Next to flashier ingredients like retinol and vitamin C, vitamin E is something of an unsung hero. You've probably spotted it in at least one of your products, as it's one of the most commonly used ingredients in beauty (it's usually listed as "tocopherol" in ingredient lists), but you may not know that it does so much more than moisturize. Whether it's fueling your other actives or playing up its many benefits from the inside out, vitamin E does it all and definitely deserves a prominent place in your skincare lineup. Below are six reasons why this hardworking ingredient is one of our favorite antioxidants (and should be yours, too).
1. Vitamin E helps limit sun damage.
Sunscreen and vitamin E are an unbeatable combination: together they work even harder to protect you from UV rays while protecting you from free radical damage. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, and studies have shown it to be extremely effective in countering the destructive effects of sun exposure (including wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, loss of tone and moisture, and skin cancer). Don't replace it with SPF, but consider it the perfect addition to your sun protection program. Apply a layer of serum multi-correction Even Up® de Colorescience on your face in the morning to get a dose of bioavailable vitamin E, as well as nourishing peptides, ceramides and hyaluronic acid.
2. Dry skin drinks it.
Does your skin need to be moisturized? Just add vitamin E; it has been shown to have significant moisturizing effects. "Vitamin E is a fat-soluble ingredient, which means it can penetrate the top layer of the skin. By accumulating in the skin's sebaceous glands, it helps to "fortify the lipids that are integral to our protective barrier against moisture," thus enhancing the skin's natural ability to prevent water loss. If your complexion is particularly dry, it's best to add a nourishing formula such as Eminence Organics Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil.
3. It's like an energy block for your other antioxidants.
Think of vitamin E as a solo superstar that also works well with others. You'll often see it appear alongside other antioxidants, including vitamin C (as in the ultra-popular SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic). All of this is due to its ability to further strengthen these ingredients. Studies have shown that the combination of vitamins C and E quadruple their antioxidant protection capacity, so don't hesitate to combine these active ingredients.
4. It can help fight hair thinning and scalp stress.
Don't limit these antioxidant benefits to your face; your hair and scalp should also benefit. Vitamin E supplements can help stimulate growth if you are losing your hair, and can also help prevent oxidative stress in the scalp. UV exposure affects your hair and scalp like the rest of your skin, so neutralize free radical damage with a vitamin E hair routine. Combine a daily application ofCorpa Flora nutritive oil at Monoï shampoo from Bkind once a week for smoother, stronger and fully protected hair.
5. L’intégration de la vitamine E dans votre régime alimentaire quotidien peut optimiser vos résultats.
Moisturizers and serums aren't your only source of vitamin E. This ingredient provides your skin with antioxidants both internally and externally. A balanced diet allows you to absorb enough vitamin E to contribute to overall skin health. Your main sources should be foods like nuts, spinach, whole grains and olive and sunflower oils. Also incorporate foods rich in vitamin C to boost antioxidant and free radical fighting effects, just as you would with skin care.