Q: What role does vitamin E play in skin care? Should I apply vitamin E oil directly to my skin? Should I take a supplement?
MyChelle Dermaceuticals licensed esthetician Catie Wiggy responds:
A: Vitamin E is an antioxidant that works to protect cells—including skin cells—from the damaging effects of free radicals. Found naturally in many foods, such as avocados, nuts and vegetable oil, vitamin E is important to include in your daily diet—for overall health and to help protect the health and appearance of your skin.
You can absolutely apply pure vitamin E topically, but for best results look for products that not only contain vitamin E but other ingredients that benefit skin. MyChelle offers high levels of vitamin E in the following products: The Perfect C Serum, Pumpkin Renew Cream, Deep Repair Cream and Serious Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum just to name a few.
If you’re not getting enough vitamin E in your diet, you can always try taking a vitamin E supplement such as Vitacost Natural Vitamin E or Vitacost Vitamin E & Tocotrienol Complex. This will help ensure you’re getting the proper amount internally as well as externally.
Catie Wiggy is Innovative Programs Manager for MyChelle Dermaceuticals. She has been working in the skincare industry for over 10 years as a makeup artist and licensed esthetician. She holds several certifications in esthetics and has hands-on experience with chemical peels, microdermabrasions, acne management and anti-aging treatments.