Vitamin E might be the most underrated skincare ingredient out there. It’s generally budget-friendly, yet still does wonders to your skin. In this blog, I’m gonna give you a beginner’s guide to Vitamin E: what it is, who it is suitable for, and how you should incorporate it in your skincare. Stay tuned to the end for my personal favs, for either oily, dry or combination skin (ptss, they’re cruelty free, too!)
What is Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble, which can both occur naturally or be made synthetically. Natural vitamin E can be found in high concentration in fatty foods (the good fat though) such as nuts and seeds, salmon, avocado, etc. Natural vitamin E is more potent than synthetic vitamin E, which can more easily clog your pores if used topically. This is why the latter is found more in skincare products, under the name tocopherol.
What does Vitamin E do for your skin?
Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant, which means it is capable of protecting your skin against harmful external factors such as air pollution, cigarette smoke, etc. Especially when it comes to sun exposure, Vitamin E can reduce the damage that UV rays do to your skin by repairing and strengthening the skin’s barrier. In addition, research has pointed out that using vitamin E in skincare can soothe, moisturize and soften your skin.
Who is Vitamin E suitable for?
EVERYONE! Unless you have super sensitive skin, in which case I would advise you to see a dermatologist to see what works best for you skin, then Vitamin E can definitely join your skincare routine.
How can I incorporate Vitamin E in my skincare routine?
Because of its moisturizing properties, Vitamin E is most commonly found in moisturizers, serums or skin oils. Alternatively, you can start adding more Vitamin E-rich food to your daily diet for to soothe your skin from within. With an overall healthy diet, the use of Vitamin E in oral supplements is not generally necessary.
I can guarantee that the best way to use Vitamin E is with Vitamin C. The marriage between Vitamin E and Vitamin C is the most celebrated one in the skincare world. When paired together, they bring the best out of each other and create the strongest shield against the sun for your skin. Vitamin E and vitamin C can be found simultaneously in one single product, but I prefer to make my own combination because I’m that bitch (but also because they will each have stronger potency as separate products). My favorite way to optimize the pair is using a vitamin C serum and applying a Vitamin E moisturizer on top.
Yes, this is what you’ve been waiting for ain’t it? As I’ve mentioned in the beginning, Vitamin E products are mostly budget-friendly, so there really is no reason for me to recommend you an expensive ass product that would make you think twice before buying. Here we go.
For dry or combination skin
If you’ve known me for a while, you’ll know that I’m a sucker for The Body Shop. Not only because they are cruelty-free and their ingredients are community trade, but also because they carry a great number of high-quality skin-care products (tried-and-true by yours truly). The Body Shop has a whole range of Vitamin E products, of which I’ve tried two. First up, we have their best-seller, the Vitamin E Moisture Cream. I would say that this one is a crowd pleaser, since it contains very basic and friendly ingredients, namely Vitamin E (duh), Shea Butter and Hyaluronic Acid. The cream itself falls on the thicker side, yet feels light on the skin. I use a light tapping motion with my fingertips, and it would take about 1 to 1 and a half minute for everything to sink in. My skin would feel soft and slightly bouncy. You really can’t go wrong with this one.
Although the packaging says the product offers 48 hours of moisture, I normally wash it off after 15 hours max, together with my make-up. I mean who the hell doesn’t wash their face after two days straight. The important thing is that with this moisturizer, my skin doesn’t feel thirsty at the end of the day.
For oily/sensitive skin
Although I have dry to combination skin all year long, my face tends to feel like a ball of grease on hot summer days. That is when I reach for my Vitamin E Gel Moisture Cream from The Body Shop. This one has a gel consistency that immediately sinks into my skin, and makes me feel more awake in the morning, too. While the original Vitamin E can be heavy for oily skin, I find this variation perfect for oily or slightly sensitive skin. Plus, it is dermatologically tested, so one less thing for you to worry about.
Since I talked about the holy matrimony between Vitamin E and Vitamin C earlier, I might as well share with you my Vitamin C favs: the JASON C-Effects Hyper-C Serum and the Innisfree whitening pore synergy serum.
More detailed reviews on these two babies will be shared in my blog next week on Vitamin C so be sure to follow me on all my social media to stay updated!
Stay sweet my sugar babies,
Sugar Baby Club
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