By Ria Bhatia
Vitamin E or tocopherol is a supremely nourishing and hydrating ingredient that penetrates deep into the skin, leaving no scope for dryness or unhappy skin.
“Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can aid in the fight against free radicals, which are molecules that cause DNA damage in cells. It has the ability to prevent or reverse the damage caused by free radicals to cells,” shares celebrity dermatologist and founder of Ambrosia Aesthetics, Dr Niketa Sonavane.
“Natural vitamin E is found to be at least twice as potent as synthetic vitamin E,” shares Dr Sonavane. The vitamin is stored in the skin, both the outer epidermis and the deeper dermis layers. It is found in the sebaceous glands, which are located at the base of the hair follicles. Vitamin E is transported to the skin by the body via sebum, an oily substance that protects and lubricates the skin.
“Vitamin E can seal small cracks in the skin’s barrier, which can allow moisture to escape and leave the skin feeling tight and dry. A healthy skin barrier means plump, hydrated skin and less skin sensitivity,” explains Dr Sonavane.
Vitamin E comprises the ability to absorb harsh energy from ultraviolet (UV) rays. Thus, it supports photoprotection and considerably reduces the magnitude of sun damage.
“The primary advantage of vitamin E is its ability to speed up the healing of skin damage such as burns and wounds. It is an antioxidant that will heal sunburn and skin irritation,” shares Dr Sonavane. It also helps reverse signs of ageing and mitigates the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, revealing plump and youthful skin by accelerating collagen synthesis.
“Vitamin E might aid in the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis and promote an even-toned skin,” shares Dr Sonavane. The anti-inflammatory property can also help to combat swelling, redness, irritation and a sudden flare-up by deeply nourishing it.
“Vitamin E is not typically recommended for people who have sensitive, oily, or acne-prone skin. If you’re new to using vitamin E, or if your skin is sensitive, start with a moisturiser. If you have oily skin, use vitamin E only in combination with other products and avoid using vitamin E oil on its own,” suggests Dr Sonavane.