In the beauty and skincare industry there is a tendency to constantly push novelty ingredients at the forefront tooting each new formula as better than the last. We’re all up for testing and trying all innovative ingredients, but some have taken the test of time and shouldn’t be forgotten. Vitamin E has been around for a long time but has been overshadowed by the “it vitamins of the day” - A and C. However it’s about time to get it back into your skincare routine, to reap the multiple benefits it offers.
What is Vitamin E
Vitamin E occurs naturally in skin, but with time sun exposure damage, the skin’s vitamin E reserves decrease, reducing it’s ability to fight aging. Products with added vitamin E can help replenish it.
You could also get it from your diet by eating foods such as avocado, olive oil and nuts. However, research has indicated that topically applied vitamin E works faster.
In skincare formulations, you can find it in two forms: tocopherol and tocopheryl acetate. Tocopherol is naturally-occuring and derived, while tocopheryl acetate is synthetic. Research has shown that natural forms of vitamin E are more effective, but both are powerful antioxidants. In all our formulations, we use naturally-derived form of vitamin E.
Protects the lipid barrier
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble ingredient, which means it’s able to penetrate deeply and preserve the lipids in your skin. This in turn prevents tight and dry skin caused by moisture loss.
Keeps the skin moisturized
Thanks to the deep penetration and lipid preservation vitamin E provides long-lasting moisture retention between your skin cells. This means, if you have any small cracks in your lipid barrier (caused by sun damage, environmental stress or overuse of acids), it can help seal them and prevent the escape of moisture, keeping your skin firm and hydrated for up to 16 hours.
Heals the skin
Thanks to its antioxidant properties, vitamin E can accelerate skin damage healing such as sunburn.
It’s a powerful antioxidant
In case you didn’t pay attention to this article so far, vitamin E has potent antioxidant properties. Why is this so important, for us to repeat it 4 times? Because antioxidants fight the damage caused by free radicals, pollution and our environment in general. None of us is immune to it. Over time, free radical oxidation weakens the protective skin barrier, which leaves you with tight, irritated and dehydrated skin. According to research even a light UV exposure can deplete the naturally-occuring vitamin E in your skin, so it’s important to replenish it in order to maintain healthy skin.
Thanks to its antioxidant properties, vitamin E can block free radicals, improve blood circulation and replenish lipids which helps slowing down the aging process.
Helps prevent age spots
Age spots, or liver spots are one of the symptoms of photoaging. They are small, dark flat areas on the skin and usually appear on areas frequently exposed to the sun, such as the face, shoulders and arms. With age, they get more and more visible. More than 90% of white people over 50 have them. Vitamin E plays a role in protecting the skin from the adverse effects of UV-induced oxidative stress, thanks, again to its antioxidant properties.
Vitamin E has anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it beneficial to those suffering from eczema, or atopic dermatitis by relieving the symptoms of inflammation.
What about scars and stretch marks?
One of the most popular applications of vitamin E is to treat scars. However, there isn’t sufficient evidence to support any claims that it can reduce the appearance of scars.
The bottom line
Are you convinced yet? Basically, you need vitamin E in your skincare routine - it’s protecting, moisturizing, and yes, a powerful antioxidant. Replenish your summer skin’s vitamin E reserves with our Luxury Body oils