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Vitamin E: Protecting Your Skin From Free Radical Damage

For centuries, Vitamin E has been used as an antioxidant to help maintain a youthful glow, by protecting cells from the damage caused by free radicals. As the body ages, it tends to lose its ability to fight the effects of free radicals, causing more damage to these cells and our skin's support structure.

So, what are free radicals and where do they come from?

Free radicals are produced from a variety of different places, with carcinogenic free radicals being the main culprit linked to skin health. This then leads to degenerative processes, as well as “normal” ageing.

Unfortunately, exposing our skin to carcinogens is unavoidable in this day and age, but that isn’t to say we are unable to protect our skin from the damage they cause. Some examples of everyday carcinogens you are most likely to be exposed to include;

  • Ultraviolet radiation

  • Tobacco smoke

  • Air pollution

All of these cause stress and damage to the cells in your skin, resulting in an ageing complexion and overall diminished skin health.

It’s not just any another nutrient…

Used in dermatology for more than 50 years, Vitamin E is an important fat-soluble antioxidant which protects the skin from free radical damage. It also holds a whole host of benefits used to defend the skin against inflammation, sun damage and ageing.

In 2004, a scientific study* published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology demonstrated how Vitamin E is ‘effective’ at reducing dark under-eye circles and wrinkles. This remarkable nutrient isn't necessarily just another single vitamin, but rather a group of fat-soluble vitamins with antioxidant effects.

Vitamin E can also help to maintain healthy eyes and a good head of hair by improving scalp circulation and balancing out the hair’s natural oils.

How can you protect your skin from free radical damage?

Our bodies natural defences rely on nutrients and vitamins to repair and protect. Ensuring you are providing your body with all of the essential nutrients and antioxidants it needs to fight against free radicals, is a great way to help in the prevention of carcinogenic skin damage.

Our bodies natural antioxidants are concentrated in the sebum, a substance produced by oil glands, as well as in the membranes of skin cells and the lipid-based “glue” that holds them together.

Vitamin E is uniquely positioned to maintain the integrity and beauty of skin complexion. By both consuming foods loaded with this particular nutrient and supplementing Vitamin E, you are actively protecting and nourishing your skin.

Although the body produces antioxidants itself, it does not produce sufficient quantities alone. Often, those who struggle to maintain a healthy, balanced diet rich in antioxidants, will find it difficult to ensure they are getting their recommended daily intake to support their bodies natural defences in fighting against signs of ageing.


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