Vitamin E also called tocophenol is an essential ingredient for natural oil-based cosmetics. Vitamin E is considered as a natural conservative because it is a powerful antioxidant extracted from sunflower oil. Antioxidants prevent a natural reaction called rancidity. During this reaction, fatty acids composing oil lipids are modified by dioxygen. The fatty acid loses one hydrogen atom with an electron creating a water molecule and an unsafe free radical. A cascade of reactions ensues producing reactive aldehydes. The danger of both molecules isn’t limited to vegetable oils, it also damages our body. Without antioxidants, free radicals and reactive aldehydes accumulate in the oil and then, into the body, causing tissue injuries and degenerative diseases. Antioxidants block the action of free radicals on the skin - a consequence of rancidity, pollution or UV exposure for instance. Otherwise, vitamin E maintains the elasticity and the hydration of the skin by strengthening the skin’s hydrolipidic film. It means that vitamin E forms a protective barrier around your skin cells to retain its natural hydration and to protect it from external aggressions. Furthermore, it improves skin microcirculation and the appearance of dark circles or puffiness is mainly attributable to poor blood circulation and lymphatic tissue dysregulation. These last 3 properties help to prevent wrinkles and premature skin aging. Finally, vitamin E has anti-inflammatory activity by reducing cytokine levels, useful in case of sunburn or erythema for instance.
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