This antioxidant vitamin is mainly known to protect formulas from oxidation, but it can also be added as an active ingredient. Let's discover together how to use vitamin E for skin and hair.
Vitamin E in Cosmetics.
Also known as tocopherol, vitamin E is a fat-soluble compound that is essential to the body but not produced by it on its own. It is found in certain foods, such as nuts and seeds as well as oily fish. Vitamin E is an antioxidant: it can limit the damage caused by free radicals to cells. The body stores vitamin E in the skin, both in the epidermis and in deeper layers such as the dermis, in the sebaceous glands. Vitamin E reaches the epidermis via the flow of sebum, an oily secretion that protects and lubricates the skin.
In cosmetic products, depending on its concentration, vitamin E is used as a preservative and/or active ingredient. The concentrations at which this molecule is regulated ensure its safety for human health. As a preservative, vitamin E is effective from 0.02%, it is allowed up to 0.2%. As an active ingredient, it can be introduced at a concentration ranging from 0.1 to 0.5%.
Vitamin E Benefits for Skin.
To regain a luminous complexion, it is beneficial to integrate vitamin E for skin and hair into your beauty routine. In addition, the use of vitamin E in skin application improves the skin's defenses against external aggressions that accelerate its aging. Vitamin E is not photosensitizing: it does not increase the skin's sensitivity to the sun. Thus, a care containing vitamin E can be used as well in the morning as during the day. In addition, a vitamin E treatment can be applied several times a day without any danger.
As an active ingredient, vitamin E is used in serums and creams, lip care products and cleansing gels. At Typology, vitamin E is present in many of our formulas as a preservative ingredient. It is the active molecule in the following three products:
Vitamin E+F 2.5% + Bitter Almond Extract is an antioxidant replenishing shower oil that restores suppleness to the epidermis and reduces feelings of tightness while delicately perfuming the skin with a light almond scent. In the shower, apply all over the body, then rinse.
The 5-vitamin firming & radiance complex is a serum that offers a dual preventive and corrective action on the appearance of the signs of aging and restores radiance and uniformity to the skin. It is used on clean, dry skin, morning and/or evening. Apply 3 to 4 drops of your serum on the face. Gently massage the face and neck with circular motions. Once the serum has penetrated, you can apply your daily moisturizer.
The tinted lip oil is enriched with squalane, plum oil and jojoba oil. It is available in 6 shades and allows to nourish and sublimate the lips. Dip the applicator in the bottle of tinted oil and pass it over the lips. Repeat as many times as desired during the day. In the evening, remove makeup with the makeup remover oil or our reusable makeup remover pads soaked in micellar water.
Vitamin E Benefits for Hair.
Vitamin E is beneficial for the overall health of the hair and scalp. It slows down the aging of hair fibers and protects them from external aggressions (pollution, sun, cigarettes…) that generate an overproduction of free radicals. This phenomenon called oxidative stress is a factor linked to the deterioration of hair fibers, the appearance of white hair or hair loss. Vitamin E neutralizes free radicals to prevent them from damaging the hair and to preserve a beautiful quality of hair as long as possible. In addition, when applied to the scalp, it is known to stimulate hair growth.
To take advantage of these benefits, you can apply this compound directly to your scalp after showering, but it should always be diluted in a carrier oil! For example, 2 to 3 drops of vitamin E in vegetable coconut oil can be a great treatment to stimulate hair growth. On the other hand, some hair care products (shampoos, masks, conditioners) already contain vitamin E, most often to protect the formulas from oxidation but also sometimes as an antioxidant active ingredient that protects the hair fibers.
Caution! Vitamin E is a potential irritant for those with sensitive scalps. It should only be used every other day to avoid irritation. As always, we recommend performing a skin tolerance test before applying vitamin E to your entire scalp. Apply a small amount of the treatment or your vitamin E + vegetable oil mixture to the crook of your elbow and wait 24 hours to see if there is any reaction.