What exactly is behind Vitamin E?
Undoubtedly, vitamin E is the main ingredient of cosmetic products due to its powerful antioxidant action, but it is also a true ally of our immune system. Discover why you should put this ingredient on your daily ‘menu’ - care and nutrition. The vitamin E complex is the guardian of the cell membrane and it is the servant of something much more important, and these are polyunsaturated fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6. Cell membranes and communication between cells without them is unthinkable. Polyunsaturated fatty acids have an inherent chemical weakness that they are easily attacked by reactive oxygen molecules that we create ourselves by metabolism. If there were no molecules like vitamin E in an instant they would become a burnt bucket of fat with lots of water.
In the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, vitamin E is known as the most powerful antioxidant, extremely effective in fighting free radicals, precisely those that accelerate the aging process. It is therefore not surprising that it is first on the list of our allies in skin and hair care and regeneration. At the same time, if properly taken into the body through diet, it is this vitamin that will help us fight stress, the consequences of excessive sun exposure, lack of sleep and all other situations that can lead to reduced defenses of our immune system, even in the fight against cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease. That is why we bring you several reasons why you should introduce this powerful vitamin into your everyday life today!
How does it work?
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects cell membranes and other liposoluble parts of the body, such as LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol). Protecting LDL cholesterol from oxidation can lower the risk of heart disease. Two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine show that men and women who take at least 100 I.U. vitamin E daily for a minimum of two years, recorded a 37 - 41% decrease in the risk of heart disease.
Different forms of vitamin E: The names of all types of vitamin E begin with either "d" or "dl", which are designations of different chemical structures. "d" - the form is natural, and "dl" is synthetic. The natural form of vitamin E is more active than the synthetic one. In order to compensate for low activity, synthetic vitamin E is added in a higher dose. 100 I.U. vitamin E requires 67 mg of natural form, and at least 100 mg of synthetic vitamin E. The toxicity of synthetic vitamin E has not been proven, but taking the natural form is recommended.
In addition to the designations "d" and "dl", the Greek letter alpha often appears, which also describes the structure. Synthetic "dl" vitamin E exists exclusively in alpha form (dl-alpha tocopherol). Natural vitamin E exists as alpha (d-alpha tocopherol) or as a combination of alpha, beta, gamma and delta called mixed natural tocopherols.
Forms of vitamin E are also referred to as "tocopherol" or "tocopheryl" ("tocopheryl acetate"). These two forms do not differ significantly, although it is possible that the tocopherol is absorbed somewhat better and the tocopheryl form has a longer storage time. Both forms are active when taken orally, but the skin cannot use the tocopheryl form, and tocopherol should be used when applying vitamin E to the skin.
Higher doses of vitamin E (above 100 I.U.) cannot be compensated by food.
This powerful antioxidant protects us from free radicals which are the main causes of all diseases. That is why foods rich in vitamin E improve our immune system, fight cancer, diabetes, protect against cardiovascular disease, infections, problems with concentration.
- Treatment against major burns
Vitamin E oil has an exceptional power of skin regeneration and can even accelerate the healing of smaller wounds, in a fairly short time. However, care should be taken to apply it only when the damaged area has cooled.
- Reduces scars!
Another amazing property of vitamin E is its ability to whiten scars. It is considered the best choice for removing scars caused by burns and acne. Massage a few drops of vitamin E oil on the scar in a circular motion, whether you have it for a few years or it is new. The oil will penetrate deep into the skin and help the cells to regenerate. For better results, massage the oil every day.
- Strenghthening immunity
When it comes to boosting immunity, we are used to thinking about vitamin C first, but vitamin E is also crucial for immunity. Moreover, these two vitamins constantly work together to maintain the body's defense system.
- As a prevention of skin cancer
For those who for any reason spend a lot of time outdoors, we advise you to mix a few drops of vitamin E oil in sunscreen and be sure to apply it before going out in the sun.
- Against stretch marks
Every pregnant woman and mother knows that stretch marks are one of the most disgusting traitors of the blissful state. Research has shown that regular massage of this oil can make stretch marks fade over time - even those that appeared a few years ago.
- Treatment against eczema and psoriasis
If you have the mentioned skin problems, it is recommended to massage vitamin E on the affected areas twice a day. Positive results will be visible very soon.
The upper cuticle around the nails and nails
One of the most effective care for dry and brittle nails and cracked cuticles around the nails is vitamin E treatment. You can drip a few drops into a water container and soak the nails in the resulting solution or massage one drop of oil on each nail and cuticle.
Against chapped cuticles of lips and herpes
Vitamin E acts as a moisturizer and is extremely successful in treating chapped cuticles on the lips, and with regular use you can prevent the formation of herpes.
It has an excellent effect on the work of the heart
The regenerating and therapeutic effects of vitamin E make it the most common dietary supplement. Keeps the heart healthy, prevents the formation of cholesterol, improves the work of blood vessels…
Bath for body and soul
If you add a little of this versatile oil to the bath, it will have an excellent therapeutic effect. In addition, it hydrates the skin and hair!
Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea)
Taking vitamin E 2 days before bleeding and 3 days after the onset of bleeding appears to reduce pain and reduce menstrual blood loss. Taking vitamin E with fish oil could provide even greater pain relief than taking vitamin E alone.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Taking vitamin E by mouth seems to reduce anxiety, cravings and depression in some women with PMS.
Symptoms of menopause
Early evidence suggests that vitamin E may reduce hot flashes in postmenopausal women.
For face and body!
It has been scientifically proven that regular use of vitamin E improves skin texture and removes various damage. It is therefore not surprising that this vitamin is the main ingredient in skin and hair care cosmetics.
