Vitamin E: What It Is, What It Does, and Why your Skin Needs It

When you’re shopping for skincare products, do you know what to look for on the label?

We’re talking about ingredients here. Be honest…when you’re reading a product’s label, do you really know which ingredients matter the most—and which ones you can ignore?

If not, no worries – we’re here to help!

When it comes to skincare products, Vitamin E is one of the ingredients your skin can benefit from the MOST. That’s because it actively prevents skin damage like dryness, wrinkles, and sagging while repairing any damage that’s already occurred. Good riddance!

Vitamin E has been a recognized immune system booster and antioxidant for generations. It helps your body create collagen, which makes your skin feel smooth and vibrant, but that’s not all it does! It also works at the cellular level to protect your skin from the effects of aging, keeping you looking and feeling amazing.

What’s an Antioxidant?

“Antioxidant” is one of those words you’ve probably heard thousands of times, but you might not know exactly what it means. You might even think it’s just an empty buzzword used to justify jacking up products’ prices.

That’s actually not true.

Basically, an antioxidant is a compound (natural or human-made) that prevents oxidation, the natural chemical reaction that can damage your skin cells. We’re not going to make you sit through a chemistry lesson here but think about what happens when you slice up an apple, then leave the slices on the counter for a bit. They turn brown…that’s oxidation!

When atoms within your cells oxidize, they become what’s known as free radicals. These atoms are responsible for breaking down your skin’s collagen, making it dry out, wrinkle, and sag.

Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant, which means it inhibits the oxidation process. Topical products like our All-Natural Vitamin E Antioxidant Body Oil deliver this powerful antioxidant directly to your skin cells so it can start working immediately.

Vitamin E and Your Skin

Vitamin E comes from a variety of sources. It’s in a lot of the foods we eat, like spinach, red bell peppers and peanuts. It plays important roles in many of our body systems, like our immune and circulatory systems.

And like we mentioned above, it’s one of the vitamins your skin needs the most. Your skin has a natural waterproof barrier that keeps moisture in, keeping your skin tight and supple. But over time, that barrier wears away. Vitamin E repairs that barrier, building back any smoothness or elasticity you’ve lost.

Measuring Vitamin E

Not all Vitamin E products are created equally. Some contain more Vitamin E than others—and that means some pack a stronger rejuvenating punch than others.

You can see how much Vitamin E is in a product by looking at the Vitamin E IU levels listed on its label. You’ll notice that our products, like our 100% Vitamin E Oil and our Vitamin E Cream have different IU numbers.

IU stands for “international unit,” the standard measurement for vitamins and substances that have biological effects. IU is a measure of a substance’s effect, not its mass, so a product with a higher Vitamin E IU is more potent than a product with a lower IU.

Vitamin E is #RealDealSkincare

Looking for more products packed with Vitamin E? Check out our Vitamin E Antioxidant Gel (perfect for soothing sunburned skin—get it now and be ready for beach season!) and our Vitamin E Lip Balm to keep your lips healthy, soft and moisturized all day long.

And because we believe that nourishing ingredients shouldn’t cost a fortune, your skin can reap the benefits of some good ol’ vitamin therapy for only $7.25 OR LESS at! (So don’t be afraid to click “Add to Cart” a few times…)