Vitamin E/ Tocopherol
Vitamin E is a very well known antioxidant vitamin and oil. It's often found in antioxidant blend topicals or moisturisers.
Alpha-tocopherol (the form of vitamin E humans can metabolise) is typically produced synthetically but can be found in natural products as well. Avocado, pumpkin, and wheat germ oil are all great sources of the vitamin both for topical and internal uses.
Common NameVitamin E/ Tocopherol
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Benefits of Vitamin E for Dry Skin
Protects lipid barrier
Vitamin E keeps lipids fresh in your skin. This helps to keep your skin's protective barrier intact. Keeping it intact, can help seal up little cracks created in the skin's barrier that can cause moisture to escape and leave the skin feeling tight and dry.
Keeps skin moist
Building on the above, vitamin E allows for long-lasting moisture retention between your skin cells, much longer than products without it.
The prime benefit of vitamin E is the capability to accelerate healing of skin damage such as burns and wounds by as much as 50 percent of the rate. It is an antioxidant and will heal the skin from sunburn and any form of irritation and injury. It also can increase the moisture content of the skin. As such, it has skin anti-aging capability.
A powerful antioxidant
Vitamin E offers antioxidant (fat-soluble) benefits as well—it helps neutralise harmful free radicals and, due to its antioxidant benefit, can discourage sebum (oil) oxidation, which prevents blackheads. The words 'anti' and 'oxidant' refer to antioxidation. Since the tip of the hardened and blocked oil in the pores turns dark from oxidation, vitamin E may help slow that process down.
Formulas containing vitamin E provide conditioning to environmentally exposed skin.1 The ingredient works to smooth your skin and make it feel comfortable after irritation from pollution and sun damage.
Protects from the sun
Vitamin E has photo-protective purposes as well. When vitamin E is combined with vitamin C and used under sunscreen, it can provide four times the protection of sunscreen alone, but still wear sunscreen everyday!
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