The Health Benefits of Vitamin-E

The Health Benefits of Vitamin-E

Posted on 17. Aug, 2010 by in eat me, odd stuff, product

A Guest article.

Vitamin E is an essential ingredient in many beauty and skincare products as it has powerful skin healing benefits [1] and is widely available in different forms including moisturising creams, sun creams and after sun lotions and anti-aging products.

Supporting Healthy Skin

According to some experts, Vitamin E can be effective in accelerating the healing of damaged skin and it can be used in treatments for stretch marks, scars and burns [2]. When selecting a Vitamin E product, health experts recommend that you should buy products that contain vitamin E in its alcohol form (alpha-tocopherol) rather than the acetate form (alpha-tocopherol acetate) [3]. It is thought that the acetate form is not as effective at penetrating the skins epidermis to reach deep layers of the skin.

When combined with Vitamin A, Vitamin E can act as a regulator for the absorption of vitamin A [4]. This is another essential vitamin and is important for healthy skin growth. Vitamin E can also strengthen the skin’s cells by reducing water loss in order to help to prevent dry skin.

Sun Protection Barrier

Many sun cream and after sun products contain Vitamin E as it has antioxidant properties that actively protect skin cells against damage from free radicals, which can be caused by rays of ultra violet light [4]. This can help to reduce the signs of premature aging therefore keeping skin looking fresh and youthful. Exposure to intense sunlight can be one of the major causes of premature aging so it is important to apply sun creams before you go outdoors in the summer. Most vitamin E based sun creams need to be applied at least 20 minutes before you go out to ensure the product has been absorbed deeply into the epidermis of the skin.

Skin Cancer

Recent studies have shown that Vitamin E could play a role in preventing the development of skin cancer [4]. Again, this is thought to be a result of its powerful antioxidant effects, which help to prevent damage on the skin cells that can lead to skin cancer.

Sexual Health

Vitamin E has also been linked to a healthy reproductive system and taking a daily supplement of this vitamin has been shown to help treat a number of conditions including menstrual pain, abdominal cramps and low sperm count.

About the author: Haylee Hulme writes a number of articles about the benefits of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin E

References

1. Online Vitamins Guide (2010) Vitamin E for Skin.
2. Alterative Medicine (2010). Remedy for Scars and Scar Removal.
3. Vitamin Supplements (2005). Vitamin E (Tocopherols).
4. Health Skin Care (2005). Benefits of Vitamin E.

Other Guest writers

Veronica Davis : Veronica’s article is here.
Amanda T : Amanda’s article is here.
Roko Nastic : Roko’s article is here.
Haylee Hume : Haylee’s article is here

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