Ingredient Breakdown: Vitamin E
By now, most skincare fanatics know that miracle, fix-it-all ingredients don't really exist. In fact, science shows that a beauty routine that incorporates several high-powered ingredients is the best way to combat signs of aging, skin damage, and all those other fun things we deal with on a daily basis. But, how do you know which ingredients are worth the hype? We're making it easy! In this series, we'll give you the must-know info on both trending and mainstay ingredients.
Some skincare ingredients are so necessary to our skin's well-being that they become go-tos for people of all ages and skin types—vitamin E is among them. You'll find it in thousands of products and for good reason.
The ingredient: Vitamin E
Also known as: d-alpha-tocopherol, d-alpha-tocopherol acetate, dl-alpha tocopherol, and dl-alpha tocopherol acetate
Quick take: Fights free radicals by providing skin with a mega dose of antioxidant protection
Claims to fame: Antioxidants are essential for every skincare routine no matter your age and vitamin E is an all-star antioxidant. Vitamin E gives your skin a strong defense against free radicals which cause wrinkles, making it an effective anti-aging tool. This multi-tasking ingredient also has healing properties, it calms irritation and repairs damaged tissue. Plus, vitamin E works extra well when partnered with one of our other favorite ingredients—vitamin C.
Tip: Those with acne-prone skin should avoid using pure vitamin E oil as it is one of the thickest oils around and may clog pores. However, it can still be beneficial when combined with other ingredients in skincare products.
Where to find it:
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm, $7.50, at Sephora
The Estée Edit Radiance Activator Treat + Prep + Glow, $55, at Sephora
TRESemmé Moisture Rich Vitamin E Shampoo for Dry or Damaged Hair, $5.38, at Walmart
What's your favorite vitamin E-infused product? Have you used any of the products above? Comment below!