When something harmful or irritating affects a part of our body, there is a biological response to try to remove it. Inflammation can be uncomfortable, but it means that the body is starting to heal itself.
January 19, 2020
As modern Filipinas, we always battle through the day with our best face forward. It’s who we are, it’s what we do. But for us to be at our absolute best, health and skincare must be a priority.
That’s why vitamins for skin are so important because they help fend off the effects of toxins, pollution, and oxidative stress.
What is Oxidative Stress?
With the high levels of free radicals (atoms that damage cells) present in the environment such as pollution, cigarette smoke, and harsh UV rays, our bodies struggle to keep up.[i]
Oxidative stress[ii] happens when there is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants. If left unchecked, it may cause long term damage to cells and jumpstart rapid aging.
But did you know that you can help your body fight free radicals and slow down the signs of aging? With Vitamin E you can!
Benefits of Vitamin E for skin
Skin aging is part of the normal cycle of your body. Normally, your skin starts to show signs of aging around age 35.
But because of the free radicals present almost everywhere, skin aging can manifest as early as 25.[iii]
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that fights off free radicals and also boost your immune system[iv]. Although committing to a healthy lifestyle can slow down your body’s aging process, adding Vitamin E to your daily routine will not only give that desired youthful glow, but it will also boost your immunity!
So, what are the other benefits of taking Vitamin E every day?
1. Lowers risk of acquiring skin cancer
Did you know that the leading cause of skin cancer is overexposure to the sun’s harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays? It generates free radicals that destroys your cells and even your skin’s DNA.
By getting your daily dose of Vitamin E, you can help protect your skin against those harmful rays! It absorbs the energy from UV light and contains potent anti-inflammatory properties.[v]
2. Prevents appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
Everyday, we battle with pollution and the blistering heat, exposing us to harmful free radicals that speeds up our skin’s aging process.
However, since Vitamin E is an antioxidant that neutralizes damage-causing free radicals, you can keep those wrinkles and fine lines at bay.
3. Keeps you skin hydrated
Since the Philippines is a tropical country, having patchy and dry skin is nothing new.
However, Vitamin E can help lock in moisture in your skin, keeping it healthy, protected and young-looking.[vi]
4. Promotes faster wound healing
The presence of free radicals can hamper your body’s natural healing process. Including Vitamin E in your daily regime can stimulate cell regeneration in the affected area and make your scars fade faster.
5.Boosts your immune system
Looking young is not enough--you also need to feel young! Taking Vitamin E can boost your immunity against common illnesses and serious diseases.
1 Eucerin. Understanding Skin Aging. https://int.eucerin.com/skin-concerns/aging-skin/in-general
2 Medical News Today. How does oxidative stress affect the body? https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324863.php
3 Eucerin. Understanding Skin Aging. https://int.eucerin.com/skin-concerns/aging-skin/in-general
4 Medline Plus. Vitamin E. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002406.htm
5 Skin Cancer Foundation. Can Your Diet Help Prevent Skin Cancer? https://www.skincancer.org/blog/can-your-diet-help-prevent-skin-cancer/
6 Theraderm. The Importance of Moisturizing. https://theraderm.net/more-from-the-skinny/the-importance-of-moisturizing.html