Although vitamin E is frequently used and has been around a long time, it is interesting to know how it benefits the skin.
The first step is to understand the difference between the natural form of Vit E and it’s synthetic counterpart. Both are used in cosmetics and nutritional supplements but, just because they appear to be the same chemically, it does not mean they are equal biologically.
Results of recent studies suggest that natural Vitamin E is more bioavailable and is retained in body tissues significantly longer than synthetic Vitamin E. These studies show that previously accepted differences were underestimated and that the bioavailability of natural Vitamin E is about twice that of synthetic Vitamin E compounds.
So how do you recognise which form of Vit E is in your cosmetic products? On a supplement label, natural vitamin E is listed as d-alpha tocopherol, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate, or d-alpha tocopheryl succinate. In contrast, synthetic forms of vitamin E are labelled with a dl- prefix.
Alpha-tocopherol is the most biologically active form of vitamin E.
Now that we made this distinction, here are the 4 primary benefits of Vit E for your skin:
Vitamin E works as an antioxidant that helps defend skin against environmental stressors. It protects skin from free radicals and helps to stabilise them.
Vitamin E also boosts the collagen production in the skin because of its antioxidant properties, leaving the skin bright and healthy-looking.
Vitamin E moisturises the skin. Recommend that clients use products infused with vitamin E if they have dry skin. And remember, the best time to moisturise is soon after a bath or shower.
Vitamin E can be used for more than just glowing skin. As a supplement, it can be used to strengthen the immune system. It promotes cell and tissue renewal in the body, which helps to keep the body healthy. Your skin is your largest organ. One way or another, whether it is through topical application or through nutrition and nutritional supplements, making sure your intake of Vit E is adequate will increase your skin resilience to everyday stressors and help you maintain a youthful appearance.
Phyt’s uses only natural vitamin E (tocopherol) extracted from vegetable oils. This ingredient is found in many of their formulas, especially in the Anti-Ageing Aromalliance range and Anti-Pollution range.