Vitamin E is a nutrient that our body cannot produce. It comes from certain foods and skincare supplements. An antioxidant, it defends our skin against damage caused by free radicals and counters inflammation in the body. And it packs a whole lot of benefits for the hair as well. Ahead, we’re listing down the amazing beauty benefits of vitamin E that make a must-have in every beauty vanity.
For the skin
A rich source of antioxidants, vitamin E reduces free-radical damage caused by everyday stressors like pollution, air, and ultraviolet radiation. It's also a moisturizing agent that can reinstate your skin's glow, and treat dry, patchy areas of the skin. It can accelerate the rate at which wounds heal, reduce inflammation caused by injury or infection on the body, and soothe the affected area. One example of inflammation is acne. This can be attributed to the vitamin's anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
According to a 2016 study, vitamin E can diminish the appearance of dark under-eye circles when combined with actives like retinol and vitamin C.
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For the hair
Yup. Its benefits extend to the hair as well. Vitamin E is important for the maintenance of healthy hair. It prevents oxidative stress in the scalp—which has been linked with hair loss. It promotes microcirculation and oxygenation in the scalp, and thus, provides nourishment on a cellular level. This can promote hair growth.
Your hair can look dull and dry when it's damaged. A topical application of vitamin E oil can bring back your hair's shine.
Where can you find vitamin E?
You must work vitamin E into your diet. A lack of nutrients can lead to weakness in your muscles, a compromised immune system, trouble with balance and coordination, and problems related to the retina. But you can overcome these issues with vitamin E.
Consume more food containing vitamin E. This includes nuts, oils, seeds, avocados, papaya, spinach, and so much more. Complement this with supplements too.
Your vitamin E depends on your age, gender, pregnancy, etc. and that's why your intake varies. You must check with your doctor before incorporating the nutrient into your diet plan.