Known for its antioxidant protection, Vitamin E is often used in skincare formulas to moisturize the skin.
Known by its scientific name of tocopherol, topical Vitamin E has been used in dermatology for over 50 years as a treatment for a variety of skin issues ranging from burns to protection against free radical damage caused by sun exposure. Vitamin E for skin is a popular ingredient for product formulations and is widely used in doctor’s offices. Learn more about Vitamin E and how we use it in our products.
What Is Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient that is synthesized by plants. Nuts, wheat germ oil, broccoli, spinach, olive oil, whole grains, and sunflower seeds are all known natural sources of Vitamin E. Your body needs Vitamin E to fight off damaging free radicals and to boost your immune system.
What Does Vitamin E Do For Skin?
Vitamin E’s antioxidant properties are the most well-known and researched benefit. It helps defend the skin against the negative effects of pollution and even has the ability to absorb UVB radiation (the sun’s short-length waves that cause burns). When combined with Vitamin C, it’s been shown to be very effective in helping neutralize the free radical damage caused by UV rays, making it a beneficial addition to any sunscreen formulations.
Additionally, Vitamin E has been shown in some studies to provide a small amount of temporary relief to skin issues like eczema and psoriasis, and it has a long history of being used to help moisturize dry, irritated skin. It’s also an anti-inflammatory with calming properties.
Why Does Your Skin Need Vitamin E?
Your body naturally produces Vitamin E in the sebaceous glands, which is delivered to the skin via your sebum. Those with drier skin may not have optimal levels of Vitamin E, and those suffering from a damaged skin barrier caused by pollution and the sun might also be lacking in natural Vitamin E. And, as we age, our production of Vitamin E will start to decrease. Topical Vitamin E application can help replenish your skin’s natural reserves and allow it to function at peak levels.
Is Vitamin E Good For Dry Skin?
While its antioxidant protection is one of its most well-known benefits, Vitamin E also has a long history of being used topically on skin that has been damaged or is irritated. Its anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to provide some relief for UV-induced skin swelling, redness, roughness. There is also some evidence of its ability to improve skin’s moisture-binding capacity to provide a moisturizing effect on the skin .
Where Can I Find Vitamin E In Kiehl’s Products?
At Kiehl’s, we infused Vitamin E in a variety of our product formulas to provide antioxidant and moisturizing benefits.
Super Fluid Daily UV Defense SPF 50+: Our lightweight facial sunscreen has Vitamin E to help neutralize environmental free radical damage, both from the sun and from pollution. It allows our best selling sunscreen to offer more complete protection to your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment For Men: Our Facial Fuel line of products incorporate Vitamin E to help revitalize skin and give it a more energized and healthy appearance. In our popular men’s moisturizer, it helps skin resist the effects of environmental stress for a healthy, invigorated appearance and improve skin’s look and texture.
Lip Balm #1: Vitamin E also makes for a great ingredient for lip products like our classic Lip Balm #1. First released in the 1960s, this unisex lip treatment also contains Squalane and Aloe Vera to temporarily protect and help soothe dry lips. It’s a great cold-weather pick, as it helps shield lips from the drying effects of wind and cold weather.
Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion: If you prefer your products oil-free, this lightweight version of our iconic Ultra Facial Cream helps restore skin’s moisture barrier while also helping to reduce the appearance of excess oil on the skin. The non-greasy hydrator traps moisture to deeply condition skin, while a formula featuring Vitamin E, Desert Plant Extract, and Glacial Glycoprotein helps keep skin fresh and healthy looking.