Vitamin E is one of the strongest antioxidant ingredients in skincare products whose effectiveness has been proven through researches.
There are different skin care products that contain vitamin E such as creams, moisturizers, facial oils and even shampoos.
In this post, we will talk about the various benefits of vitamin E oil for your skin and its different uses for your skin and hair.
Why is Vitamin E Good for the Skin?
An active form of vitamin E, the so-called A-Tocopherol, can be found in abundance in the stratum corneum (outermost skin´s layer) while it can only be found in smaller amounts in the deeper layers of the skin.
Even though the body is trying to transfer tocopherol to the surface of the skin through the sebum all the time, vitamin E is never enough. Also, if you take into consideration that over exposure to the sun can even immediately destroy half of the vitamin E that exists in the outer layer of the skin, it is easy to understand why it is so important for the upper layers of our skin to be full of vitamin E.
Topical application of vitamin E through products such as vitamin E oils, vitamin E capsules that you dilute in carrier oils for easier absorption, and other products have been proven to have a number of anti-aging benefits as well as other benefits for the skin including the reduction of the free radicals´ damage.
In addition, Vitamin E can be effectively combined with other antioxidants such as glutathione, vitamin C, coenzyme Q10 and others. So, let´s see more specifically now the benefits of vitamin E oil for the skin.
Vitamin E Oil Skin Benefits
Reduces Signs of Aging in the Skin- As a strong antioxidant, vitamin E destroys the free radicals that lead to visible signs of aging skin and reduces these signs. It also promotes the creation of new skin cells and has light anti-inflammatory properties.
Deals with Dry Skin and Prevents Premature Aging- Vitamin E Oil helps retain water in the skin and therefore it is not only effective in dealing and preventing skin dryness but it visibly improves the skin´s elasticity as well. Moisture retention also promotes a smoother and softer skin.
Good for Sun Damaged Skin- Vitamin E oil is good for preventing sun damage and when used after over exposure to the sun, it can recover the loss of hydration that is a common after effect of long sun exposure. It also works as an emollient for photo aged skin.
Heals Scars and Surgical Marks Naturally- Vitamin E gets into the deeper layers of the skin and by reinforcing the less healthy cells, it promotes skin repair and therefore helps in the healing of scars, surgical marks as well as acne marks.
Works as a Natural Preservative- Vitamin E stabilizes in water and therefore can be easily used in skin care products that you make at home. In fact, it is so stable that it works as a natural preservative. So, adding vitamin E in the carrier oils you are using actually prolongs their shelf life.
Improves the Absorption Rate of Other Vitamins and Boosts their Effectiveness- Vitamin E synergistically works with other antioxidants such as vitamin C, selenium, glutathione, Q10 and others to offer stronger antioxidant function. Also, it promotes the production of red blood cells in the skin, making it easier for the other vitamins to get absorbed into the skin.
Prevents the Appearance of Stretch Marks- Vitamin E oil can be used on its own on the body or face and is ideal in the case of pregnant women who need some help in preventing or dealing with stretch marks.
Helps Retain Skin Moisture- This antioxidant oil helps retain moisture in the skin which is particularly useful for women who are running through their pro-menopause or after-menopause period.
Other Vitamin E Oil Uses
Vitamin E oil has a lot of different uses for your skin and hair, and here we will just mention some of them. Also, remember that apart from vitamin E oils, other natural oils are also rich in vitamin E such as coconut oil and avocado oil.
For Soft and Shiny Hair
Vitamin E Oil can nicely be mixed with coconut oil to make a healthy recipe for your hair. All you have to do is mix these two oils together in low fire and apply the mixture to your scalp, softly massaging it with your fingers and palm for some minutes. When it is slightly heated, this mixture of natural oils is more effective because it penetrates deeper into the scalp opening up the pores of the skin. After finishing with the massage, rinse your hair off the oils well using a gentle shampoo and conditioner, if it is necessary.
For Strengthening Nails
Weak and fragile nails can be treated and strengthened by applying some vitamin E oil on the nails and cuticles every night before going to sleep. This natural treatment will prevent them from getting dry and make them stronger and healthier.
As a Lip Balm
Mix some shea butter, which is also rich in vitamins A and E, with some vitamin E oil and heat up the mixture. Once it melts, store it quickly into a clean lip balm container. In a few minutes, the mixture will become solid and you will have your lovely homemade natural lip balm for softening your lips and keep them rosy looking.
To conclude, Vitamin E oil’s rich benefits and many uses make this natural product a really useful staple in your skin and hair care routine.