Vitamin E oil has long been touted as an effective plant based staple by skin-savvy enthusiasts, used for treating issues like stretch marks, scarring, and uneven texture. Vitamin E isn’t a single vitamin, but rather a group of fat soluble vitamins with antioxidant action and the ability to treat a variety of internal ailments.
Naturally occurring in avocado, asparagus, eggs, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, it’s an essential vitamin which research has shown to be helpful in preventing heart disease, promoting eye health, and reducing inflammation. So how – and why – should you make it a part of your daily facial routine?
Applied to the body, vitamin E can work as an effective moisturizer to prevent dry and flaking skin on areas prone to clinical dehydration, like knees, elbows, and upper arms. You’ll also see this ingredient featured as a staple in many lip balms and lipsticks, to seal in moisture and prevent chapping and cracking.
Vitamin E oil can also be a super smart ingredient to apply if you’ve got a wound that’s in the midst of healing. It promotes skin regeneration at the cellular level, so applied to the aftermath of a skin wound or lesion, it will speed up the recovery period and reduce the size and severity of any scarring. For this reason, it’s often recommended as a remedy to treat stretch marks that can occur after pregnancy, weight loss, or weight gain.
Turns out vitamin E isn’t just beneficial for your body; in fact, it’s just as effective and beneficial when applied to your face. We’ve incorporated it into our supremely concentrated Restorative Facial Oil, to take advantage of this vitamin’s long list of nourishing and healing benefits to both the dermis and epidermis.
Applied as a neck and facial oil, vitamin E works as a gentle moisturizer that strengthens the skin’s natural lipid barrier to keep out toxins, pollutants, and bacteria. It can help to effectively eliminate symptoms of eczema, dermatitis, and inflammation. It works as a natural anti-inflammatory as well, soothing inflamed blood vessels and the associated redness and discomfort.
Vitamin E also plays an important role in reducing skin damage related to sun exposure. A study conducted in 2013 found that the application of vitamin E oil for face reduces exposure to UV light, meaning that is has the potential to reduce the risk of skin cancer due to sun exposure. Its ability to absorb and deflect energy from UV light means that it plays an important role in reducing free radical damage to the skin, which is responsible for skin aging, reduction in collagen and density, and an increase in fine lines and wrinkles.
If the skin on your face has already suffered exposure to UV damage, vitamin E can effectively reduce free radical damage by encouraging the development of new, healthy skin cells. That’s because vitamin E oil for face functions as a lipid-soluble antioxidant. Applied topically, vitamin E works to stop the chain of free radicals producing more free radicals. Remember, free radicals are the result of daily environmental stressors, and are extremely disruptive to skin health at the cellular level.
Applied frequently, vitamin E works to protects cell membranes, proteins, and DNA from oxidation, effectively encouraging skincell health at the cellular level. This is key for allowing skin to self-regenerate in a healthy way, for a dense, glowing, and ‘bouncy’ complexion.
Vitamin E is normally provided to the skin naturally through sebum production, but the skin can experience deficiencies in sebum due to a number of factors. Sometimes sebum (oil) production is disrupted by harsh acids, retinols, or acne treatments, producing a situation in which your lipid levels (and vitamin E levels) take a dip. Vitamin E has what you would call a ‘lipophilic’ nature, meaning it can penetrate through lipids into underlying and deeper levels of your skin.
The basic takeaway from all this? Those of us with more sebum or more ‘oily’ skin tend to have higher vitamin E levels, whereas those of us with drier and more mature skin tend to have lower vitamin E levels.
Skin-Beneficial Interactions with Other Vitamins
An important point about vitamin E is that it’s presence is actually enhanced when it’s combined with other vitamins. That’s why we’ve incorporated it alongside other vitamin rich oils in our Restorative Facial oil, a super nourishing vitamin E rich formula that has a carefully selected blend of other vitamins and antioxidants.
Featured in our formula alongside vitamin E, Rosehip oil is high in vitamin A and vitamin C, which bolster the effectiveness of vitamin E while working to encourage skin cell turnover and boost overall skin radiance. Jojoba oil provides essential fatty acids and serious lipid barrier strengthening, while Green teal leaf oil contains powerful antioxidants called EGCG, which works to fight DNA damage from UV rays.
The takeaway? While vitamin E is great for stretch marks and sunburns, it’s also a super important vitamin to be applying to your face! Start by applying this cult fave ingredient to both your face and neck daily, and pair it with a self facial massage to improve circulation and absorption. Keep up with us here for more ingredient deep dives!