Today’s skincare industry is constantly evolving, improving and innovating – sometimes, it seems there are so many new hero ingredients making their way into our beauty regimes, it can be hard to know which ones you really need.
That’s why we’re going back to basics with our Ingredients To Know series, where we take a deep-dive into some of the most impressive, trusted and proven skincare ingredients, helping you to simplify your skincare routine and deliver your skin exactly what it really needs – nothing more, nothing less.
This week, we’re placing at a long-loved skin nourisher under the microscope and asking, what can Vitamin E do for your skin?
The ELEMIS guide to Vitamin E skincare
WHAT IS VITAMIN E?
Vitamin E (which includes compounds called tocopherols) are fat-soluble vitamins used support proper function of many bodily processes. It’s found in abundance in certain foods – namely seeds, nuts and oils – and is often also taken in supplement form. It occurs naturally in human skin, but our internal levels are thought to decline with age.
WHAT CAN VITAMIN E DO FOR YOUR SKIN?
So, we know that Vitamin E is a vital ingredient for supporting the body’s everyday processes, but what can it do for our skin?
In skincare, Vitamin E is prized for its powerful antioxidant properties, meaning it makes a great ally in the fight against skin-damaging free radicals. No matter what your age, skin type or lifestyle, skincare that contains antioxidants could help benefit the long-term appearance of your skin.
By helping to neutralise free radicals that come into contact with the skin through our environment, Vitamin E can help to keep our complexion clear and bright, as well as offering some promising long-term benefits. By helping to keeping the effects of free-radicals at bay, it may help to reduce the appearance of future wrinkles and other signs of visible ageing such as age spots. And finally, this clever vitamin may help preserve your natural collagen levels over time, ensuring your face stays feeling as plump as it does today for longer.
This long-revered ingredient is also ideal for conditioning the skin in the short term – studies have shown it can help reduce trans-epidermal water loss, leaving you with higher natural moisture levels and softer, more supple-feeling skin.
THE BEST VITAMIN E SKINCARE – THE ELEMIS ANSWER.
So, we know that Vitamin E makes a great addition to any skincare routine – but where do we find it? ELEMIS has thought outside the box to bring you a new, world-exclusive source of Vitamin E in the Peptide 24/7 collection.
Night-Scented Stock Oil is one of nature’s most powerful known sources of Vitamin E – so powerful in fact, that the oil contained within the flower’s seeds has been shown to contain up to 10 times (yes 10!) the amount of Vitamin E compared to many other type of vegetable oil. We’ve worked closely with a specialist family-run farm in the British countryside to obtain an exclusive super-botanical extract for use in this revolutionary collection.
Night Scented Stock seeds are passed through a screw press where increased pressure and a temperature of up to 60°C causes the oil-bearing cells to rupture, releasing the oil. This method of extraction is 100 years old.
You likely already know about the collection’s debut product, Peptide4 Night Recovery Cream-Oil, which works in sync with the skin’s natural processes to help restore and replenish your complexion. And now we’re thrilled to introduce another Vitamin E-rich innovation to the Peptide 24/7 collection: Peptide4 Eye Recovery Cream. Specially formulated for the delicate skin around the orbital bone, this nourishing, lightweight cream is also rich in oils containing conditioning Vitamin E to bring new radiance to tired-looking eyes. Used together, they’re the perfect power couple.