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The Benefits of Vitamin E

by Toni Olukiran

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Vitamin E supplements are increasingly popular as people look for ways to incorporate it into their skincare and health routine. So what exactly is vitamin E, what foods are naturally naturally rich in it, and what benefits are there in it? Read on to find out all things vitamin E.

What is vitamin E?

Vitamin E doesn’t just consist of a singular vitamin, but instead is actually a mix of eight different compounds. We should generally be able to get enough vitamin E through eating a varied and balanced diet.

Why do we need it?

Vitamin E promotes healthy skin, hair and nails, and protects the body against illness, infection. As a very powerful antioxidant, it can also significantly reduce cell damage from free radicals (like pollution or UV light).  

What foods are rich in vitamin E?

  • Plant oils (such as soya, sunflower and olive) 
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Nuts (almonds, hazelnuts and peanuts)
  • Avocado
  • Wheatgerm (found in cereal) 
  • Red peppers 

Is vitamin E good for skincare?

Vitamin E is frequently sought after in skincare formulas as it can help protect skin cells from damage and help minimise acne. It also helps reduce under eye circles, wrinkles, and promotes healthy hair and nails when applied directly. Some people have even swear by using vitamin E dietary supplements for skincare by opening the tablet and using the gel as a topical serum; it should be advised that you should ultimately consult a dermatologist before attempting this in case of reaction. If you think vitamin E may help you, it is best to find a serum like this one from the Body Shop that you can patch test (try on a small area of your skin and check you don’t have a reaction) before incorporating into a routine. 

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Toni Olukiran
by Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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