Certain nutrients are essential to achieving and maintaining healthy skin. Of these, vitamin E is without doubt one of the superheroes.
This fat-soluble vitamin, which can do its magic from both inside and outside the body, boasts a long list of health benefits. Apart from playing an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system, keeping the body’s cells healthy, and preventing blood from clotting, it’s also a real boon to the skin.
If the health of your skin and preventing premature ageing is important to you, you’ll be interested in these facts:
– We’re exposed to free radicals in the environment from cigarette smoke, air pollution and ultraviolet light from the sun. Free radicals are also formed as a result of normal body processes. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps to reduce the damaging effects of free radicals, both in the skin and on the surface of the skin. In this way, it protects against the oxidation of skin cells and ageing.
– Vitamin E may help to protect against deadly skin cancer. In some studies, the vitamin was shown to reduce suppression of the immune system, which often occurs as a result of too much exposure to sunlight. Other studies have shown that applying vitamin E to the skin can limit the production of cancer-causing cells.
– The vitamin is reported to improve skin elasticity, and forms a protective barrier on the skin when used topically (i.e. in a night cream or moisturiser.