Knowledgeable people recommend Vitamin E for skin. But why do they recommend it?
Vitamin E is a recognized powerful antioxidant known for hunting down and destroying oxidants (free radicals) that can attack and damage the collagen in skin. Damaged collagen can manifest as dry skin. And continuing damage caused by free radicals can lead to skin cancer.
Obviously it makes sense to make sure we are getting the optimal amount of vitamin E each day.
One of the truly great things about Vitamin E for skin is that it can
be used two ways - ingested, consumed in the food we eat (or as a
supplement added to our diet) -- Or as a topical agent -- it can be
applied directly to the skin.
Consume Vitamin E and it -- in concert with other vitamins -- works it’s wonders--not just on the skin but on the entire body. It helps the heart, your lungs, it helps to improve blood circulation and supports good brain function unrelated to its antioxidant properties. A healthy circulatory system gives your skin that healthy glow- which we all find so attractive.
Beautiful youthful skin is the result of optimal amounts of collagen and elastin in your skin.
Collagen is made by your body. To increase it you need to stimulate its production within your body.
Beware of skin care products that contain collagen. Manufacturers of these products claim they will increase the collagen in your skin -- but they won’t!
Vitamin E for skin plays two vital roles -- the first by enhancing your body’s production of collagen and the second by protecting healthy collagen from damage. Collagen in short supply or damaged can result in the look of dry skin, premature skin aging and the possibility of skin cancer. Enhancing your collagen regrowth -- may well be the most important aspect for maintaining your youthful skin.
The skin care products you want to look for and use are the ones that contain ingredients that stimulate the growth of collagen.
Science is now beginning to understand Vitamin E consists of is several versions of its self and is in fact a complex similar in some ways to the Vitamin B complex. We all now accept that the B vitamin is more than one. B1 B2 B3 etc.
It is important to note that we could not survive without vitamin E and because our bodies do not manufacture it-- we need to get it from the foods we eat.
Foods that Contain Vitamin E are --
Oils -- like safflower, soy, butter, margarine -even lard.
Fruits - like apples, peaches, apricots, nectarines, mango and kiwi fruit
Nuts -- like peanuts, sunflower seeds, pine-nuts (a favorite of Dr. Oz) hazelnuts, and brazil nuts.
Vegetables -- dark leafy-greens such as spinach, as well as tomatoes, broccoli, and sweet potatoes (good excuse to dive into those new sweet potato fries)
Meat -- Liver (although I’m am NOT a believer in eating animal organs--the liver is designed to remove toxins from the body and we are going to turn around and eat that?)
Seafood -- salmon, mackerel, scallops and shrimp are all rich in vitamin E
Cereals -- a number of breakfast cereals contain very good quantities of vitamin E - just read the label.
Eating lots of this stuff is definitely good for your skin.
I said earlier that vitamins work best in combination with each other. If you feel you may not be getting the proper amount of vitamin E for skin beauty. You may well be short of some of the other necessary vitamins your skin needs.
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Remember Vitamins ALWAYS WORK best blended together with other vitamins - rather than a stand alone products.
Topical Vitamin E for Skin.
The second way Vitamin E benefits your skin is as a topical agent. Vitamin E skin care products applied directly to scar tissue can very effectively reduce the look and promote further healing. Skin creams containing vitamin E have also been shown to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles plus keep age spots to a minimum.
Using a skin care product containing Vitamin E is a great idea. Vitamin E even works as a bit of a natural sun block - although you’ll have to give it at least 20 minutes to be absorbed into your skin before going out in the sun. WARNING skin cream containing vitamin E, but not recognized as an actual sun block should not be considered as your only choice for sun block. So don’t use a vitamin E enhanced skin cream and then lay out in the sun all day!! That is a recipe for a bad sun burn and serious skin damage.
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