With the hundreds of well-known benefits of Vitamin E for skin and hair, Drugstores and Cosmetic shelves in Department Stores are chock-full of products that claim they contain natural Vitamin E. But are these formulas really effective? Is Vitamin E a paradox? How can we manifest the benefits of Vitamin E for more beautiful Skin & Hair? Let’s find out!
How Vitamin E works for your Skin & Hair
Vitamin E is naturally present on the human skin surface. Topical application of Vitamin E in the form of serums, lotions, and moisturizers permeate readily into the skin layers via sebum due to its lipophilic character. In clinical studies, pure/natural forms of Vitamin E are absorbed into the skin/scalp in concentrations that are as low as 0.1%.
Did you Know? – Though the benefits of Vitamin E have been understood for millennia, it holds an unparalleled reputation in the history of dermatology for the past 50 years, when clinical studies began validating its efficacy in treating skin conditions. In a study in 2012, it was proven that Vitamin E, along with antioxidants like Vitamin C, Glutathione and Ubiquinol eradicate free radicals (a/k/a ‘cellular rust’ or oxidative damage) ridding our skin of harmful carcinogens & toxins.
Are there any Myths about using Vitamin E topically?
The Truly Natural Form
Mainly found in plant oils, natural Vitamin E is extracted in 8 major forms: Alpha-Tocopherol, Alpha Tocotrienol, Beta Tocopherol, Beta Tocotrienol, Gamma Tocopherol, Gamma Tocotrienol, Delta Tocopherol, and Delta Tocotrienol. Of these, our skin naturally produces d-Alpha Tocopherol, and this is the only source that is bio-identical for human absorption.
Using any other form of Vitamin E topically on your skin is basically useless! In point of fact, Synthetic vitamin E in skincare products is often in the form of ‘dl-tocopherol’, which is not absorbed or utilized/uptaken by our skin.
Vitamin E for Oily Skin
People with Oily skin (Kapha) have naturally higher concentrations of Vitamin E on their dermal and epidermal layers compared to Dry skin (Vata) type individuals. This translates into the reason that Kapha skin requires less Anti-aging maintenance compared to Vata skin as Kapha has more Vitamin E stored in the sebaceous glands.
Vitamin E + Vitamin C – The Magical Anti-Aging Decoction?
When combined with Vitamin C, the Anti-Aging properties of Vitamin E increases by 2X. This synergistic combination is also super effective in combating UV skin damage, as compared to Vitamin C alone, due to the fact that the ‘Vitamin E + Vitamin C’ molecular fusion can withstand the adverse derogatory photochemical reaction to UV (sunlight) exposure.
An Acne Miracle?
Since individuals with dry skin have minimal layers of protection on the skin surface, they are readily exposed to bacteria and other microorganisms, leading to frequent acne breakouts. A topical layer of the correct form of Vitamin E keeps the skin hydrated which minimizes bacteria and other microorganism invasion, which in turn staves off the occurrence of acne, psoriasis, eczema, psoriasis, and other inflammatory skin problems. However, on the contrary, if you have Kapha skin type, excess oil on your already oily skin type may not respond as well to Vitamin E treatment compared to Neem, Aloe Vera, Green Tea or other botanical skin treatments. This is why determining your Dosha is so important in choosing the best products for your skin type.
The Powerful Benefits of Vitamin E for Skin & Hair
Benefits of Vitamin E Skin Treatment
- Photoprotection/ Sun Protection – Certain molecules and lipid soluble anti-oxidants in Vitamin E can absorb light on the UVB spectrum. Combined with naturally sourced Vitamin C provides full protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Vitamin E also lowers the oxidation of lipids (oils) on the skin’s surface to reduce redness & sunburn after UV (Sun) exposure.
- Controls Allergic Reactions – Topical Vitamin E is considered an anti-inflammatory agent that can reduce swelling, (erythema and edema) by decreasing the synthesis of Prostaglandins, Interleukins, and Cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) enzymes. Vitamin E in combination with Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Vitamin A can prove to provide a fast-acting anti-inflammatory response.
- Intense Hydration – If you have super-dry skin, then Vitamin E is the go-to skin and hair potion for you! Vitamin E allows your skin to retain its natural oils and works as an excellent moisturizer for dry and patchy, rough skin. It proves to be a superior ingredient for those of us struggling with Sensitive Skin (Pitta) conditions such as Rosacea, Eczema, and Psoriasis.
- Counteracts Signs of Aging – Dryness and excess UV exposure are the leading causes in the development of premature wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet and dark spots.. all the signs of aging skin. As Vitamin E counteracts all these conditions, it follows that it helps your skin to appear more youthful over time.
Benefits of Vitamin E Hair Treatment
- Thick and Voluminous Hair – Oils of Avocado, Almond and Coconut (rich in Vitamin E) are documented over the ages to promote hair growth. When massaged topically, the proper form of Vitamin E increases circulation and blood flow to the scalp which reduces oxidative stress (a primary reason for excessive hair loss).
- Add Shine and Lustre – If you have dull or frizzy hair, it’s because the outside cuticle of your hair shafts may have been damaged and shed due to daily wear and tear. Application of Vitamin E helps restore the outer cuticle layer, which brings back shine, seals in moisture, reduces breakage and protects hair from external damages, such as heat styling and wear and mechanical wear and tear from brushing, hair clips, tight braids, and buns, etc.
- Balance Oil Production – A Dry and irritated scalp can cause atopic dermatitis which in turn causes dandruff outbreaks. The correct form of Vitamin E mimics the composition of the scalp’s natural oils to keep the scalp even and balanced.
Vitamin E Products that work for your Skin & Hair
Is Vitamin E a part of your daily skin care and hair care regimen? Vitamin E is naturally lost from your skin surface every day due to overexposure to environmental pollutants, erratic lifestyle and genetics. Since Vitamin E is highly hydrating in nature, it should be used with caution when it comes to oily/kapha skin types. For drier skin types, it should be applied topically as part of your night-time regimen in the right concentrations in combination with naturally sourced Vitamin C, when it can perform minor miracles. Watch your skin improve dramatically in just a matter of days! Start protecting your skin and hair today by choosing only Organic, Naturally-Derived, Wild-Crafted, Free-Trade, Sustainable and Balanced Vitamin E Skincare & Haircare Formulations.