What is Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is a naturally occurring, fat-soluble, essential nutrient with anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin E helps support the immune system, cell function, and skin health. It’s an antioxidant, making it effective at combating the effects of free radicals produced by the metabolism of food and toxins in the environment.
Natural vs Synthetic
Natural vitamin E contains alpha-tocopherol exclusively in an active form.
Synthetic vitamin E (sometimes referred to as dl-alpha-tocopherol) contains both active and inactive forms of alpha-tocopherol. We use natural Vitamin E derived from highly refined soybeans.
Vitamin E Protecting Against Environmental Damage
Vitamin E plays a crucial role in protecting skin cells and membranes from environmental damage by protecting and nourishing the skin barrier. Think of the skin barrier as a wall that prevents harmful toxins from entering your skin where they can cause damage. A damaged skin barrier can lead to redness, inflammation, flaking and other problems. When you’re having issues like dry patches, your skin barrier has probably been compromised. Vitamin E helps prevent this by keeping the natural lipids in your skin fresh. It also provides deep moisturisation for the skin whilst allowing the skin to breathe and function naturally, therefore helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Vitamin E and Blackheads
Vitamin E has the potential to prevent the sebum in your pores from oxidizing. Oxidation is what causes blackheads to turn black. When the oil that has risen to the surface of your pore comes in contact with oxygen, it turns a grayish black color that characterizes blackheads. Vitamin E, with its antioxidant abilities, can help prevent this.
Vitamin E and Vitamin C
When combined in various skincare products, vitamins E and C are far more effective at helping to prevent and reduce UV damage. These two are excellent anti-aging ingredients that can help keep skin looking its best. As an added bonus, vitamin C also has the ability to stimulate collagen production. Combined with vitamin E’s ability to scavenge free radicals, you can see why these two vitamins together are so essential for skin health.
Another study indicated that topical use of vitamin E can reduce acute and chronic skin damage caused by UV irradiation. 1
We use Vitamin E in our Divine Nektar Moisturiser and Divine Ambrosia Moisturiser as well as in Divine Ambrosia Serum combined with Vitamin C