Benefits of Vitamin E
What is Vitamin E and why is it so important for our skin?
Vitamins are very important and essential components for the proper functioning of our daily life, since they are responsible for providing us with the necessary nutrients to regulate many of the different functions of our body. Without the contribution of vitamins, our body would fail and could not work correctly. For this reason, it is so important to provide enough vitamins to our body to ensure that our cellular functioning, growth and development are optimal and balanced.
In this way, just as vitamins help our body to be able to fulfill all vital functions, it has also been shown through different clinical studies, how their use can also be effective used in cosmetic products, such as Vitamin E.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, that is, it dissolves easily in fats, oils and other organic solvents.
It is one of the most important nutrients in our body as it helps our body to stay healthy and delay aging. This allows it to be really good for our sight, blood, brain and skin health.
Effects of Vitamin E
Its effects are closely related to its antioxidant power, since it is capable of protecting the membranes of the cells that prevent our body from oxidation.
Its action consists of neutralizing the damages caused by the different free radicals with which our body is threatened in our daily lives. Some of these free radicals can be pollution, tobacco smoke, sun exposure or fatigue. In this way, Vitamin E prevents these free radicals from damaging our cells, tissues and organs.
What foods have vitamin E?
This well-known vitamin is naturally present in a large number of foods rich in fats such as vegetable oils, nuts, some cereals and green leafy vegetables such as chard, broccoli or spinach. The foods richest in this nutrient that we can have in our pantry are: almonds, hazelnuts and raw seeds such as sunflower or pumpkin.
Vitamin E is also found naturally in our skin, but it can be easily lost due to external effects such as sunlight, pollution, or tobacco smoke. For this reason, in cosmetics this vitamin is used to combat the harmful effects of free radicals that cause premature aging.
Vitamin E in cosmetics
The use of Vitamin E in cosmetic products is well known for its beneficial effects, such as its antioxidant activity, allowing it to increase skin hydration while providing softness, perfect for skin that suffers from dryness.
Also, thanks to its antioxidant action, it is a good ally to combat wrinkles and expression lines. Skin with acne and scars can benefit from the anti-inflammatory action of Vitamin E, since it helps to calm down the effects and regenerate the damaged skin. Its combination with Vitamin C enhances the oxidizing effect of both and also helps to improve skin blemishes.
The use of Vitamin E lengthens the life of the other components used in the formulation, such as vegetable oils or other active ingredients sensitive to oxidation.
Natural Cosmetics and Vitamin E
Finally, Vitamin E can be obtained from different natural sources . This allows formulating cosmetics free of chemicals and 100% natural .
In nature, vitamin E is present in the form of: 4 tocopherols and 4 tocotrienol. All of these forms have a hydroxychromone nucleus to which an isoprenoid chain of 16 carbon atoms is attached. The chain is saturated in tocopherols and has three unsaturations in tocotrienes. Both have four forms: alpha, beta, gamma and delta, which differ from each other by the position and number of methyl groups in the ring.
Structure of vitamin E Studies have shown that alpha-tocopherol is the most biologically active form of vitamin E in humans, compared to beta-tocopherol (30%) , gamma-tocopherol (15%) and delta-Tocopherol (1%). In this way, depending on the type of vitamin E used to make natural cosmetics, we seek to achieve one action or another with its formulation. Natural vitamin E acetate, which is on the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) list as Tocopheryl Acetate, is used mainly as an active ingredient.
As an active ingredient, it protects the skin from harmful external agents such as free radicals: ultraviolet light, pollution, cigarette smoke ...
The natural acetate in creams is also responsible for restoring vitality to the skin. Thanks to its properties, it restores the skin in those affected areas, thus improving the ability to heal and regenerate the skin. Also, as mentioned above, it is perfect for preventing and reducing wrinkles, since it has the ability to reach the deepest layers of the skin, hydrating at the same time as rejuvenating. Vitamin E Tocopherol.
It is mainly used to stabilize products before the oxidation process, and thus avoid the cosmetics and oils to oxidate. Natural tocopherols are antioxidants that allow to make the conservation of cosmetics longer, the ones that contain an oily phase.
The higher the oil phase or the proportion of oils in the formula, the more tocopherols must be added. In this way, the effects of oxidation are avoided, such as the other components becoming rancid or oxidized. It is used to extend the life of cosmetics and stabilize the product against oxidation.
As you can see, we have plenty of reasons and benefits of using Vitamin E as an ideal component for cosmetics with a natural formulation.
At The Cool Skin, we love all the effects it gives us and that is why we have not been able to do without Vitamin E in any of our products such as: Bioretinol Night Cream, Super C Facial Serum and Eye Rescuer. They all contain this powerful vitamin!