8 Surprising Vitamin E Oil Benefits for Face and Skin

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Vitamin E is vital for the healthy functioning of your body’s organs and your skin is your body’s largest organ! Vitamin E oil keeps your skin soft and youthful while offering powerful protection from free radical damage.

If you take a look at the ingredient labels on your personal care products, you’ll see vitamin E listed on most of them.

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin and in its natural form, a powerful antioxidant which makes it super important for your skin. This vitamin helps to reduce free radical damage, inside your body and on your skin – double plus good! – and naturally slows the aging process.

Your skin’s ability to  produce free radical neutralizing antioxidants, weakens as you get older. And in times of stress your skin actually produces PROOXIDANTS. Yikes!

Your skin contains more vitamin E than any other nutrient, but only if you’re obtaining sufficient amounts from dietary sources. If your diet isn’t full of vitamin E rich foods then a topical application of vitamin E oil can boost your skin’s levels of this important nutrient.

Vitamin E oil is readily absorbed by the epidermis layer of your skin where it works to reverse damage and speed up cell regeneration.

Vitamin E also supports elastin and collagen production, keeping your skin firm and smooth and with less visible age spots and wrinkles.

Exposure to pollutants is a fact of life for most of us, and vitamin E comes to the rescue here, helping to protect your skin from cigarette smoke, chlorine and flouride in tap water, exhaust fumes, and UV damage from sunlight. This natural powerhouse assists in the treatment of acne (and improves the appearance of acne scars) eczema and wrinkles. It’s a potent weapon in your skin care armory that keeps your skin healthy, vibrant and full of youthful elasticity.

Ensuring that you eat plenty of vitamin E rich foods (or supplements) allows this vitamin to work miracles on your inner health, providing a wide range of health benefits and stimulating the processes that give you supple, strong, hydrated skin.  

Apply Vitamin E oil topically to have nourished, soothed, bright, glowing skin, free from spots and blemishes and protected from the ravages of pollutants. You can use the oil from vitamin E gel caps on your skin although that can work out to be pretty expensive, if you use a quality supplement instead of the cheaper brands. You can also buy bottles of vitamin E oil online, and soap making supply companies are hands down the most cost effective source.

Vitamin E is found in many foods:

  • Nuts
  • Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Fruits
  • Wheat germ oil
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Liver
  • Cold-pressed vegetable oils, including olive, corn, safflower, soybean, cottonseed, and canola
  • Avocado
  • Almonds
  • Yams

It’s also available in supplement form as gel caps, tablets and capsules. The Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine recommends an upper tolerable intake level for vitamin E at 1,000 mg (1,500 IU) per day for supplemental vitamin E. Because vitamin E is an effective blood thinner, people who take aspirin should talk to their doctor before taking vitamin E supplements.

BUT the type of vitamin E supplement or oil that you use is important.

Naturally occurring vitamin in wholesome food is comprised of 8 different compounds. Four tocopherols and four tocotrienols. But the majority of synthetic vitamin E supplements and oils consist of just one of the 8 compounds – alpha-tocopherol. Research studies that evaluate vitamin E, typically only look at the results from that one single compound, and not the whole spectrum of compounds that make up vitamin E.

If you’re serious about benefiting from vitamin E, then this is one supplement that you absolutely can’t skimp on. Tocotrienols cost a lot more than the inferior alpha-tocopherol but there is research to show that the extra cost is worth the investment.

And not only do you miss out on the superior benefits of tocotrienols when you supplement with the alpha-tocopherol form of vitamin E you could actually be causing damage. If you take high levels of synthetic alpha-tocopherol, it can actually deplete the beneficial, complete vitamin E that you obtain from your diet.

Compared to tocopherols, tocotrienols boat 40 to 60 times more antioxidation properties in cellular systems.

1. Vitamin E and Psoriasis

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Unlike people with healthy skin, those suffering from psoriasis have been found to have lower than normal levels of vitamin E and other antioxidants and abnormally high levels of oxidative stress.

Psoriasis manifests as silvery, scaly patches that may appear anywhere on the body, but most commonly affect the scalp, arms, knees, ears, legs, elbows and back.

In one research study, 58 subjects with erythrodermic or arthropathic psoriasis and high levels of oxidative stress, were given either a supplement comprising vitamin E (50mg), coenzyme Q10 and selenium or a placebo (sugar pill) for one month. After one month, the patients receiving the vitamin E, coQ10 and selenium showed a significant improvement in the severity of their psoriasis which was associated with a lowering of their oxidative stress levels.

The recommended daily intake for adults in the USA is 15mg per day, the therapeutic levels in clinical studies have been much higher, with the levels used between 50 and 400 mg per day.

