If you're a skincare enthusiast like us and are always looking to create the perfect routine for your skin, then you've likely heard about the benefits of applying vitamins topically. With each new product promising to transform your skin, it's hard to know what works and what doesn't. If there's one ingredient we can be sure about, it's vitamin E. Though you've probably heard of vitamin E before, you may be uncertain about what it does and how it helps support skin health.
Vitamin E is in a wide array of skin products, and while it's a popular ingredient, it’s important to know the benefits and how to use it correctly. To help you better understand how you can effectively work Vitamin E into your routine, we reached out to our Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts for guidance.
What is Vitamin E Oil?
Vitamin E, or tocopherol as it's commonly listed on ingredient labels, is a naturally formulated antioxidant that works hard to protect your skin against free radicals. Free radicals are molecules found in the environment, like unprotected sun rays and air pollution, damaging your skin's natural protective barrier. Since you can't avoid them entirely, you'll want to invest in a product that protects your healthy skin from them, and vitamin E does just that.
What Are The Benefits of Vitamin E For Your Face?
#1: Antioxidant Protection
Vitamin E is an essential antioxidant and uses its antioxidant properties to neutralize harmful environmental stressors that wear down your skin —a primary cause of visible fine lines, wrinkles, and premature aging.
By incorporating sun-protecting products that are formulated with vitamin E, you can help protect your skin against UV exposure, as well as visible fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and dark spots. For a sun protection layer that you can feel good about, apply the Daily Deflector™ Mineral Face Sunscreen 15 minutes before sun exposure. This 100% mineral sunscreen helps absorb harmful UV rays from sun exposure and is expertly formulated with restoring ingredients like vitamin E and a ceramide complex to help hydrate and improve the skin barrier. This sunscreen has no fragrance and will work well for people with any skin type, from sensitive skin to oily skin.
#2: Soothing Benefits
Acne, along with sun damage and harsh products, can cause damage to the skin, leaving it inflamed and irritated. Because vitamin E works as a skin soother, using it to replenish your skin can help soothe irritation and visible redness. Whether you choose to apply vitamin E serum or a skincare product that contains it like our Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream, using it daily will help restore skin to create a youthful, healthy-looking complexion.
#3: Moisturizing Properties
Vitamin E is fat-soluble, meaning it's able to fully penetrate your skin's layers, helping to soothe and moisturize it. If you're experiencing cracks in your skin barrier due to irritation, applying vitamin E will help improve skin health. Applying it to dry, cracked skin will keep moisture from escaping, keeping your skin firm and hydrated.
For extra dry skin, try KateCeuticals™ Total Repair Cream. Expertly formulated with a powerful peptide-infused ceramide complex, it helps reduce visible redness, smooth the appearance of wrinkles, and provide barrier repair, while an advanced moisture complex delivers essential moisture replenishment.
#4: Helps with Acne Scars
Hypertrophic scars, also known as keloids, are red and raised scars that can often be painful. Is vitamin E good for scars , specifically keloids? Although keloids typically get smaller as time passes, vitamin E oil can be used to help smooth the skin’s surface. Vitamin E's antioxidant and moisturizing properties play a vital role in the skin's healing process. So much so that daily topical application of vitamin E in a moisturizer, serum, or another product will help replenish skin smoothness, hydration, and elasticity and minimize further damage to the skin.2 To improve skin luminosity and texture, apply the KateCeuticals™ Resurfacing Overnight Peel.
If you have a specific area of your face that you'd like to treat, try applying a skincare product that lists vitamin E as one of the main ingredients for a few weeks. An incredible antioxidant known to help minimize signs of premature aging, it's an excellent solution for all skin types—especially sensitive ones!