With so many ingredients added to skin care creams these days one can become quite confused in knowing what’s what? One ingredient that many manufacturers swear by and include is the good old vitamin E or tocopherals as we like to call them. Let’s take a little look into why this vitamin is hailed as a natural wonder.
With an army of antioxidant fighting qualities, vitamin E is vital in protecting cells from ultra violet light, pollution, drugs, and other elements that produce cell damaging free radicals. These bad guys are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd number of electrons that are formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Very scientific I know, but quite interesting! Once formed these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction, like dominoes. They react and damage important cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane. Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs.
Vitamin E added to lotions, creams, and other skin care products, as well as taken orally, plays a role in the anti-aging of skin. It helps skin look younger by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Also, free radicals are believed to play an important role in skin aging. The more we drink, smoke, eat badly and subject ourselves to environmental pollution, the more free radicals we have raiding our bodies and damaging cells. Therefore the antioxidant activity in vitamin E is quite valuable for these skin problems.
Some other benefits of vitamin E use include:
- Scars and or stretch marks may be visibly reduced
- Vitamin E can help prevent the appearance of age spots
- Helps extend the shelf life of your creams and prevents oils from going rancid prematurely
- Vitamin E can help with skin disorders like psoriasis
- Vitamin E oil prevents water loss from the skin and helps it to retain its natural moisture.