Vitamin E, a fat-soluble vitamin, is an important free radical scavenger that works to prevent damage to the cell membrane, which is one of the vital structures to which free radicals produce their most damaging effects on your cells. Vitamin E is one of the most powerful antioxidants and has been shown to be beneficial in combating both heart disease and cancer.
Vitamin E, a potent antioxidant, has eight different forms, of which some are known for being excellent antioxidants when applied topically to skin, particularly alpha tocopherol and the tocotrienols.
Tocotrienols, the more powerful form of vitamin E, have the ability to completely disperse in a cell membrane and scoop up free radicals far more quickly than other forms. Research shows that tocotrienol-based preparations can make hair shinier, heal redness and scaling often seen in severely dry skin, and prevent fingernails from cracking and peeling.
These preparations will also probably make sunscreens more effective, while helping to fight off the inflammation caused by sunburn. Some studies have show that vitamin E’s anti-inflammatory action can kick in to reduce redness after sun exposure. There is also less swelling of the skin, less destruction of lipids, and fewer sunburn cells. Vitamin E also plays a role in protecting the skin from aging damage caused by the sun when used in combination with Vitamin C in sun block. However, there must be a high concentration of both vitamins in the skin to withstand the barrage of free radicals created by sunlight.
As vitamin E is a soothing anti-inflammatory, it is also a marvelous emollient, preventing transepidermal water loss, so it’s often included in moisturizing products. Vitamin E is also stable in water, which makes it easier to use in products.