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Vitamin E for skin: Experts explain its benefits, share beauty tips to use it

Updated on Jul 26, 2022 12:00 PM IST

Vitamin E helps support skin health and provides multiple other benefits like supporting the immune system and cell function amongst others but Vitamin E levels may also decrease with age. Check out these beauty tips by experts to nourish your skin inside-out with Vitamin E

Vitamin E for skin: Experts explain its benefits, share beauty tips to use it (Anna Shvets)
ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

Vitamin E is a very important fat-soluble compound which works as an antioxidant and you can easily include Vitamin E in your diet by adding nuts such as almonds, peanuts and hazelnuts. According to health and skincare experts, Vitamin E's antioxidant properties may aid in keeping your skin healthy and youthful in appearance and since it is very important for healthy skin, one can include plenty of all seasonal fruits and vegetables in their diet.

Vitamin E is helpful in preventing progression of liver diseases hence, it is very important to have more clarity diet modification. In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Khushboo Chadha, Ayurvedic consultant at AIMIL Ayouthveda, shared, “Vitamin E, with its incredible antioxidant and photo-protection properties, effectively protects the skin from various deleterious effects, including solar radiation, stress and environmental pollutants. In addition, expert supports the harmful impact of reactive species in altering the biosynthesis of collagen in the skin, encouraging the regular topical application of Vitamin E to strengthen skin barrier function naturally and boost collagen as & an essential skincare practice recommended for all skin types.”

Echoing that Vitamin E is a fat-soluble, essential nutrient with anti-inflammatory properties, Shikha Dwivedi, Msc. Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, in-house nutritionist at OZiva, revealed, “Vitamin E helps support skin health and provides multiple other benefits like supporting the immune system and cell function amongst others. Its antioxidant properties help effectively combat the effects of free radicals produced in the body, and thus helps keep skin healthy. Vitamin E is essential for maintaining skin's moisture and softness. Vitamin E levels may also decrease with age. Hence, it is important to supplement your body with the right sources of Vitamin E.”

For a holistic skin health, she recommended ways to nourish your skin inside-out with Vitamin E:

1. One must include vitamin E rich foods like Broccoli, Sunflower Seeds and Nuts in their diet. An effective way of adding Vitamin E to your daily diet is consuming plant-based Vitamin E capsules that provide better absorption than synthetic counterparts.

2. Also, applying Vitamin E is important for maintaining skin's moisture and radiance. There are various Vitamin E products available for topical application, but you should always pick natural or plant-based Vitamin E products without harmful chemicals. Look for ingredients like Kakadu Plum Extracts, Rosehip and Acerola Cherry. You can even opt for a combination of face wash and serum in both your AM-PM routine.

Antara Kundu, General Manager- Marketing, Brand and Customer Acquisition at The Body Shop, highlighted, “Vitamin E is one of the most efficacious, well-proven ingredients when it comes to caring for skin. A powerhouse of skin benefits, Vitamin E is high on antioxidant potency, hydrates deeply, boosts collagen production, and even soothes irritated, sensitive skin. Incorporating specialised Vitamin E products into your daily skin care routine is an easy, effective way to use this active for healthy, supple skin. A texture check before purchasing a Vitamin E product is absolutely essential as quality Vitamin E products will be super hydrating without being greasy.”

She added, “Vitamin E also tends to suit most skin types without causing any adverse effects. A great starter product would be a Vitamin E face cleanser. More specialized, high performance products tend to come in formats like moisture creams and serums which also work doubly hard due to higher potency. With the spike in usage of skincare acids and peels, many users tend to damage their natural skin barriers. Vitamin E is one the most reliable and effective ways to strengthen the skin barrier and nurse damaged skin back to health. In a time of trending skincare ingredients, Vitamin E is truly an oldie but a goodie.”

Calling it a storehouse of multiple skin benefits, Dolly Kumar, Cosmetic Engineer and Founder at Skinella, gushed, “Known for its moisturizing properties, this fat-soluble vitamin can be used in numerous ways. The best time to include Vitamin E in your skincare regimen is at night so that it can penetrate well into the skin. It acts as a shield to deal with daily skin issues. If you are someone whose skin is directly exposed more than usual to the sun, you must add this excellent source of nutrients to your skincare routine.”

She advised, “You can also include Vitamin E in your diet with superfoods, including kiwis, cranberries, avocados, olives, and apricots. Another fun way to use these foods loaded with the power vitamin is a quick DIY face pack or face mask to boost your skin radiance. All you have to do is mix some honey with two tablespoons of apricot powder and stir it well. While you can use it immediately, it can also be stored for later use. Another hack you can try at home, is adding a few drops of Vitamin E in aloe vera gel and applying it evenly on your face and neck. Rinse it off after 15 minutes with cold water. It is a fantastic ingredient for those who have acne scars or blemishes on their faces.”

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