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:
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.
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