Vitamin E is one of the essential vitamins that the body needs to maintain proper function. It plays a key role in cellular structure and the formation of DNA, RNA and red blood cells. As anantioxidant it neutralizes free radicals that can cause wrinkles, age spots and fine lines. It also protects against ultraviolet rays, pollution, drugs, radiation and smoke that can oxidize cells and change their cellular structure to cause signs of aging and disease. Vitamin E makes the skin look younger and more beautiful.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that is stored in the liver, adipose and muscles. Because it is fat-soluble it requires fat to be transported to other areas of the body. Without the ability to freely move throughout the body, excess vitamin E in the body can be potentially toxic. Therefore maintaining proper levels of vitamin E in the body is essential. Vitamin E has several functions in the body including skin care and repair.
Vitamin E can be absorbed through the food that we eat, taken as a vitamin supplement or applied topically in lotions, creams and gels. The best way to receive your daily allowance of vitamins is through the food that you eat, even though, the amount of vitamin E that the body requires is miniscule compared to other vitamins, it is very difficult to receive enough of vitamin E through our foods. Some foods that are high in vitamin E include spinach, almonds, avocados, sunflower seeds, olive oil, olives, papaya, and blueberries. By ingesting foods rich in vitamin E the body can protect the skin from the inside out. Vitamin E within the body eliminates free radicals, protects the liver from toxic chemicals, promotes good circulation and boosts the immune system.
Otherwise vitamin E can be applied topically. Vitamin E is easily absorbed by the skin. Vitamin E is a very strong antioxidant that reduces fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and stretch marks. When applied directly to the skin vitamin E promotes wound healing, prevents scar tissue, treats sunburns and prevents UV ray damage. Although it can be used to prevent scars, it can also be used to soften the appearance of scars. Vitamin E also aids in the treatment of skin diseases and conditions. Psoriasis is a condition that causes skin redness and irritation. Vitamin E can be applied topically to reduce the redness and inflammation and decrease the irritation while softening the skin. Vitamin E also reduces the risk of sun cancer by protecting the skin against sun damage. Vitamin E should be applied to the skin 20-30 minutes before going into sunlight. Additionally sunscreen can be applied on top of vitamin E to increase the effectiveness of sun block. Vitamin E acts as a skin barrier and strengthens the outside layer of skin to environmental exposure. It reduces water loss through the skin and promotes oil balance within the skin layers.
The next time you are looking for skin care products, look for natural organic vitamin E. Increase the amount of foods that include vitamin E in your diet and notice a newer, younger, fresher feel to your skin. Use vitamin E on cuts and skin conditions that cause inflammation and irritation. Keep this power antioxidant vitamin available for all your skin care needs.
Avoid taking over 400IU daily because the body is unable to remove it from the system. Always consult a doctor to determine vitamin levels in the body and to determine what an appropriate dosage of vitamins you should be taking.