What is Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is a major, oil-soluble, naturally occurring antioxidant in the body. It exists in eight different molecular forms. It is identified by two types: tocopherols and tocotrienols. There is an alpha, beta, delta, and gamma molecule form of each type. Vitamin E is found in many foods including salmon, berries, avocado, green veggies, nuts, and vegetable oil. It is not possible to overdose on vitamin E through the consumption of food. However, overdose can occur through oral supplements, so it is advised to consume no more than 1,000 IU’s per day. A deficiency of vitamin E in the body can cause tissue damage that can lead to cancer. It can also trigger an impairment of red blood cells and nerves.
Vitamin E in Skincare
Vitamin E is found throughout the body including the skin. It is most concentrated in the epidermis, or more specifically the stratum corneum layer of the epidermis. Vitamin E is dispersed throughout the skin by way of sebum flow. It is effective in protecting the skin from free radicals by neutralizing and absorbing harmful external sunlight and environmental assaults on the skin. Vitamin E is supplementary, meaning it works best when it is in synergy with other antioxidant rich vitamins. It also has regenerative properties but only in the presence of other antioxidants. Alpha-tocopherol is the most used vitamin E molecule in skincare products, because it is the most biologically active. It has one of the most powerful free-radical scavenging abilities of any other antioxidant. It is one of the primary antioxidants responsible for inhibiting UVB-triggered skin inflammation and immune response.
Vitamin E in The Treatment Room
Implementing vitamin E in the treatment room is not only safe but can also be a huge asset to your client’s skin health. When choosing products with vitamin E in their formulation you should make sure the vitamin is already present and is combine with other antioxidants. Vitamin E is absorbed better when combined with vitamin C. Other good ingredients to combine with vitamin E are Hippophae Berries, sunflower seeds, nuts, avocado, and vitamin A. Vitamin E rich products should not be exposed to direct sunlight. Vitamin E can be overused and effects the body’s blood clotting abilities. It can also cause skin irritation if used alone as a topical treatment.