Left: Sheetal Rawal, scientist (human genetics) & founder of Apsara Skin Care
By: Marty S.
Home remedies by Sheetal Rawal
Previously, we went over why Vitamin C is important to get glowing, ageless skin. Today, we’ll tackle a different, yet equally essential vitamin for your skin: Vitamin E. Vitamin E is a wonderful nutrient that has a lot of benefits associated with it, such as improving the quality of your hair. However, you can also use Vitamin E to improve the quality and look of your skin. This anti-aging vitamin has the ability to amp up your skin glow, maintain the health of your skin, and reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. Need any other reasons besides that? Well, you’re in luck. Here are 10 reasons why Vitamin E is not optional if you are serious about getting stunning and ageless skin.
1. Protects Against Sun Damage & Sunburns
Vitamin E can provide adequate sun protection because it can absorb some wavelengths of UVB light. While it may not be able to absorb UVA light and not all UVB light,
Vitamin E does not rely on the use of harsh chemicals to protect your skin from sun damage. Vitamin E’s effect on your skin becomes even stronger when used in conjunction with Vitamin C, another nutrient that is vital for healthy, youthful skin. Plus, it is also believed that Vitamin E can reduce the appearance of sunburns.
Mix equal amounts of Vitamin E oil with almond oil and apply it on your skin before you step out in the sun.
Almond oil is also a good source of Vitamin E.
2. Useful for Skin After Sun Exposure
Vitamin E can help protect your skin before you step out into the sun, but you can also use it after a long day of being under the sun. Applying Vitamin E after being exposed to the sun can help your skin stay healthy and nourished.
10 drops of Vitamin E oil
5 drops of almond oil
¼ tsp. of turmeric powder
1 tsp. of sandalwood powder
Fresh aloe vera juice, as needed
Mix Vitamin E oil, almond oil, turmeric, and sandalwood together. Add enough aloe vera juice to the mixture until you get a paste.
Apply the mixture and leave it on for 15 minutes.
Wash it off with warm water. Follow with your toner, serum, and lotion.
Use after long periods of sun exposure.
3. A Powerful Antioxidant with Anti-Aging Benefits
Although Vitamin E does not extensively shield your skin from sun damage, it does have other ways of protecting your skin. One of the most notable ways is via its role as an antioxidant. Vitamin E can effectively neutralize free radicals, which are compounds that are responsible for skin cell damage and early skin aging, such as lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. Among other environmental sources, one of the main causes of free radicals is sunlight and UV radiation. Thus, using Vitamin E as a part of your anti-aging skin care regimen can help protect your skin from any of the sun's harmful effects.
8 drops of Vitamin E oil
6 drops of vegetable glycerin
1 tsp. of aloe gel
Mix the ingredients together.
Apply and leave it on your face for 15 minutes,
Wash the mixture off with warm water. Follow with a daily skin care routine based on your skin type. Click here to find out what your skin type is.
Use 1 to 2 times a week.
Vegetable glycerin is great for your skin because it helps your skin retain its moisture.
“[We] used to get breakouts very frequently...but both of us are doing much better after [we] started using [Apsara Skin Care products].”
4. Diminishes the Appearance of Fine Lines & Wrinkles
When free radicals damage your skin, they can cause lines and wrinkles to materialize. Wrinkles naturally form when your body’s collagen and elastin production (two proteins necessary for skin elasticity) slows down or stops, but free radicals can accelerate that process. By using Vitamin E to neutralize free radicals, you can maintain soft and supple skin and minimize your chance of getting wrinkles. Moreover, as an antioxidant, Vitamin E is anti-inflammatory. When this anti-aging vitamin is used topically, it can soften the skin and thus reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles you may already have.
10 drops of Vitamin E oil
1 tsp. of date pulp
Rice flour, as needed
Water, if needed
In a bowl, mix the Vitamin E oil and date pulp together. Add enough rice flour to get the consistency of a face mask. If needed, add water to thin out the mixture.
Apply the mask and leave it on for 12 to 15 minutes.
Wash the mask off with warm water. Afterward, use your toner, serum, and lotion. Use 1 to 2 times a week.
To get date pulp, add dates into a bowl and soak them in water overnight. In the morning, mash the dates with a fork.
5. Heals Damaged Skin Cells
Collagen and elastin are not the only cells damaged by free radicals, though. Free radicals are indiscriminate and affect all of your cells; these particles can cause your cells to break down and deteriorate faster than normal. However, by reducing the effects of free radicals in your body, Vitamin E restores and replenishes damaged cells. Antioxidants such as Vitamin E are responsible for maintaining the health of your cells, which is why they are very important if you want