Vitamin E in Skin Care Products
Radicle Vitamin E?
Find out why Vitamin E is vital for your skin and should be included in your skin care regime.
I have spoken a lot about retinol (Vitamin A) and Vitamin C as skin care ingredients and their roles in benefiting skin health so I thought it was time to discuss a vitamin that is also extensively used in skin care and an ingredient that can be found in a number of skin care products on the SkinMiles online store: Vitamin E
Vitamin E is an important antioxidant for skin just like vitamin A and Vitamin C and has become a standard ingredient in good skin care products.
What Are The Key Benefits?
- Soothes Skin (Emollient)
- Neutralizes Free Radicals (Antioxidant)
- Protects Lipids from oxidation
Why Choose Products With Vitamin?
Vitamin E’s most important role when applied to the skin is to protect the fats, ceramides and lipids in the epidermis and skin cell membranes from attack by free radicals. I discussed the importance of fats and ceramides in skin health in a previous article so please check Ceramides & Their Importance in Skin Health.
- Our skin cells are held together by lipids helping to prevent water loss and giving our skin a supple and smooth appearance
- These lipids are vulnerable to damage through free radicles such as environmental factors, pollution, smoking, UV damage, etc.
- Once damage takes place our skins become dry and less supple (older looking!)
- Vitamin E protects these lipids from free radicle damage most notably from Lipid Peroxide
So in a nutshell make sure your skin care products and skin care regime contains Vitamin E
Vitamin E Types
Just to make it complicated for us there are many types of vitamin E used in skin care products. Typically the ingredient is listed as Tocopherol. Here is a rundown of the different names used for this important skin ingredient:
- Tocopherol Acetate
- Tocopherol Glucoside
- Tocopherol Linoleate
- Tocopherol Linoleate/Oleate
- Tocopherol Nicotinate
- Tocopherol Succinate
- Potassium Ascorbyl Tocopherol Phosphate
- Sodium Tocopherol Phosphate
- Tocopherol Phosphate
Little known fact:
Vitamin E and Vitamin C work together to provide us with a better skin. Once vitamin E has neutralized a free radicle it unfortunately becomes inactive or useless but when vitamin C is added in the skin care regime it regenerates or reactivates the vitamin E to carry on its free radicle fighting ability.
Products with Vitamin E:
- Coll Antropol. 2010 Sep;34(3):1145-53. Modern approach to topical treatment of aging skin. Puizina-Ivić N1, Mirić L, Carija A, Karlica D, Marasović D.
- This article was sourced from Just About Skin written by Rita Lee. She has an impressive blog and gives accurate information on skin and skin care products and regimes. I highly recommend her blog for in depth education on skin care ingredients.