Many people often wonder why Vitamin E is one of the most sought-after skincare ingredients and what benefits it holds for us. This post will explain the benefits of Vitamin E and all you should know about it.
Vitamin E is a naturally occurring vitamin, which means that it is found in our body. It is also found in some foods and skincare products, including face creams and oils, moisturizers, and even hair products. Supplements are not left out, as many people take vitamin E in the form of supplements.
Sometimes, you don't know that vitamin E is in your product because you will see the word 'Tocopherol' instead. They are the same. So you see? Vitamin E is everywhere around you. But this is the big question. 'What does Vitamin E do for your skin?' We will answer this question by first defining the vitamin.
What is vitamin E?
Vitamin E is an essential nutrient that boasts of several anti-inflammatory prowesses. It is a fat-soluble nutrient that enhances skin health, cell functions, and boosts the immune system. (National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Vitamin E, as one of the most important antioxidants, helps the human body to resist and fight off free cell radicals. These radicals invade the human body due to the toxic nature of our environment and unwholesome food metabolism. The vitamin also helps to reduce skin damage caused by exposure to Ultra Violet rays.
Skin Benefits of Vitamin E
Vitamin E supports the hydration of your skin cells and enhances long-term moisture retention. Most products that don't contain vitamin E won't provide you with long-lasting retention. But vitamin E offers as much as 16 hours of total hydration.
Vitamin E is a lipid-soluble antioxidant, which protects human skin from several forms of photodamage.
Like we mentioned earlier, vitamin E has the primary function of protecting the skin against damage by oxidative stress and free radicals. This function has gone under extreme scrutiny through several bodies of research that prove its efficacy.
Research shows that Vitamin E molecules can absorb UVB light, thereby protecting the skin. However, you will need additional ingredients to achieve protection from UVA rays.
One principal benefit of Vitamin E, which everyone cannot get enough of, is the fact that it boosts the skin healing process when damage occurs to the skin. Vitamin E can increase the healing process for injuries, irritation, and skin burns by 50%.
Another manner of skin healing is done when vitamin E reduces skin aging with its anti-aging powers. It also increases moisture and its retention in the skin.
It's an Antioxidant
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant with the ability to make the harmful results of free radicals ineffective.
Studies show that the antioxidant nature of vitamin E ensures that it prevents oil oxidation, which causes blackheads if not prevented.
Oxidation causes the oil in our skin pores to blacken, which causes blackheads. So, vitamin E can reduce the appearance of blackheads by preventing this oxidation from taking place.
With all the research carried out about vitamin E, there have been no reports of toxic effects emanating from foods rich in vitamin E. There are also no reports of side effects from using vitamin E supplements among healthy people.
Many people are consuming vitamin E supplements and multivitamins that comprise 400 t0 1000 IU daily. Hence, they obtain more than the recommended dietary allowance of 22 IU every day.
People who use vitamin E supplements alongside warfarin and other blood-thinning drugs are at risk of excessive bleeding from the drug combination. As a result, adults from 19 years and above have a vitamin E consumption limit of 1465 IU (1000mg) every day.
The best way to increase your vitamin E intake is from food sources. Consuming plant-based oils that contain high amounts of vitamin E is one way to enjoy the potency of this vitamin and other nutrients contained in these plants.
We suggest consuming this vitamin in its natural forms before trying out pure and high-concentrated vitamin E pills.
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