In the world of skin care, first-string nutrients like Vitamin C and Vitamin A always take the stage. While their benefits for promoting smoother, brighter, younger-looking skin are undisputed, there’s another star in the making lurking in the background: Vitamin E. Like Vitamins C and A, Vitamin E is both a nutrient and an antioxidant – in fact, your body contains more Vitamin E than any other nutrient available. It is a group of fat-soluble compounds, which means it can dissolve in fats and oils, and it lives in the body’s fatty tissues. The nutrient is an underrated talent; it protects skin from free radical damage and sun damage, and it soothes and moisturizes itchy, dry skin. Keep reading to learn more about the starring roles Vitamin E takes in the body.
- The Bodyguard…..Vitamin E is an antioxidant, which means it protects skin from free radical damage. Free radicals wreak havoc on skin cells, collagen, and even DNA – these unstable atoms contribute to wrinkles, fine lines, sags, and brown spots that cause skin to appear aged and dull. And free radicals can attack from all sides; the damage is wrought by exposure to air pollution, environmental and chemical toxins, smoke, the sun, and stress. But the antioxidative power of Vitamin E neutralizes free radicals before they can harm your skin.
- The Slick Stud…..Vitamin E is located naturally in the protective membranes that surround cells and in the sebum, which is the oil secreted by sebaceous glands. Far from causing greasy, oily skin, a healthy amount of sebum keeps skin well-hydrated and moisturized. And Vitamin E is an agent that naturally replenishes stores of this natural oil. In fact, it uses sebum as a vehicle to the surface of the skin, where it goes to work fighting free radical damage. In its home within the lining of skin, the vitamin also helps strengthen cell membranes and retain water between skin cells. Its hydrating role makes Vitamin E a good moisturizer for dry, rough, and flaky patches of skin – especially areas that are prone to persistent dryness and cracks, such as the lips, heels, elbows, and nail cuticles. It can also help treat dry hair and a dry scalp.
- The Sidekick…..On its own, Vitamin E is a powerful protective agent against sun damage. It absorbs UVB rays, which cause sunburns and prematurely aged skin. But combined with Vitamin C, this powerhouse team is unstoppable. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology demonstrated that when taken together, Vitamins E and C protect skin and prevent the production of sunburn cells, which increases the amount of time it takes skin to burn.
- The Peacekeeper…..Vitamin E has anti-inflammatory properties that can douse the fire when drama starts heating up. It’s a natural reliever for dry, itchy skin and stinging sunburns, and it can help soothe skin that is irritated from inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and atopic dermatitis.
Vitamin E works overtime to protect your skin from UV rays and free radical damage – but doing so depletes the stores available in your body. The daily recommended intake of Vitamin E is 15 mg for both men and women, and you can meet this goal by eating Vitamin E rich foods. You can also achieve the same skin benefits by applying a topical product that contains the vitamin in it.
- Vitamin E is found in nuts, nut butters, seeds, vegetable oil, wheat germ, and green veggies like broccoli, kale, and spinach.
- Pack an extra punch against sun damage by eating foods high in both Vitamins C and E, like citrus fruits, bell peppers, and leafy greens.
- For topical application, look for Vitamin E in products that provide long-lasting coverage, which reaps the most benefit from the vitamin’s skin protecting qualities. It’s a wonderful additive in sunscreens and daily moisturizers, because you’ll receive the highest doses of this nutrient from products that are absorbed into the skin. Look for the ingredient “alpha-tocopherol,” which is a form of Vitamin E recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to meet human requirements.
While Vitamin E does tout the many skin benefits listed above, it may cause allergic reactions in some people. Always perform a patch test on an arm or a leg before applying topical Vitamin E to your face, to ensure it does not irritate skin. Topical application is not recommended for people with oily and/or acne prone skin – it is heavy, greasy, and may further clog pores and cause breakouts. Topical application is also not recommended for areas of thin skin (like around the eyes) or for hypersensitive skin, as it can cause a reaction. Beware of Vitamin E supplements – this nutrient is readily available in a variety of healthy foods, and over-supplementation could have harmful health effects. At the end of the day, the best way to keep your skin nourished with the vitamins and nutrients it needs is to eat a diet rich in healthy foods – leafy greens, fresh veggies, lean proteins, whole grains, healthy fats, and fresh fruits.
Here at Ageless Allure Medispa, we believe that if you take care of your skin, your skin will take care of you. That is why we offer spa treatments crafted with products that are scientifically tested to improve the appearance of redness, acne, blemishes, and sun damage. Explore our website today for a complete listing of our services or call our office at 863-292-2317 with any questions.