When I was just a kid, each night, I would look at my mother in complete awe, squeezing something like liquid gold from small green and yellow looking beads, and apply it onto her face just before going to bed. If it was one of my lucky days, she would let me put a bit of it on my face too.
It’s the elixir of life, she would say. And I believed her. Still do. Because I had never seen another woman with skin as youthful and as radiant as hers.
As I grew older, I learnt they were vitamin E capsules. I still imitate my mother’s nightly ritual and apply a generous amount of it, not only on my face, but also my hair and nails, in hopes to look as beautiful and glowing as she did.
Maybe you’ve also grown up hearing your mom or grandmother swear about the magical powers of vitamin E and how it can do wonders for your skin, but is there any truth to their claims?
Well, you need to read on to find out.
What is Vitamin E?
It is actually an antioxidant, and is naturally found in our bodies and certain food groups. There are in fact eight different types of it and the ones most commonly found in skin care products are tocopheryl acetate and tocopherol.
Being antioxidant in nature, vitamin E provides a strong defence mechanism against free radical damage, which not only causes early aging, but also causes skin irritation and inflammation. Other benefits of vitamin E include the ability to heal burns and scars and also provide hydration to the skin, keeping it looking soft and smooth.
Let’s discuss a few of these benefits in detail:
Benefits of vitamin E for the skin
Fights off free radicals
There’s much mention of the menacing free radicals when the topic of skin care comes up. But what are they? Technically they are unpaired atoms, floating in the atmosphere, looking for electrons in order to stabilise themselves. In an attempt to do so, they often bind to the skin in the process called oxidation, causing much havoc.
Vitamin E being an anti-oxidant can stop the free radicals from causing this damage.
Moisturizes the skin
The most known and acclaimed benefit of vitamin E is its ability to provide hydration and moisture to the skin, making it look supple and youthful. It helps to alleviate dryness and flaky skin, giving it a smooth texture. Owing to this property, it is also known to help those suffering from eczema, an extremely drying and irritating skin condition.
The Leovard Elixir, consisting of vitamin E, therefore makes a wonderful product to combat skin issues like eczema and psoriasis. Targeted application of the formula on problem areas not only helps to alleviate the dryness but also calm and soothe the irritated skin.
Evens skin tone
Being out in the sun can lead to dark spots, blemishes and hyperpigmentation. Vitamin E helps to neutralize this damage by promoting the synthesis of newer skin cells, giving the skin an even complexion.
Incorporating the Leovard Multicleanser, packed with all the essentials you need for cleaner, smoother and even skin tone, including vitamin E, in your skin care routine, can be the solution to your skin care woes.
Reduces premature aging
Free radical damage due to exposure to pollutants in the environment can cause the appearance of early signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines. Vitamin E promotes the synthesis of collagen, which not only helps to combat these but also lend elasticity to the skin, making it look firmer, lifted and youthful.
Promotes cell regeneration
Vitamin E is known for its wound healing properties. Applying it topically to cuts and splits can kickstart the healing process. It also helps to reduce the appearance of scars and burns by promoting cell turnover and regeneration.
Vitamin E is oil based, which means it can easily dissolve dirt, impurities and makeup, helping you to effectively cleanse your face, without leaving any residual impurities that would otherwise result in clogged pores and acne breakouts. No wonder many cleansers, including the Leovard Multicleanser, consist of this remarkable ingredient.
To sum it up, our mothers’ belief in the “magical” properties of vitamin E were not misguided. It in fact has many feathers in its cap, lending it such acclamation, especially in skin care.
With more and more skin care products incorporating this ingredient in their formulation, providing ease in application, the need for vitamin E in capsule form has reduced.