Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant that protects cell membranes from reactive oxygen species. A vitamin E deficiency is rare, and anyone affected usually has an underlying issue, such as problems with the digestion of dietary fat. Having said this, taking Vitamin E, for instance, in an oil-based form, could carry benefits.
Vitamin E oil is derived from vitamin E. It can be applied directly to the skin, or used as an ingredient in lotions, gels and creams. It should be relatively easy to purchase, as it’s found in many health shops. Note, that whilst many champion the benefits of vitamin E oil, research on its benefits are mixed. In this article, we will explore 5 potential benefits.
According to research, vitamin E can prevent yellow nail syndrome, which causes the nails to crack, yellow and peel. The moisturising nature of vitamin E could also help prevent cracked cuticles and dry skin forming around the nail bed.
Just like the nails, vitamin E will have a moisturising effect on the skin that could help to stop dry and flaky skin from forming.
It is thought that vitamin E oil may be helpful to wound healing, due to some research suggesting vitamin E supplements may be beneficial in this way. Unfortunately, very little research has been completed.
There is potential for vitamin E to offer relief to those suffering the effects of the condition known as eczema.
A study found that oral vitamin E supplements could help ease eczema symptoms, and whilst vitamin E oil has not been thoroughly tested to look for the same results, at the very least, it could help increase the effectiveness of other moisturisers.
You may find that vitamin E oil provides temporary relief from itchy skin. This is due to the way it moisturises the skin. Keeping the skin well moisturised could be a great way to prevent dry skin and, indeed, itchiness.
As you can see, the biggest potential benefit of vitamin E oil, and the one those who use it are most likely to receive, is the moisturising of the skin. Once well moisturised, the skin can feel so much better in its healthier state, and you’ll possibly be less likely to develop a skin-related condition.
Having said this, always keep in mind that allergic reactions are possible when applying vitamin E oil to the skin. And although we have talked about how it could be beneficial to the skin, it could in fact cause irritation. If you have a history of allergic reactions its best to avoid the oil, or at least complete a patch test on a small area of the skin before full use.
One other important point, vitamin E oil is found in many products for the skin, each containing different concentrations and additional ingredients, meaning the results experienced by the user could vary from product to product drastically.