Found as an ingredient in cosmetic products around the globe and highly touted for its skincare benefits, vitamin E oil has been gaining traction in recent years throughout the natural beauty scene. But what exactly is vitamin E oil? In this article we take a deep dive into all things vitamin E oil — from its origins to its benefits to how to use it safely.
What is Vitamin E Oil?
As defined by Medical News Today, “Vitamin E is not a single vitamin, but a group of fat soluble vitamins with antioxidant effects.” It’s found in our skin’s oil, nuts, seeds, leafy vegetables, and vegetable oils, as well as many cosmetics and beauty products today.
What are Antioxidants and Free Radicals?
Free radicals are loose electrons that can damage cells. They can be found in environmental pollution, certain chemicals, ozone, and radiation. Antioxidants neutralize and de-stabilize free radicals and are found in many foods, some vitamin E products, and are even made by our own bodies. According to Harvard School of Public Health, “Vitamin E has the ability to protect cells from free radical damage as well as reduce the production of free radicals in certain situations.”
Vitamin E Oil Safety
As with any skincare product, it’s important to consult your dermatologist before use. There have been some reports of people having allergic reactions to vitamin E when applied to their skin. Be sure to conduct a patch skin test on a small area of skin before applying everywhere. Additionally, vitamin E oil should be applied in small amounts and you should start slow or limit your usage until you know how your body will react. As a good rule of thumb, it’s best to mix vitamin E oil with a carrier oil before use to prevent an adverse reaction. Vitamin E oil that is sold for skincare should never be ingested and only used topically. Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use vitamin E oil.
Benefits of Vitamin E Oil
When applied topically vitamin E oil has many benefits on the hair and skin. Below are a few reasons people love using vitamin E oil.
Vitamin E oil creates a barrier on the skin that can help it from losing moisture, which can lead to softer skin and improve overall tone and complexion.
Soothes Irritated Skin
If you’re prone to dry skin, vitamin E oil can help relieve itchiness and calm irritation. Special note: As mentioned previously some people may have allergic reactions to vitamin E oil, and it can actually cause irritation if used improperly. Be sure to follow the safety tips mentioned above.
Supports the Skin’s Natural Ability to Regenerate
Vitamin E oil has been used in folk medicine on minor cuts, scrapes, and even scars to promote healing. However, research is limited on this and it is unknown if vitamin E oil truly helps with this.
Promotes Healthy Nails
Medical experts suggest that the moisturizing nature of vitamin E oil may support nail health, and prevent yellowing and cracked cuticles.
Supports a Healthy Scalp
As with the skin, vitamin E oil can be applied to the scalp to reduce itchiness or irritation.
Adds Shine to Hair
Hair that is dull due to heat damage or overstyling can benefit from vitamin E oil’s ability to restore shine and luster.
Prevents Hair BreakageVitamin E oil can nourish dry, brittle hair follicles, preventing split ends and breakage.
How to Use Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil can be applied to the skin, scalp, and hair. Below we detail exactly how you should safely and effectively use it
For skin: Add 5 drops of vitamin E oil to 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil and massage into skin. Or add 5 drops to your favorite natural moisturizer.
For hair: Mix 5 drops of vitamin E oil with 1 tablespoon of argan oil and apply to hair ends and work it into each strand and let sit for an hour. Then rinse with shampoo and conditioner. Or add 1 teaspoon to a natural shampoo or conditioner and use as directed.
For the scalp: Mix 5 drops of vitamin E oil with 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil. Massage into the scalp and then rinse with shampoo and conditioner.
All About Cliganic Vitamin E Oil
Now that you know more about vitamin E oil, the benefits, and how to use it safely, you can focus on finding the right product. Cliganic 100% Pure Vitamin E Oil is a fantastic choice if you are searching for a trusted and natural option. It’s 100% pure and sourced from non-GMO soybeans. It has a light amber color and nutty aroma. As with all Cliganic products, it’s free of chemicals, parabens, SLS or other artificial ingredients, and cruelty-free.
“I love this product ! It is a thick, amber oil that provides instant relief for dry cracked skin and provides protection, so the skin can heal faster. So happy to find it!” — Michele, Cliganic Customer
Vitamin E oil can be a great addition to your natural beauty routine with its plentiful benefits for the skin, hair, and scalp. However, it should be used cautiously and patch tested before using it everywhere, especially for those with sensitive skin. To learn about how you can use essential oils in skincare, take a look at this article.