Pricey cosmetics don’t always mean great results. To find a great product, you need to know what to look for. If you are looking for something hydrating that can help you skin stand the test of time, look for vitamin E.
Vitamin E is great for you from your dry scalp to your rough heels so start using it if you don’t already! It will improve your looks and your health, inside and out. It is never too soon to start thinking about anti-aging product because, of course, you need to start using them before you actually start seeing the signs of aging.
Start reading the labels on your creams and serums along with your food and your body will thank you for it later. Vitamin E is thought to be the most important antioxidant around so think about it next time you are worried about wrinkles and photodamage.
Ditch the specialty products
Skin brightening creams are great, especially during the dry winter months but vitamin E can be a cheaper and easier solution. Just rub a little bit of vitamin E oil where you would normally use a brightening cream and it will help to repair dull and damaged tissue.
The same goes for cuticle creams, heel softeners, and any other heavy duty moisturizer. Before you make a major investment, try a little vitamin E oil on whatever ails you.
A little vitamin goes a long way
A little vitamin also goes a long way on your hair! Many studies have shop that vitamin E oil can increase the blood circulation on your scalp. Keep in mind that you will only be getting a short term boost so it is best to apply regularly.
If you are in the mood for some pampering, heat up a bit of vitamin E oil and massage it into your scalp. It is super relaxing and great for your skin. If you are always dealing with dandruff or hair that never seems to grow, this could be exactly what you need.
But don’t stop at your scalp! You can apply the oil directly to your brittle ends. Like any oil, moderation is key so just use a dab and work it through your ends.
The rest of you needs vitamins, too
Looking great today is definitely a good thing and so is preventing wrinkles and age spots in the future but there is more to think about! Don’t just focus on getting your vitamins externally because it won’t do much for your future health.
Get a good dose of vitamin E every day to help prevent heart disease, cancer, cataracts, and your risk of having a stroke. And don’t worry, my impatient friends, actually ingesting these vitamins will give you results in the very near future as well.
Work from the inside out
The best way that you can get a dose of vitamin E is directly. Creams, serums, and all things cosmetic can be fantastic but keep in mind that this is an essential vitamin for your body. Women over 14 years old should aim to get 15 mg of vitamin E every day.
It really isn’t difficult to up your intake and you are likely getting a decent dose already so just keep your eye out for foods rich in vitamin e.
The good news is that a lot of the foods rich in vitamin E are delicious and you don’t need to eat much of them to get a major benefit. You only need about 50 grams of sunflower seeds or almonds to get 100% of your daily vitamin E dose. More or less, that is only about two small handfuls. You need a few more peanuts (about 200 grams to get 100% of your daily needs) but they can be another easy way to boost your intake.
If you don’t like nuts, go for something spicy. Add a bit of paprika or chili powder to your food for an instant vitamin E kick. You can also find tons of cereals that are fortified with the good stuff.
When you are cooking, look for cottonseed and safflower oil. These oils will give you an easy way to infuse all of your foods with a bit of vitamin E. Love pizza? Ask for extra tomato paste! A quarter cup of the stuff will give you 2.8 mg of vitamin E.
An average sized avocado will also give you another 4.2 mg of vitamin E. Sure, they are high in fat so try just eating half then making a hair mask with the other half!
Too much of a good thing
Vitamin supplements are a great and simple way to get a quick dose of everything that you need but be careful with them! People who take natural or synthetic doses of vitamin E that are over 400 IU per day have an increased risk of a huge range of health issues.
Keep your eye on the side of your supplement bottles to make sure that you aren’t doing more harm than good.
Get back what you lose
If you ever feel dirty and coated with a bit of film after a long day out in the city, there is probably a reason for it. Air pollution can wreak havoc on your skin and body. The ozone in the air can actually reduce your body’s level of vitamin E so keep that in mind if you live in a heavily polluted area.
The reality of the hype
There is a huge section of vitamin infused creams out there. Some of them are fantastic but some of them don’t quite live up to the hype.
Vitamin E has been touted as the miracle cure for scars for a while not but that might not quite be true. Many studies have shown that vitamin E creams do little to nothing to actually speed up healing time or improve the later look of scars. The general consensus is: it probably won’t hurt but it’s not too likely to help.
In better news, vitamin E can be great for sun expose. Most dermatologists believe that it will reduce the damage you could potentially get from the sun and prevent some future wrinkles. It will also take away some of the redness after prolonged sun exposure so keep some handy for your next sunburn.
For an extra boost, try combining vitamins E and C. Vitamin C has been shown to increase the effectiveness of vitamin so they are one of the best anti-aging duos around.
Finding the right capsule of youth and beauty
The walls of vitamins and supplements in the typical health store are enough to give you vertigo so come prepared! Know what to look for and be able to recognize what is a waste of time and money.
If you are looking for pure vitamin e, you can go for either a capsule or pure oil. The form you choose doesn’t much matter.
You are going to see products that contain D-alpha tocopherol as well as D1–alpha tocopherol. Pay attention to the “1” because that is important. When you see D-alpha tocopherol (without the “1”), you are looking at pure vitamin E oil. It’s natural and hasn’t been changed or altered in anyway. Stay away from the synthetic D1 variety. All of the fillers that have been added will do nothing for your skin.
The best DIY cream
All you need to do to get a great vitamin E cream is open up the capsule. Make sure that you use a clean pin to open it. Just clean off your needle with some rubbing alcohol. Create a tiny opening then squeeze the contents onto your finger. Apply it generous to get a real effect.
Coconut oil is one of vitamin E’s best matches and a great mixer if you don’t like the oily feel that you get from the capsules. If you have a miniature jam jar (the individual size you find in hotels and restaurants) or some proper cosmetic containers, you can create your wonder cream. Fill the jar with coconut oil then heat it up just enough to melt it. Add three capsules of vitamin E and blend.
The easy way
If you don’t want to deal with capsules and oils, look for a good vitamin cream. Now you know that vitamin C will help vitamin E work better so look for a combo or multi mix.
Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Night Cream will give your skin a kick of vitamins B, C, and E so you will wake up with amazing skin. The Body Shop has a line of both vitamin C and vitamin E products so you can mix and match. If you tend to have oily, acne-prone skin you can add a bit more vitamin C and lower the vitamin E dose. Aveeno Active Naturals Smart Essentials Nighttime Moisture Infusion is another good way to get a boost of vitamins A, C and E.
Timing is everything
The time of day that you apply any cream is going to make a huge difference in how well it works. Before bed is always the best time to treat your skin because you will have the highest level of absorption then.
If you move around too much around bedtime, apply it right after you shower. Leave your skin just slightly damp then rub it on. All of your pores are open after a hot shower so it’s just as good as a night cream.