Vitamin E Oil for Skin: Benefits & How to Use

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Using vitamin E oil for skin health is a hydrating and protective strategy that is strongly believed to have anti-aging properties.

Vitamin E Oil for Skin

Vitamin E is an antioxidant nutrient that has long been considered to have properties beneficial to the body. Vitamin E is considered an important part of a balanced diet and can be found easily in many foods, such as vegetable oil, green vegetables, and fortified cereals. However, many people use vitamin E topically, in oil form, for its anti-aging, protective and soothing properties.

According to The National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), vitamin E not only functions as an antioxidant but aids in an anti-inflammatory process and protects the cells from damaging free radicals. Clinical studies published in the Journal Dermato-Endocrinology demonstrate that vitamin E is most effective when used in combination with vitamin C. You will, therefore, find that the best Vitamin E oils on the market also contain vitamin C.

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Benefits of Vitamin E Oil for Skin

Protects from Free Radicals

Antioxidants play a protective role in skincare, helping fight air-bound free radicals and protect the skin against sun damage. This also may help prevent chronic inflammation.

Helps Heal Skin Damage

Antioxidants are also known for their skin healing properties, as they encourage the growth of new skin cells.

Provides Moisture

Vitamin E oil mixed with other oils offers hydration and moisture to your skin. According to a study conducted by Jens J. Thiele and published in Molecular Aspects of Medicine, vitamin E can help to improve the strength of the skin barrier, which can aid in holding moisture more effectively.

Anti-Wrinkle Properties

Vitamin E oil increases the production of collagen, which helps maintain the elasticity of the skin. The promotion of new skin cell regeneration also helps the fight against wrinkles. These anti-aging aspects of vitamin E oil make it a favorite for women as they age, particularly products combine vitamin E oil with other antioxidant compounds, such as resveratrol.

How to Use Vitamin E Oil for Skin

Vitamin E is best applied at night time. Make sure that your skin is thoroughly cleaned (removing any makeup) and patted dry. Follow the instructions on the bottle, which usually specifies that one or two drops will be enough to cover the face. You might want to use a little extra for the neck area.

Side Effects

It is considered safer to use vitamin E topically than to take vitamin E supplements. It has been reported by The Mayo Clinic that a minority of people have a negative reaction to the topical application of vitamin E oil, such as itching or inflammation. Stop using vitamin E oil if you develop any rashes, inflammation or other skin reactions. If you are currently prescribed medication for skin conditions, check with your doctor before adding this oil to your health regimen.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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