3 Vitamin E Benefits for Your Skin
We all want to look our best, while using products with the best ingredients in them. Vitamin E is one of those good ingredients. It is actually one of the most common skin-care ingredients. The dermatology field has been using it for more than 50 years now. We know that vitamin E is good for the inside of your body. But what about the outside of your body? Can it be just as effective? Let’s see.
What is Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is a group of fat-soluble compounds with antioxidant activities. Fat-soluble compounds mean they dissolve in fats and oils. Antioxidants protect cells from damage.
Vitamin E has eight chemical forms with only one known to meet human requirements – Alpha- (or a-) tocopherol, which occurs naturally in the body. It can also be found in certain foods, such as wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts, salmon, avocados, raw sweet red peppers, mangos, and leafy green vegetables.
It helps regulate certain body functions and repair damaged cells. It’s critical in forming red blood cells, helps your immune system, fights against certain conditions in your body.
In short, vitamin E helps the body stay healthy. Now let’s look at five ways vitamin E can help your skin.
1. Protection Against Free Radicals
Free radicals can either help your skin or hurt your skin. It depends on the level of free radicals being produced. Unfortunately, your skin is bombarded with many toxins on a daily basis. The two biggest culprits are air pollution and unprotected sun exposure. This causes an overload of toxins to build up and that’s where vitamin E comes in.
Vitamin E fights off free radicals, which helps protect your skin from damage. This slows the aging process.
2. Reduces Inflammation
Like free radicals, inflammation can either help you or harm you. Too much inflammation in your body can cause redness, heat, swelling and pain, manifesting on the skin. Vitamin E is anti-inflammatory. This means it soothes and calms the skin, helping your skin to feel better.
3. Moisturizes and Heals Your Skin
Vitamin E hydrates your skin, which helps it look healthier. It acts as a natural barrier to the sun to prevent skin damage and drying out your skin. Dry skin looks more wrinkled and causes itching. Scratching your skin can cause marks.
Moisturizing your skin with vitamin E can prevent or treat dry, flaky skin. This in turns stops the itching and the need to scratch and damage your skin further. It also can prevent or reduce the formation of sunburns.
Vitamin E is high in antioxidants and helps in the firmness and structure of the skin. That’s why it’s good for your lips. It can relieve chapped, dry lips, by regenerating new cells, making them more supple. If you don’t already have one, you can try our new LMC Vitamin E Stick to help moisturize your lips. You can wear it alone or under your favorite lipstick or lip gloss.
Vitamin E Precautions
Like any other vitamin, vitamin E responds differently to everyone. Always spot test on your skin to see if you are allergic. If you have frequent breakouts or easily clogged pores, definitely reconsider using vitamin E or any other oil on your skin.
Remember the old adage, “Too much of anything, even if it’s good for you, can be bad for you.”