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Vitamin E

Vitamin E is recognised as one of the best antioxidants there is. It actively fights against the oxidation caused by free radicals, which accelerate the ageing of the skin. That’s our kind of antioxidant. So let’s celebrate this precious vitamin, and find out how best to use it.

THE EXACT ROLE OF VITAMIN E
Vitamin E protects the membranes of all the cells in our body. It helps fight the damage caused by oxygen from free radicals and it can also fight against inflammation, which is why it’s thought to protect against heart disease and cancer.

VITAMIN E AND THE SKIN
This skin saviour ensures the flexibility and fluidity of cell membranes and is critical in maintaining the suppleness and elasticity of the skin. It’s also a part of the essential anti-ageing molecules, and can protect against sun exposure and pollution. Plus it has a hydrating and nourishing action and helps microcirculation. Phew, that’s a lot of benefits. This is why you’ll see vitamin E in a large variety of oils and moisturisers for the face, as well as for the body, hair and nails. In fact, not taking on board enough vitamin E can cause acne.

VITAMIN E AND FOOD
The principal source of vitamin E is our food. It’s in grain, nut and seed oils, especially wheatgerm oil. If you’re on a weight-loss regime, be careful not to limit your consumption of vitamin E. Your skin will become dry and uncomfortable very quickly and fine lines will appear and deepen.

VITAMIN E IN SKINCARE
Not only does this wonder ingredient aid skin suppleness, protect against aging, soothe sensitive skin and repair damage caused by pollution, it also conserves creams and stops them from becoming rancid through oxidation! It can be formulated as an oil, cream, butter or balm: apply in the morning to nourish and protect and in the evening to soften and soothe. We don’t need to be told twice.

VITAMIN E: ANTIOXIDANT BENEFITS
The solution to fight free radicals which, when too numerous, attack your precious epidermis cells? Antioxidants, the beneficial molecules that stop oxidation and therefore premature skin aging.

The centre of attention: vitamin E, a natural antioxidant with anti aging virtues, which blocks the action of free radicals on the skin and offers skin protection by reducing cellular damage due to too much UV exposure.

Any other skin protection properties? This vitamin also contributes towards maintaining the skin's elasticity and hydration. It even offers anti inflammatory action (which is particularly welcome when you have sunburn!).

PLENTY OF VITAMIN E FOR SKIN THAT GLOWS
Beautiful skin begins on your plate, when it comes to nutrients and minerals. So, drizzle your dishes and salads with vegetable oils rich in vitamin E. The must-have products according to food and beauty enthusiasts are wheat germ oil, argan oil, sunflower oil and grapeseed oil.

You should also fill your shopping basket with varied fruit and vegetables, such as avocado, asparagus, spinach, berries and even dried fruit.

Meanwhile, opt for face care with formulas that include vitamin E. Whether in a serum or a cream, they will provide skin protection and fight environmental aggressors like pollution, tobacco and UV rays all day long. The result: younger looking skin.

Article supplied & written by Marie Claire, part of Hearst Communications, Inc.

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