Vitamin E could be the ingredient your skincare routine is missing. Here’s everything you need to know about the it.
Commonly listed as tocopherol or tocopheryl acetate on ingredient lists, vitamin E is actually found in a lot of skincare products. The reason? It has a wide range of properties, from shielding skin against damaging environmental factors to soothing and moisturising irritated skin.
What is vitamin E and what are the skin benefits?
“Vitamin E is an excellent oil-soluble antioxidant in topical skincare. It can reduce the damage by harmful molecules known as free radicals which are generated by UV radiation from sunlight and pollution.”
Which skin types are best suited to vitamin E?
“As vitamin E is an oil at room temperature, it is suitable for those who would like to incorporate an antioxidant into their routine with dry, very dry, or mature skin.”
Which skin types should avoid using vitamin E?
What are the different ways you can use vitamin E in your skincare routine?
Our picks of the best vitamin E skincare products
Best vitamin E cleanser: The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleanser
The Body Shop’s entire vitamin E range is a favourite, but this cleanser is one of its stand-outs. The creamy formula removes make-up and impurities without irritating skin. It also contains wheatgerm oil to leave your complexion feeling softer and bouncy to the touch.
Best vitamin E face cream: Superdrug Vitamin E SPF15 Moisturising Cream
Blended with naturally-sourced vitamin E to protect skin against environmental damage, this nourishing cream also contains vitamins A, B, F and H to make it particularly effective for dry skin. In fact, one Stylist contributor found it made a big difference to her eczema.
Best vitamin E face mask: Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask
This face mask combines the benefits of vitamin E with vitamins C and B5 to create a complexion-boosting cocktail. After cleansing, massage it onto damp skin and let it sit for 10 minutes before washing it off. The ingredients not only leave skin looking brighter, but natural AHA fruit acids provide gentle exfoliation, too.
Best vitamin E serum: Alpha H Vitamin E
This potent serum aids the skin’s natural defence barrier to shield skin from damaging free radicals. It utilises vitamin E’s calming properties and works to relieve irritated, dry, flaking or cracked skin.
Alpha H Vitamin E, £28.95
Best multi-vitamin serum: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum
A cult product for a reason, this SkinCeuticals serum combines 15% pure vitamin C with 1% vitamin E and 0.5% ferulic acid for an effective, protective veil on the skin against pollution, infared radiation and free radicals.
Best vitamin E lip balm: Dr Organic Vitamin E Lip Balm
The skin on your lips is very thin, meaning it’s important to protect it against drying environment factors and the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. Along with vitamin E, this lip balm contains organic shea butter and SPF to hydrate, condition and shield your lips.
Best vitamin E eye cream: CeraVe Eye Repair Cream
If you’re in the market for a new eye cream, make it this one. As well as an impressive line-up of vitamin E, ceramides and hyaluronic acid, the formula is fast-absorbing and non-greasy, meaning it sits well under make-up.
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