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!!!
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