Do you know the difference between a water-soluble vs a fat- soluble vitamin? The major difference is a water-soluble can dissolve in water, and a fat soluble cannot. The core vitamins we eat deliver vital nutrients allowing our bodies to benefit from them and help keep out harmful diseases. One of the best vitamins that is rich in its own oils and known to be used to beautify your skin & hair, is Vitamin E!
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that acts as an antioxidant, helping protect cells from damage throughout your body. Vitamin E is also a nutrient that the body cannot make on its own. It comes from certain foods, such as nuts, seeds, and supplements.
Some foods that are high in Vitamin E are:
- Wheat Germ Oil
- Sunflower Seeds (and it’s oil)
- Almonds (and it’s oil)
- Hazelnut (and it’s oil)
- Pine Nuts
- Goose Meat
- Atlantic Salmon
- Rainbow Trout
- Raw Red Sweet Pepper
- Brazil Nuts
- Raw Turnip Greens
- Olive oil
The body stores vitamin E in the skin, in both the outer epidermis and the deeper dermis layers. This is one reason why many skin care products contain vitamin E. It’s also found stored in our sebum (skin oil), which creates a natural barrier to keep moisture in your skin. There is experimental evidence that the sebaceous glands and sebum serve as a transport mechanism taking the lipophilic antioxidant vitamin E from the blood to the skin surface.
Sebum, along with Vitamin E levels, naturally declines with age. Vitamin E is also depleted by ultraviolent sources like:
- Tanning beds
- Some fluorescent, halogen and incandescent light bulbs
It is imperative for individuals who have dry skin to incorporate Vitamin E in their skin care routines daily. Vitamin E enhances moisturization overall by locking in the moisture and strengthening the skin barrier function.
In addition, Vitamin E oil can be used on your face as an overnight anti-aging treatment. Since vitamin E has a thick consistency, it’s best to apply it before bed so that it can fully absorbed.
Last but not least, always keep in mind adults should get at least 15 milligrams a day of vitamin E, which is easy to achieve in a well-balanced diet.
Stay happy and healthy! 😊