Skin Health Magazine Issue #9 / Autumn-Winter 2018 | Page 25

VITAMIN E Ingredient Spotlight W e all know how important it is to take your vitamins for sustained good health and the same principle applies to your skin: supply it with the right nutrients and it will flourish. If we asked you to write down the most common vitamins used in skin care, we bet Vitamins A and C take up the top two spots but to complete the magic trio, you need to include Vitamin E. If you’ve not hea rd much about Vitamin E, we get it. Its showier brethren often hog the lime- light, but it has been a staple of dermatology treatments since the 1950s and its amazing skin benefits are just as relevant today. Primarily an antioxidant, Vitamin E is an oil-soluble vitamin that not only protects the skin cells and DNA against environmental damage from things like pollution, but has the ability to minimise UVB-induced damage. If you have overdone it in the sun, UVB rays cause the skin to redden and, in some cases, burn. Vitamin E can soothe and calm inflamed skin while pro- tecting the fibroblasts from destruction, essentially preventing some of the key signs of sun-induced ageing from developing, hence its inclusion in most aftersun lotions. You may have also noticed Vitamin E or its more scien- tific name Tocopherol (you should also look out for Tocopheryl Acetate, an alternative to pure Vitamin E that is more stable and less acidic) in your favourite antioxidant serum, usually paired with Vitamin C. This is because, together, this antioxidant duo work to enhance and support each other in the fight against environmental damage, with Vitamin C working best at the surface and Vitamin E doing its job down in the lower layers. And what a job it does. Aside from its impressive antioxidant prowess, Vitamin E is an under-ap- preciated hydrator. Used topically, it plumps and softens the driest of skins to tackle dehydra- tion lines and create a more radiant complexion, and foods naturally rich in the ingredient (such as avocados, vegetable oil and some fish) can help to moisturise the skin from the inside when consumed as part of a balanced diet. Its anti-inflammatory benefits are not just great for calming sun damaged skin either. Those with sensitive skin prone to redness and irrita- tion can greatly benefit from using creams and serums formulated with Vitamin E, as it helps to minimise visible redness and can support better wound healing, improving skin’s ability to function more efficiently during the day. Despite its relatively low profile compared to other antioxidants on the scene, Vitamin E can be found in every step of your beauty routine, from your cleanser to your sunscreen, in your foundation and in your face powder. In fact, you’re probably already using it. So keep at it. ISSUE #09 | 2018 | 25