The main skin moisturizer
Vitamin E oil is known as an excellent skin moisturizer and is recommended instead of various other preparations that also contain chemical compounds, but after a certain time they can damage the skin's natural moisturizing layer. In addition, vitamin E contains antioxidants, which is an additional plus for the skin. However, it is not recommended to apply pure vitamin E oil on the skin because it is best combined, and in equal proportions, with some other oil, before bed because it will deeply regenerate the skin.
An ally against skin aging
As the skin ages naturally, collagen production decreases, leading to a decrease in skin elasticity and firmness. With poor nutrition, air pollution and exposure to racial chemicals, the skin progresses progressively and needs a powerful dose of antioxidants in the form of vitamin E. With regular use, the skin can be significantly rejuvenated - wrinkles are reduced, it looks softer and tighter.
Despite warnings about the harmfulness of excessive sun exposure, many of us don’t care too much about it, so sunburns are an integral part of our vacation.
Apply vitamin E oil to the damaged part of the skin and it will repair the damage to the epidermis and ‘cure’ your ailments. For best results, apply the oil twice a day.
Treatment against dark spots / pigmentation
Pigmentation spots on the body, most often on the hands and face, can be the result of various influences - free radicals, accelerated aging, liver problems… Vitamin E with its powerful antioxidants is very successful in eliminating and preventing these problems. By applying it to the stain, you will improve cell regeneration and lighten dark spots.
Apply a few drops of this oil on the pad and you will get a universal facial cleanser - for all skin types.
Not only will it alleviate the tiny wrinkles visible around the eyes, but it will also thoroughly remove make-up!
In addition to speeding up the circulation of the scalp, the oil improves the texture and quality of hair, so it is widely used in treatments against hair loss and other problems.
Stimulates hair growth
We have already pointed out that vitamin E oil is extremely rich in antioxidants, which improves the immune system and blood circulation in cells throughout the body, including the scalp. Good circulation is a real stimulator of healthy and lush hair growth.
Prevents premature hair aging
As it slows down the aging of cells in the body, vitamin E inevitably slows down the aging of hair. Thanks to antioxidants, it very successfully prevents hair breakage and gray hair.
For shiny hair
With regular treatment of hair with vitamin E oil, it becomes shinier and more beautiful after a short time. Therefore, it is recommended to massage the scalp at least once a week with this rich oil that will deeply hydrate the scalp, but also the hair from the roots to the very tips. In this way, you will restore the lost shine of your hair and at the same time stimulate the production of sebum, which is responsible for the luxurious hair on your head.
Restores cracked tops
What about the sun, wind, constant drying, twisting or ironing… hair suffers from various damages, so nothing suits her more than a vitamin E treatment that will instantly repair all the damage!
How much vitamin E do you need?
If your diet is not low in fat, you’re probably getting enough vitamin E. But smoking, air pollution, and even exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays can deplete your body’s vitamin stores.
According to the National Institutes of Health, teens and adults should receive about 15 mg of vitamin E daily. Pregnant women should get the same. Breastfeeding women should increase their intake to 19 mg.
For children, the NIH recommends 4-5 mg for infants, 6 mg for children 1 to 3 years of age, 7 mg for children 4 to 8 years of age, and 11 mg for those 9 to 13 years of age.
You do not need capsules or oil to get vitamin E. Many processed foods, especially grains and juices, are fortified with vitamin E. It is also found naturally in many foods, including:
- Vegetable oils such as wheat germ, sunflower and saffron oils are among the best sources of vitamin E. Corn and soybean oils also provide a portion of vitamin E.
- Nuts (such as peanuts, hazelnuts, and especially almonds) and seeds (such as sunflower seeds) are also among the best sources of vitamin E.
- Green vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli, provide little vitamin E.
- Food companies add vitamin E to some breakfast cereals, fruit juices, margarines and spreads, and other foods. To find out which contain vitamin E, check the product labels
- avocado and other fats
What happens if you don't get enough vitamin E?
Vitamin E deficiency is very rare in healthy people. It is almost always associated with certain diseases in which fat is not digested and absorbed properly. Examples include Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis, and certain rare genetic diseases such as abetalipoproteinemia and vitamin E deficiency ataxia (AVED). Vitamin E needs a little fat for the digestive system to absorb it.
Vitamin E deficiency can cause nerve and muscle damage resulting in loss of sensation in the arms and legs, loss of control of body movements, muscle weakness, and vision problems. Another sign of deficiency is a weakened immune system.
The paradox of vitamin E.
The rush to supplement our diet with antioxidants, including vitamin E, may not be the best way to act. Some experts claim that taking large doses of any antioxidant has no real preventive or therapeutic value if you do not have a vitamin E deficiency.
Caution is never enough
Excessive intake of vitamin E through daily foods is almost impossible. However, people who take vitamin E in the form of dietary supplements must be careful. It has anticoagulant action, so its large doses enhance the action of anticoagulant drugs and create a risk for internal bleeding. In addition, dietary supplements with vitamin E may affect the effect of chemotherapy, and its long-term use in larger quantities increases the risk of prostate cancer and heart failure. So, if you are taking medication, be sure to consult your doctor before taking vitamin E as a dietary supplement.
La PIEL products in which one of the ingredients is vitamin E:
Sugar BABE - For incredibly soft, nourished, smooth and fragrant skin. It restores its surface layer and thus helps with ingrown hairs, smaller stretch marks and smaller scars.
"KISS ME" Lip Balm - A natural formula enriched with vitamins and nutrients.