Is Vitamin E oil good for your skin? Will it make your skin healthier and regenerate it? These are some of the questions most people have about vitamin e oil but seldom get the answers to them.
Many people still associate vitamin E with oil, and this is due to the fact that it was extracted from wheat germ oil for a very long time. Nowadays, it is extracted from soybean, sunflower, safflower or wheatgerm oil.
So what is the story about vitamin E and skin? Does it help your skin regenerate and protect it from damages? Does it live to its hype as one of the best antioxidants? I will try to answer these questions in this article.
Vitamin E, the powerhouse of your skin
Vitamin E is one (if not the only) antioxidant that is well absorbed by your skin and will protect it from free radicals. The antioxidant power of vitamin E is between 5 and 10 times greater than vitamin C, making it one of the best antioxidants for your skin. When applied on your skin, vitamin E seeps into the upper layers of your skin and protects it from UV damage as well as environmental stresses (pollution, smoking etc).
Vitamin E oil can be used by anyone who cares about their skin. When applied, it will penetrate your skin and protect it from free radicals and toxins. Unlike other antioxidants that are water soluble, vitamin E is fat soluble which means that your fats (lipids) will include the vitamin E when ingested. This is the reason why vitamin E is called a lipid-soluble antioxidant.
Vitamin E oil also has anti-inflammatory effects as well as healing effects on your skin. This makes it a very good moisturizer that can be used by people with sensitive skin or even those who have skin problems like eczema, acne etc.
FAQs about vitamin E and its use on the skin
People often ask if there are side effects when using vitamin E on their skin. The answer is yes, but luckily they are very rare. The most important side effects are allergic reactions such as an itchy or red skin, and swelling of your eyes, throat, or lips. Always remember to wash your hands thoroughly after using vitamin E oil on your skin.
However, there are some less serious side effects such as temporary flushing (the same you feel when you consume a lot of alcohol), and itching. These side effects will go away in a few days and normalize if you stop using the oil on your skin for a while.
But remember that if you are pregnant, you should never use vitamin E on your skin.
A lot of people also ask about the concentration of vitamin E in their oil. The answer is that a lot of manufacturers use synthetic oils, and this means that they are devoid of vitamin E content and only consist of a few percent vitamin E. Look for a product with at least natural 100% pure vitamin e oil concentrate. Also check the ingredients to make sure there are no added preservatives or chemicals.
We hope that now you have a better understanding of vitamin E and its uses on the skin. Remember: vitamins and antioxidants are not only useful for your health but they also do wonders for your skin.