In the USA the Food and Nutrition Board have set the upper daily limit of vitamin E at a dose of 1000 milligrams due to stroke risk. However in the UK the National Health Service advises that 540 milligrams or less is usually safe.

Psoriasis is associated with inflammation, and one Italian study found that an increased intake of tomatoes, carrots, and fresh fruit appeared to be protective against psoriasis, possibly due to their antioxidant levels.

Vitamin E oil containing tocotrienols should be mixed with a carrier oil before applying to inflamed skin. Jojoba oil is the best carrier to use as it the oil with the closest structural make up to the skin’s natural sebum. Use one tablespoon of carrier oil with the oil from one vitamin E capsule, or one teaspoon of vitamin E oil. Apply to the skin and gently massage in. Leave for 20 minutes then rinse off with warm water.

2. Improve The Appearance Of UV induced Wrinkles and Sunburn With All Natural Vitamin E Oil

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Prolonged sun exposure is a well known cause of premature aging and wrinkles. Years ago, ladies of the leisure kept their skin out of the sun. They knew how damaging the skin was to their complexion. I challenge you to find a painting of a ‘lady’ from the last century or earlier that didn’t have flawless porcelain white skin. Wrinkled sun damaged skin was the preserve of peasant women, who had no choice but to toil all day long in the sunlight. Sun exposure among the people who had a choice about these matters wasn’t popularized until Coco Chanel made suntans de rigeur. Coco Chanel, concocted some delicious perfumes, but she didn’t know about sun damage and skin care!

Unlike normal skin aging, photoaging is caused by too much exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. UV radiation is responsible for the increase in free radicals and reactive oxygen species in the different layers of the skin, which cause cellular damage, speed up the aging process and increase skin cancer risk. Vitamin E in the form of tocotrienol is able to counteract free radical damage from sun exposure.

A double-blind placebo-controlled study showed a significant reduction of DNA damage, 3 months after a daily dose of 160 mg of tocotrienol, showing that tocotrienols have the potential for maintaining cellular health.

Skin with optimum levels of vitamin E absorbs UVB radiation which is responsible for sunburn and skin aging. Research shows that vitamin E taken in conjunction with vitamin C may increase the amount of time it takes for unprotected skin to burn, so it has a protective effect.

This doesn’t mean that you can forego sunscreen – vitamin E only has a sun protection factor of 3 – just that eating a diet high in vitamin E rich foods, taking a quality supplement, or using tocotrienol rich vitamin E oil topically, can give your skin added protection.

Studies also show that the application of topical vitamin E can reduce the severity of sunburn, decreasing swelling and redness. Vitamin E oil should be applied within 8 hours of sun exposure to counter the damage and inflammation inflicted by UV induced free radicals.

How to use vitamin E to prevent wrinkles

  1. Cleanse skin with a mild cleanser, then rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  2. Use the oil from 2 capsules of vitamin E or, 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil.
  3. Gently apply the oil with your fingertips. Massage well into the wrinkled skin for 3 minutes.
  4. Leave overnight, then wash face as normal the next morning and follow your normal skincare routine.
  5. Vitamin E oil can be used to treat wrinkles around the eyes but you should take care to keep it from getting into your eyes.

You can also use a vitamin E mask to help prevent wrinkles and nourish the skin.

You’ll need

  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 2 teaspoons rosewater
  • 1 teaspoon of Kasturi Turmeric (not regular turmeric which will stain your skin)
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Mix the ingredients together and apply to your skin. Leave for 20 minutes, then wash off, pat skin dry and moisturize of necessary. This mask can be used daily.

Another anti wrinkle treatment uses avocado for its fatty acids, Vitamin E and rich moisturizing properties. This mask also improves the appearance of enlarged pores.

You’ll need

  • The pulp of one avocado, blended into a smooth paste
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil

Mix the ingredients together and apply to your skin with your fingertips. Leave to work for 30 minutes then, rinse with warm water. Pat skin dry and apply moisturizer of necessary.

Argan oil is a potent anti aging oil and is loaded with healing antioxidants, fatty acids, minerals and vitamins A and E. The addition of orange peel gives this skin treatment a boost of vitamin C and helps to remove dead skin cells and promote circulation which helps to minimize fine lines on the face and neck.

You’ll need

  • The peel of one orange, dried and ground to a powder.
  • I tablespoon Argan Oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil

Take 1 teaspoon of the orange powder and mix it with the Argan and vitamin oil. Apply to your skin, paying particular attention to already wrinkled areas. Use small circular motions to massage the gentle exfoliator over your skin. Leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse with water and pat skin dry.

