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The Role of Vitamin E in Skin Care
Vitamin E is a naturally occurring component of healthy skin. It offers significant antioxidant properties to help defend from pollution and other environmental stressors that would otherwise weaken and cause unwanted changes in skin.
Vitamin E’s primary job is to protect the lipid bilayers in the epidermis and skin cell membranes from attack by free radicals (and reactive oxygen species).
A lipid is basically a fancy word for a fatty substance. Lipids include substances such as fatty acids, fats, and waxes.
The skin cells in the stratum corneum of the epidermis are held together by lipid bilayers. When these lipids are attacked, the skin’s barrier function weakens, making skin more vulnerable to dehydration, irritation, and infection.
Lipids are also found in cell membranes, and when these are attacked, the membranes lose their permeability. Nutrients and wastes are transported less efficiently as a result. In addition, glycation can occur in cell membrane lipids too.
Lipid Peroxide is a free radical (Reactive Oxygen Species) that attacks lipids, an oxidation process called lipid peroxidation. Vitamin E protects lipids from this lipid peroxidation.
Vitamin E is the common name of this ingredient and rarely appears on a skin care ingredient list as Vitamin E. Vitamin E will generally appear listed as one of the following; Tocopheryl Acetate; Tocopheryl Glucoside; Tocopheryl Linoleate; Tocopheryl Linoleate/Oleate; Tocopheryl Nicotinate; Tocopheryl Succinate; Potassium Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Phosphate; Sodium Tocopheryl Phosphate or Tocopherol Phosphate.
Vitamin E is also used as an emollient and preservative in skin care. When used as a preservative, Vitamin E appears near the end of the ingredient list.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant
Vitamin E gets into the skin and fights against the free radicals, strengthening the cells and improving the natural barrier for the skin. You’ll see fewer wrinkles and age spots. But that’s not all that it does! It’s excellent for improving the look of current scars and avoiding future scars. You’ll slow down the ageing process, as the cells are fully supported. The cells find it easier to repair or grow back normally.
It’s possible to improve the natural immunity to diseases. This is good for the skin if you suffer from bacterial, viral, or fungal infections regularly. Athlete’s foot is one of the most common conditions that you can improve using a vitamin E cream.
Vitamin E will add moisture to your skin. By getting plenty of moisture, you support the health of the deeper layers of your skin and improve collagen production. We’ve already looked at how good the collagen production is for the skin. The vitamin E will work with the vitamin A to prevent wrinkles and fine lines forming.
Vitamin E is naturally good for healing the skin. It helps to soothe burns, reduce inflammation, and protect against scarring from wounds. This means it’s the best option for reducing redness and limiting the amount of acne that you break out in.
It will also help with balancing the hormones inside. When your hormones are balanced, your oil production is controlled. This will help to keep pores unclogged, so you don’t suffer from too many acne breakouts.