrs", you should still apply it liberally and frequently.
I love being tanned, it makes you feel so great and look so healthy and glowing. However, in this case, faking it is definitely the better option!
* Taken from the HSE website
** Disclaimer; always follow your dietitian's dietary advice.
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