The term Vitamin E may refer to any of eight different fat-soluble compounds, but the most essential form of Vitamin E is known as alpha-tocopherol. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant which means that it protects cells from damage from free radicals (atoms in the body with an unpaired electron, causing it to wreak havoc in the body and contribute to diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease). Vitamin E also contributes to a longer cell life as well as increased immune function. For these reasons, Vitamin E may also favor a healthier scalp, quicken hair growth, prevent hair loss, and increase hair shine. These benefits extend to nail health by preventing yellow nail syndrome and moisturizing cuticles.
Vitamin E: the body’s defender
Vitamin E may be found in some natural foods (and, more rarely, in processed foods). It is found most highly concentrated in nuts and seeds such as hazelnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, and peanuts. It may also be found in some fruits including mangos and kiwi as well as oils such as safflower oil, corn oil, and soybean oil.
How Vitamin E protects the skin:
Vitamin E acts as an anti-inflammatory agent to the skin since it protects the skin from damage caused by UV rays. This means that when applied topically, Vitamin E can reduce skin thickness, swelling, and redness caused by sun damage. This multifaceted vitamin also has anti-aging and skin hydration properties. Though this vitamin does wonders for the body when ingested, it cannot provide these benefits to the skin unless applied topically.