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The benefits provided by Vitamin E have long been accepted.
Vitamin E is a tocopherol, the skin's most important lipid or fat-soluble antioxidant, and (if not topically supplemented) consistently found to be depleted in the upper layers to the skin's overall detriment.
It is important to keep skin cell membranes intact, otherwise the skin cells and their components are destroyed by environmental reactive oxygen species, deteriorating health and increasing the need for repair and premature renewal.
Cosmetic Benefits of Vitamin E
Vitamin E can also help reduce the appearance of some of the wrinkling and reddening of the skin associated with the effects of UV-B exposure.
Useful Vitamin E
The predominant form of vitamin E in human and animal tissues is alpha tocopherol.
The empirical formula for vitamin E or alpha tocopherol is C29H50O2.
Other Names for Vitamin E
Tocopherol is the form the body uses.
D-alpha-Tocopherol is considered to be the biologically most active form of Vitamin E.
Vitamin E Derivatives
Cosmetic companies often (mis)use the term "vitamin E" to refer to a derivative.
The best suggestion is to read the ingredient list and to know what vitamin E really is: alpha tocopherol.
While this is the only form of vitamin E the body can use, there are nevertheless many derivatives that are used in cosmetic formulations.
Non-Antioxidant Vitamin Es
These natural Vitamin Es will always be more bioavailable and useful than synthetic vitamin Es.
Undesirable Vitamin E in Skin Care
Do not apply the contents of Vitamin E capsules to skin.
Dietary Vitamin E is intended for digestion, and will coat skin like Vaseline rather than be considerably absorbed to its benefit.
Pure Vitamin E drops sold for topical application typically contain oil identical to that found in supplements and have the same problems, although they make for superior lip balms.
Excess Vitamin E can also be harmful.
Optimal Skin Care with Vitamin E
Care of body and hand skin should always include true Vitamin E.
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