What is an antioxidant?
Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals, leading to chain reactions that may damage the cells of organisms. An antioxidant is a molecule that stops these reactions.
Vitamin E is a generic term for a range of different antioxidants that are widely used in the natural and organic skincare sector. These antioxidants play an important role in skin health and overall well-being and are highly valued across the cosmetics industry.
Vitamin E is the predominant, physiologic antioxidant barrier in the stratum corneum, where it protects the lipid structures and proteins from oxidation by scavenging free radicals and hindering the chain reactions that lead to DNA damage and ageing. It strengthens the skin’s defences against the harmful impact of certain environmental factors and is therefore a very popular ingredient.
Vitamin E also regulates a protective network of enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidants present in our skin. As you can imagine, vitamin E is also present in many anti-ageing products, as the oxidation process plays a large role in our skin’s ageing.
Another great benefit of vitamin E’s antioxidant properties is to improve the shelf-life of cosmetic products and ingredients. This is one of the main reasons you will find vitamin E on the ingredients list of most cosmetic products.
Vitamin E benefits for the skin
Studies show that topical application of vitamin E is more effective than oral intake in order to increase its concentration on skin.
Vitamin E offers great emollient properties and works as a defence against the skin’s hazardous environmental agents like ultraviolet and visible irradiation, pro-oxidant air pollutants such as ozone, and ionising irradiation. These agents are involved in many inflammatory skin disorders, cutaneous autoimmune diseases, photo toxicity, photo-sensitivity and skin ageing.
Different mechanisms that make vitamin E an amazing anti-ageing ingredient. Vitamin E helps:
- provide protection against UV-induced effects to skin;
- prevent the formation of wrinkles by blocking free radical damage;
- reduce wrinkles by boosting collagen production;
- support new skin cell growth; and
- speed up cell regeneration and reduce skin inflammation.
How to make your Vitamin E serum.
For this serum we chose oils that contain a high concentration of vitamin E and offer active properties that tally with our aim of tackling the issues of ageing skin.
40 ml Jojoba oil
20 ml Sunflower oil
25 ml Wheatgerm oil
5 ml Evening primrose seed extract
5 ml Vitamin E oil
Weigh your ingredients in a beaker, Disperse using a glass rod until it is completely blended.
Now you can pour your product into a bottle.
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