Nutrition & Body

Vitamin E and its role in skin care

Author - Daniel D'cruz
Oct 23, 2020

From all the skincare ingredients that exist, you’ll find that vitamin E stands out and is a common denominator. You can find it in our bodies and in certain foods. You probably already have it in your cosmetics drawer; within moisturisers and eye creams and such.

So what can Vitamin E do for your skin?

At its heart, Vitamin E can help with multiple skin disorders, as well as skin repair. It works as a cellular restorative, protecting your skin from damage caused by the sun and healing scars or burns.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant. And why is that important? Antioxidants prevent oxidative damage to cells by helping to remove free radicals within the body.

Free radicals - the villains in this context, are on a destructive quest to become stable, so they are ready and willing to snatch an electron it comes across, including DNA, skin proteins, connective tissues, and cell membranes. The more you can quench the free radicals' thirst for stability, the better your skin will be protected, which is where vitamin E shows its worth.

Vitamin E counteracts the effect of free radicals on the skin, which are a result of daily stress factors like unprotected sun exposure and air pollution. By working against and fighting off these free radicals, vitamin E protects the skin from damage. Vitamin E is also a natural anti-inflammatory, so it can help soothe and calm the skin.

When vitamin E is paired with vitamin C, they can be even more effective. Which is why you may find so many serums and products containing both ingredients.