If you’re looking for a way to boost your skincare routine, you have probably heard about the benefits of Vitamin E: it keeps your skin moisturized, protects your skin from sun damage, and can help heal scars and burns.
Maybe you’ve picked up a new Vitamin E product and want to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. If you’re new to the world of Vitamin E, here’s all you need to know on how to use this powerful vitamin correctly.
1. Test Before Applying
While Vitamin E cream is generally considered safe, it might not be a good fit for you if you’re prone to breakouts or have highly sensitive skin. It’s always a good idea to test out a new product before you apply it to your entire face and Vitamin E is no different.
An easy way to test a new product is to take a small amount and apply it to the back of your hand or the inside of your wrist before you go to bed. Check that area of your skin in the morning. If you don’t see any redness or rashes, and the area isn’t itchy, then it’s probably safe to use on your face.
2. Apply To Damp Skin
Moisturizers tend to work better when your skin is still slightly damp because damp skin holds on to other moisture more easily than dry skin. Applying your product to damp skin will help the Vitamin E absorb more quickly than if your face is completely dry.
Plus, Vitamin E helps lock moisture into your skin, so having a bit of water on your face actually gives the Vitamin E moisture to work with. An easy way to make sure your skin is damp enough is to apply your Vitamin E product after your shower. You can also take care to not over-dry your face when you’re patting it with your towel after washing.
3. Use It Twice A Day
Applying Vitamin E both in the morning and at night helps you get the most benefit from this powerful antioxidant. Using Vitamin E in the morning can help supplement the protective nature of your sunscreen. Research has shown that Vitamin E may help prevent damage from UVA and UVB rays just like your sunscreen does. Give your skin extra protection from the sun by applying Vitamin E in the morning before your sunscreen.
Applying Vitamin E at night gives your skin the peace and quiet of your sleeping hours to absorb fully without being rubbed off by other products (or just from you touching your face). While you’re sleeping, the Vitamin E can help build up your skin barrier, which helps you retain moisture and wake up looking your best.
4. Pair It With Other Products
It turns out that other vitamins can enhance the power of your Vitamin E products, particularly Vitamin C. That’s because Vitamin C can take oxidised Vitamin E and return it to its unoxidised form. This helps Vitamin E stay on your skin longer.
Also, Vitamin C and Vitamin E combined provide extra protection from sun damage as Vitamin C protects well against UVA radiation while Vitamin E is effective against UVB radiation. Finally, adding Vitamin C to the mix improves Vitamin E’s ability to fight hyperpigmentation (those stubborn dark spots on your skin). It turns out that two really are better than one.
Vitamin E is a powerful tool to use for healthy, glowing, youthful skin. By applying these tips, you’ll be able to reap all of the benefits of adding Vitamin E to your skincare routine.