Use this exfoliating cleanser 3 times a week, for visibly fresher looking skin.

3. Prevent and Diminish Stretch Marks With Vitamin E Oil

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Topical vitamin E oil should be used regularly to maintain the skin’s elasticity and prevent stretch marks. Once stretch marks have appeared however, you can still reduce their appearance and promote the regeneration of healthy skin cells with regular spot application of vitamin E oil.

Simply break open a capsule of vitamin E oil (tocotrienol is the best kind) and rub into the affected skin. You can also add vitamin E oil to skin creams and lotions.

4. Sunlight Protection and Skin Cancer Benefits

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Photodermatitis is an allergic reaction to the sun’s UV rays. A clinical trial found that supplementation with vitamin E and vitamin C significantly reduced the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight when compared with a placebo.

This research lends support to the ability of vitamin E to protect skin exposed to sunlight.

Furthermore, a study has shown that tocotrienols have the ability to act on key proteins within skin cancer – melanoma – and cause cell death, helping to prevent skin cancer growth.

Vitamin E oil can reduce sunlight sensitivity in allergic individuals.

5. Vitamin E and Dermatitis

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Vitamin E has successfully treated dermatitis. A research study found that a daily dose of 268 milligrams of vitamin E for 8 months, resulted in significant improvement in itching, redness and eczematous lesions.

Your dermatitis can benefit from a topical application of vitamin E too.

Make a dermatitis treatment oil with natural vitamin E and coconut oil.

Coconut oil is a natural anti-inflammatory which reduces skin inflammation and provides deep moisturizing to dry, irritated skin. It absorbs deeply into skin where it works as an emollient to soften brittle, dry skin.

Coconuts medium-chain fatty acids can penetrate cell membranes and support connective tissue.

You’ll need

  • One tablespoon of coconut oil
  • One vitamin e capsule or teaspoon of vitamin E oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil

Add one vitamin E oil capsule to coconut oil and hold in your palms for a minute to turn the coconut oil to a liquid. Add the lavender essential oil to the mix and then apply to the affected skin. You can apply this treatment daily.

6. Vitamin E Lightens Dark Skin Spots

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Dark patches or spots on the skin are caused by a number of factors. Aging, poor liver function, free radical damage, etc. Vitamin E can help to lighten the skin and improve the appearance of these upsetting discolorations.

The antioxidants in vitamin E reduce the free radical damage that can cause hyperpigmentation and age spots.

Take one vitamin E capsule, break it open and mix with one tablespoon of your preferred carrier oil. Coconut oil or Argan oil are both good choices, but you could use olive oil if that’s what you have to hand. Apply the oil mix to your dark spots once a day until you see the skin begin to lighten.

7. Use Vitamin E Oil As A Facial Cleanser

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Vitamin E oil is an emollient and will remove dirt and grime from your skin, while maintaining your skin’s moisture balance, preventing dry skin issues. It’s an effective makeup remover and will lift away all traces of cosmetic products without stripping your skin of its natural oils.

Use a couple of drops of vitamin E oil on a cotton pad to wipe over your face. It will quickly remove even stubborn makeup like mascara and waxy eye pencil.

8. Moisturize With All Natural Vitamin E

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Vitamin E is a surprisingly effective moisturizer. It’s an oil soluble nutrient which means that it’s absorbed more deeply into your skin that water based lotions and creams.  Vitamin E prevents water loss from your skin and restores your skin’s natural oil balance.

Vitamin E is recommended for use on dry and or sensitive skin. Those with oily skin should choose a different moisturizer, as vitamin E can increase the chance of breakouts on already oily skin.

Use one capsule or teaspoon of vitamin E with a carrier oil of your choice, and apply to cleansed skin daily before going to bed. Leave on overnight, then follow your normal skincare routine in the morning.

Alternatively, add some vitamin E oil to this nourishing moisturizing skin conditioning mask.

You’ll need

  • The oil from 3 capsules or two teaspoons of vitamin E oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoon yogurt

Mix the ingredients together and apply to cleansed skin. Leave for 20 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.

You can use this treatment daily on very dry skin.

Pat a small amount of vitamin E oil, lightly onto the skin under and around your eyes to keep the skin there supple and strong, and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Vitamin E prevents the buildup of excess melanin production which prevents dark under eye circles from forming.

Smooth a dab of vitamin E oil onto lips to keep them supple, heal dry cracked skin and prevent sun damage.

Vitamin E oil is also the perfect treatment for dry and ragged cuticles. Just massage a small amount into the cuticle and leave for 20 minutes to penetrate deeply and soften the skin. You can also rub the oil into your nails where it will moisturize and help to prevent splits and breaks.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.