Famous for its antioxidant and hydrating qualities, Vitamin E is a powerhouse ingredient that’s a renowned saviour for drier skin. Part of the natural make up of healthy skin, vitamin E is built in to fight external aggressors like pollution and sun damage, but decreases with time - which weakens its ability to fight against the signs of aging.
As one of the key ingredients in our Radiance Ritual Glow Mask, here’s our lowdown as to why you need to top it up in your routine.
WHY VITAMIN E IS A LUNEIA-APPROVED SKINCARE ESSENTIAL
It’s a key ingredient for moisture levels, healing and protection of the lipid barrier
One of the key qualities of vitamin E is its amazing hydrating qualities. As vitamin E is oil-soluble, you’ll often find it in moisturisers or oils, making it super simple to fit into your daily routine. If you need some help nailing your daily basics, we’ve done all the legwork for you here.
Once your chosen vitamin E product has been absorbed, its anti-inflammatory and skin healing benefits really kick in, making it a total essential for irritated or super dry skin types. In fact, vitamin E has the ability to accelerate healing of skin damage such as burns and wounds by as much as 50%.
Vitamin E can also calm redness and help rebuild the skin's lipid barrier, working to ‘seal up’ any little cracks in the barrier, enabling a boost in long-lasting retention of moisture. All the while, vitamin E aids the promotion of super smooth skin.
It’s an antioxidant and protects from the sun
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that works to combat against free radicals, protecting the skin from external damage. This absolutely does not mean that it’s sufficient sun protection or an alternative to SPF. But in forming part of the skin’s natural defences, it does work against free radicals including UV rays and others that come into contact with the skin’s epidermis.
Used alongside your daily SPF, vitamin E gives you that extra protection you need against environmental aggressors. If you need a masterclass in SPF, take a look at our breakdown of why it’s an essential part of your routine EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.
Due to its antioxidant benefits, vitamin E can discourage sebum oxidation, which works to prevent the oil in pores turning dark from the oxidation process, therefore preventing blackheads.
SHOULD I BE USING VITAMIN E?
Vitamin E is suitable for most skin types, particularly those with dry skin. As a rule, super sensitive skin should avoid using vitamin E. In most skincare, it’s used in very small doses, which is also why it doesn’t have the comedogenic or ‘pore-clogging’ effect that you might fear when considering adding it to your skincare kit.
WHICH INGREDIENTS PLAY WELL WITH VITAMIN E?
To up hydration levels, vitamin E works super well with other humectant ingredients like squalane, providing serious levels of moisture for juicy, plump skin.
You can read more about why we love squalane here in our ingredient spotlight.
For a perfect vitamin pairing, vitamin E and C work wonders on the skin when teamed up. They work so well together as oil-soluble vitamin E can get deeper into the skin, while vitamin C works its magic on the skin’s surface level.