Both nutrient and antioxidant, Vitamin E is a versatile powerhouse which should be included in your skincare regimen as a first line of defense against aging and environmental damage. Its superb antioxidant and healing benefits have been confirmed by the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) in the National Institutes of Health for its ability to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals – those unstable molecules present in our environment, diets and lifestyles.
Wrinkles are often a sign of environmental damage to your skin and can come from too much UV light, as well as normal aging. Vitamin E boosts collagen production to help improve the skin’s elasticity as well as supporting new cell growth to minimize wrinkles and prevent new ones. Vitamin E is also effective in reducing age or “liver” spots—those unsightly brown spots on skin caused by poor liver health, age and free radical damage. Regular topical application of Vitamin E can help lighten and smooth these spots.
One of the reasons that Vitamin E is so widely used in sunscreens and related outdoor products is due to its ability to retain skin moisture as well as neutralize the damage of free radicals, especially if used prior to UV sunlight exposure. Vitamin E’s antioxidant moisturizing properties also make it one of the best moisturizers and skin healers available. When teamed up with oleic acid from olive oil, Vitamin E’s application is an unbeatable therapy for damaged, dry rough skin.