Vitamin E is a potent anti-oxidant which means that Vitamin E helps to protect cell membranes and other fat soluble materials from oxidation (damage) caused by free radicals and toxins. In a food supplement form, Vitamin E is considered to be beneficial for skin; supporting the immune system; maintaining oxygen requirement in muscle tissue and maintaining the cardiovascular system. Vitamin E oil is not ingestible which means that it is used for topical use only.
Vitamin E oil can be found in a lot of cosmetic products due to its anti-oxidant properties and at times it is considered to have anti-ageing properties. Vitamin E oil is obtained in one of two ways. The first method is that a manufacturer can synthetically produce the vitamin E oil, this means that it is made in a lab.
The other method used to obtain vitamin E oil is to extract the vitamin E oil from a food source which is rich in vitamin E, this is a more natural form of Vitamin E oil. Vitamin E oil is naturally very thick and sticky, so applying it topically is not a great experience for the user and can prove to be difficult.
Vitamin E oil can also have a very unpleasant odour, so it needs to have other ingredients added to it making it far more pleasant product. Manufacturers of Vitamin E oil for topical use, will add other oils extracted from other food sources to help the vitamin E oil to become more user-friendly.
Other oils which are often mixed to Vitamin E are: soybean oil; coconut oil (that smells great!); olive oil or almond oil (this is very popular). Coconut Oil and Almond Oil are my most favourite additional ingredients which are added to the vitamin E oil. I love the smell of the combined oil when they are applied to clean skin.
4 different uses of vitamin E oil?
Some research has indicated that Vitamin E oil has been helpful in speeding up the recovery of injured skin where scarring is taking place. The scar could be as a result of an accident or a surgical operation. The scars may also be as a result of acne. If you do have scars or the skin is likely to scar, then apply vitamin E oil during the whole time whilst the skin is healing and continue using the vitamin E oil until the skin has fully healed. Vitamin E oil must be used under supervision only if you have any blood clotting disorders or taking prescribed medication which causes the blood to be thinned. Vitamin E is also a blood thinner naturally, and the clotting process can be affected by the vitamin E especially if a disorder exists. So, consult your healthcare professionals if you are uncertain.
Anti-Ageing properties of Vitamin E oil
Vitamin E oil is a potent anti-oxidant and is often used in a lot of cosmetic products which are used directly on the skin. Vitamin E oil contains gamma tocotrienol which has been shown to protect and repair the skin which has been exposed to UVB radiation (sunlight). Our skin tends to age more quickly if it has been exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time. Using a vitamin E oil based face cream can help reduce the signs of ageing on the skin.
Vitamin E oil as a body moisturiser
Vitamin E oil is excellent to apply all over the body, as soon as you have had your shower. Vitamin E oil (mixed with coconut oil) makes an excellent moisturiser for the skin. Apply on slightly damp skin and it will be absorbed, leaving the skin feeling very soft and nourished.
Alleviate dull and dry skin with vitamin E oil
In clinic, I meet a lot of people who suffer from long term dry skin. As a result the skin can appear to be “older”. My advice is always to use vitamin E oil based creams. Vitamin E oil can help to reduce the redness, flakiness and dryness of skin. It must be used on a regular basis applying it over the areas which have become affected by dryness.
Copyright G Nandhra BSc. Psy. Diploma Nutritional Therapy. Wellbeingrange Jan2016.