The exact role of vitamin E
Vitamin E protects the membranes of all the cells in our body. It helps fight the damage caused by oxygen from free radicals and it can also fight against inflammation, which is why it’s thought to protect against heart disease and cancer.
Vitamin E and the skin
This skin saviour ensures the flexibility and fluidity of cell membranes and is critical in maintaining the suppleness and elasticity of the skin. It’s also a part of the essential anti-ageing molecules, and can protect against sun exposure and pollution. Plus it has a hydrating and nourishing action and helps microcirculation. Phew, that’s a lot of benefits. This is why you’ll see vitamin E in a large variety of oils and moisturisers for the face, as well as for the body, hair and nails. In fact, not taking on board enough vitamin E can cause acne.
Vitamin E and food
The principal source of vitamin E is our food. It’s in grain, nut and seed oils, especially wheatgerm oil. If you’re on a weight-loss regime, be careful not to limit your consumption of vitamin E. Your skin will become dry and uncomfortable very quickly and fine lines will appear and deepen.
Vitamin E in skincare
Not only does this wonder ingredient aid skin suppleness, protect against aging, soothe sensitive skin and repair damage caused by pollution, it also conserves creams and stops them from becoming rancid through oxidation! It can be formulated as an oil, cream, butter or balm: apply in the morning to nourish and protect and in the evening to soften and soothe. We don’t need to be told twice.