Fighting Back the Years on Your Face with Vitamin E
From the ancient Greeks to modern day Italians, people have always known that certain things in nature have amazing benefits for our skin. Today it’s no secret that Vitamin E is one of the keys to younger looking skin, especially on your face. You can find it naturally in foods like almonds and kiwi or processed in its pure form inside gel caps. There’s no wrong way to use Vitamin E oil on your face. Simply apply and watch the magic slowly but steadily reverse the effects of aging and skin damage.
Vitamin E as an Antioxidant
The power of Vitamin E to heal our skin comes from its antioxidant properties. When ingested, the vitamin helps to repair damage from free radicals at the cellular level. When applied topically to our skin it works its way deep into the layers of the skin, boosting collagen production and improving the moisture and softness of skin. Many scientists believe Vitamin E is more effective as an antioxidant in its alcohol form than its acetate form, so you may want to check the label of skin care products for this information if you feel one way or the other.
Even when Vitamin E is taken orally it does wonders to protect and replenish our skin. But when applied directly to the face its anti-inflammatory antioxidant powers head straight to the source of the problem, fighting to repair damaged skin areas. Application to the face can improve moisturization, smooth out the skin and make it feel softer. Wrinkles become less noticeable and brown spots begin to fade. Vitamin E has even shown real promise offering photoprotection from harmful UV rays.
Vitamin E contains several natural compounds that all play slightly different roles in restoring and protecting the skin on your face. They are mainly various forms of tocopherol such as gamma, delta, beta and alpha tocopherols. These compounds are what work at the cellular level beneath your skin to rebuild and repair damage caused by the sun, smoking or pollution. It is also known to regulate the role of Vitamin A in your body, which is connected to healthy skin cells.
In addition to repairing damage to the skin on your face, the tocopherols in Vitamin E protect your skin from daily exposure to the elements such as UV rays from the sun. They also help your skin cells communicate more effectively, basically speeding up the process of repairing skin damage and increasing collagen production.
Benefits of Vitamin E in Facial Products
Nearly every skin care product for the face currently on the market contains some form of Vitamin E. It’s widely acknowledged as the most important natural ingredient to reduce wrinkles on the face and improve skin tone. It’s not cheap to extract, however, which is why quality skin care products often carry hefty price tags. But considering the physical benefits it offers, there are few investments in your health that give better value. When it comes to skin creams for your face, this is one department you never want to cut corners or skimp.
The roles Vitamin E typically play in beauty products for facial care include acting as a gentle cleansing agent and preventing water loss thus providing moisture to the skin. It also is great at reducing age spots, stretch marks and wrinkles. It’s truly a multipurpose skin care product and should be a central component to everyone’s skin care regime whether you’re a man or a woman.
Recent studies have shown that Vitamin E oil for the face is effective at providing added protection from the sun as well as curing sunburns. If you have sensitive skin on your face, look for a sunscreen that contains Vitamin E and other natural ingredients because the use of sunscreen or facial lotion with some level of SPF is essential to slowing down the signs of aging and skin abuse caused by everyday exposure to the sun’s harmful rays.
Even if your sunscreen doesn’t contain Vitamin E, you can always apply a regular skin lotion with the vitamin about 20 minutes before putting on your sunscreen. It will work in conjunction with the sunscreen to boost the protection level from UV rays. Because of the known moisturizing benefits of Vitamin E oil, it is a very useful component in lip balm and even cosmetic lipstick. It makes an ideal complement to sunscreen for protecting your face and lips.
One area where the experts are still undecided is the effectiveness of Vitamin E oil to reduce visible scars. Some believe that the vitamin can actually make scars look deeper, while others feel there’s no noticeable change since the skin damage is so severe on the surface. So be sure and consult with an expert before considering Vitamin E to deal with facial scarring.
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