Vitamin E is one of the most well-known antioxidants used in skin care. While it is common knowledge that Vitamin E is useful for the skin, many people are unaware of why it is beneficial. On the Seed blog today, we are sharing the clinical science behind Vitamin E and skin care, as well as ways it will help improve the appearance of your skin.
What is Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant that can help repair damaged cells. Naturally occurring Vitamin E includes eight different isoforms. These include alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta- tocopherol and alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta- tocotienol.
Vitamin E is one of the most studied skin vitamins because it was discovered so long ago. In fact, it was back in the early 1920s when Berkeley biologists Dr. Herbert Evans and Dr. Katherine Bishop made the discovery.
In the field of skin care, Vitamin E has been used for more than half a century -- and with good reason.
Where does Vitamin E come from?
There is synthetic Vitamin E (created in a lab) and natural Vitamin E. Naturally sourced Vitamin E is synthesized in plant sources such as Grape Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Almonds, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Wheat Germ, Avocados, and more.
Why is Vitamin E good for the skin?
Topical vitamin E is able to permeate the epidermis and the dermis. It offers many benefits to the skin and is beneficial for nearly every types of skin. Some of the benefits:
1. Vitamin E may help prevent UV-induced skin damage.
According to Dr. Karen Burke, MD, a recent speaker at the American Academy of Dermatology's annual meeting, only three antioxidants have been scientifically proven to minimize the sun's impact on the skin and ultimately prevent further damage. The antioxidants are Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and selenium. She went on to say that Vitamin E "has been noted to reduce photodamage, wrinkles, and improve skin texture."
2. Vitamin E may help you look younger.
We know that collagen plays a large role in skin aging. When collagen breaks down, it is evident on the skin with fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E and Vitamin C work well as a team. That is why you see it in most skin care products together. They work in synergy and, when applied to the skin, can help rebuild collagen. When this happens, skin becomes firmer and more radiant. (Did you know our Seed Advanced Botanicals Daily Facial Moisturizer features Vitamins C & E?)
3. Vitamin E may be the perfect weapon against dryness.
As Vitamin E is a highly moisturizing ingredient, it softens, minimizing the look of rough and dry skin. It can quickly improve the feel of chapped skin, and helps skin stay hydrated because it maintains skin barrier function and replenishes lost moisture.
4. Vitamin E may help to reduce skin inflammation.
According to several published studies, Vitamin E is anti-inflammatory, helping to calm and hydrate even the most sensitive skintypes. (Panin, Strumia, and Ursini, 2004)
This is because Vitamin E can inhibit the formation of leukotrienes. Why is this a big deal? According to a study published in Experimental Dermatology, leukotrienes are responsible for most allergic forms of skin inflammation.
The most recent research also shows great promise when it comes to Vitamin E and skin inflammation, especially when it comes to the treatment of eczema.