Ingredient Spotlight: Vitamin E

By Minji

  • Vitamin E can be a critical part of many of our daily skincare routines, in particular if you have dry skin
  • Vitamin E combined with vitamin C and used under sunscreen can provide four times the protection of just sunscreen alone
  • Make sure you’re getting just the right amounts of this powerful ingredient through a solid vitamin C serum!

When I was a young girl, of all of my mom’s skincare products, her vitamin E capsules looked the most interesting.  They appeared very similar to the pills she would swallow every morning but these were more fun. She would carefully pierce the side of each tiny capsule and apply it all over her face before bed. This was my first introduction to vitamin E as a key skincare ingredient.

Since then, with all the new “hot” ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, retinol, niacinamide, etc., I feel like there’s less talk about vitamin E in the skincare world, but it still remains the fact that vitamin E can be a critical part of many of our daily skincare routines, in particular if you have dry skin.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant vitamin and an oil, often found in anti-oxidant blend serums or moisturizers. It is known to keep your skin moist and also enhance the skin’s protective barrier. As a potent antioxidant, it can also aid in healing skin of burns (in particular, damage from the sun), wounds and other irritation.

These days, vitamin E is often highlighted in skincare products when combined with vitamin C and ferulic acid. Studies have shown that when vitamin E is combined with vitamin C and used under sunscreen, it can provide four times the protection of just sunscreen alone. For this reason, the SOFFLI 16% Vitamin C Serum combines 16% vitamin C with vitamin E and ferulic acid.

The downside of vitamin E, and probably the reason we don’t see it in pure form as much, is that it can potentially clog pores and cause irritation for sensitive skin. These days most of us can get our daily dose of vitamin E through products like a vitamin C serum that incorporate it at moderate levels to avoid these issues. However, if you have dry skin and want to try it out in pure form, the recommendation is to use it just once at night since it’s probably too thick and oily for day time.

You can also get vitamin E through a variety of foods such as avocados, sunflower seeds, almonds and spinach. Research has shown that vitamin E may decrease your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, vision problems, and brain disorders.  It’s considered an essential vitamin for your overall body for these reasons but you also want to make sure not to overdose on vitamin E as it can have negative impacts as well. For most of us, we don’t need more than 15 mg/day.  Experts say this is easily achieved with a well-balanced diet and most of us won’t need to take separate supplements.  

To me, vitamin E now seems like a skincare classic. No need to over do it with separate skincare capsules or supplements, but make sure you’re getting just the right amounts of this powerful ingredient through your every day skincare products like a solid vitamin C serum!