Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that has been the subject of numerous studies due to its benefits for overall health and skincare. However, most studies on the skin absorption of vitamin E have been conducted with the acetate ester, which is not as effective as natural vitamin E.
The acetate ester of vitamin E has to be hydrolyzed by body enzymes before it becomes active, which slows down its penetration through the skin and reduces its efficacy. Furthermore, most studies have only evaluated alpha-tocopherol, one of the eight different forms of vitamin E. It is important to note that products that supply mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols are more effective in fighting a wide spectrum of harmful free radicals and reducing oxidative stress and inflammation.
While the amount of vitamin E absorbed in the skin is essential, the surface of the skin also plays a crucial role in the neutralization of free radicals caused by pollutants, radiation, and other factors. This is where natural (non-esterified) vitamin E functions more efficiently, with higher penetration and efficacy in the skin.
Dr. Andreas Papas, the author of The Vitamin E Factor, has conducted extensive research on the benefits of natural vitamin E for skincare. His works provide valuable insights into the use of vitamin E for maintaining healthy skin.
In conclusion, when selecting products that contain vitamin E, it is crucial to choose those that supply mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols and use natural vitamin E instead of the acetate ester. By doing so, one can reap the full benefits of this powerful antioxidant for overall health and skincare.
“One possibly crucial protective effect of vitamin E against the polyunsaturated fatty acids that hasn’t been explored is the direct destruction of linolenic and linoleic acid. It is known that bacterial vitamin E is involved in the saturation of unsaturated fatty acids, and it is also known that intestinal bacteria turn linoleic and linolenic acids into the fully saturated stearic acid.” — Ray Peat, PhD