When to apply vitamin E oil
Vitamin E oil is a popular ingredient for baby products, particularly those containing vitamin E. But do you really need to?
Read moreA recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE has shown that the vitamin E in oil can also be absorbed by humans, even when they’re not exposed to it.
Vitamin E oil contains both a fatty acid and an emulsifier.
Emulsifiers help to make oils easier to spread, which can make them easier to use.
The study looked at the effect of using oil containing 1% vitamin E on the human skin.
This is a significant advantage because oil contains emulsifiers.
Emulsifiers in the oil have a protective effect against damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
They also help to break down the skin’s barrier to the sun.
This, in turn, can protect against skin cancer and the spread of UV-related diseases.
Vitamins E and E oil are widely used in baby products and many of them contain vitamin E emulsifying agents.
These emulsified oils are more readily absorbed than oils with oils containing vitamin C.
The results show that the use of oil containing vitamin D (as well as vitamin E) reduced the amount of skin cancer in healthy adults compared to oil containing no vitamin E at all.
This is because the oil contains an emollient component called carotenoids, which help to prevent damage to skin by UV-radiation.
Vita, the company behind the popular brand, Vitamix, also uses vitamin E and carotene as emulsives in its products.
But this study does not tell us whether carotenes, or vitamin E or carotens in oil, are the same as the emollients found in vitamin E oils.
The researchers did find that some people with skin conditions such as eczema and eczematous eruptions could benefit from oils containing carotenic acid and vitamin E, and that the emulsification effect of carotentine was more effective than the carotening effect of vitamin E when used with oil containing carotin.
This could be because carotenoic acid and carotin have similar effects on skin.
Viva, the manufacturer of the popular Vitamin E product, also offers vitamin E for use in its oils, which it sells under the brand name Vitamin E Oil.
However, the study does find that vitamin E may be more effective at protecting skin against UV-induced skin damage than carotenedic acid.
“The results suggest that vitamin-E-rich oil can be used for topical applications and can be absorbed through the skin,” said lead researcher Dr Anastasia Karatchikova.
“It is important to be aware that the amount absorbed by skin may be lower in some people than the amount in the skin, so a low dose of vitamin-e oil could be a good choice if the skin is sensitive or has eczymatous symptoms.”
Vitamin C may have a role, too.VITAMIX has been known for years to sell its vitamin C emulsions in its oil.
The scientists in this study looked specifically at the effects of using a high-potency vitamin C oil in an oil containing 0.7% vitamin C and vitamin C oxide, the main ingredient in Vitamin E. They found that although the amount absorption was similar between the two oils, the amount that the skin absorbed was much lower.
“There was no significant difference in the amount or extent of skin penetration after application of the vitamin C-rich and vitamin-oxidised oils,” the researchers concluded.
“Vitamin-C-rich oils are effective in treating acne vulgaris and may have other health benefits in other skin conditions.”
However, high-quality oils containing less than 0.8% vitamin-C, and high-performance oils containing 0-2% vitamin and C, are more suitable for topical application.
“Vitamix is a major brand in the US, and its products have been featured on the BBC News website.
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