That’s how important the antioxidant is for our skin and health

That is why it is worthwhile to incorporate vitamin E into your skincare routine and diet

There are many vitamins: But vitamin E, in particular, plays an important role for skin, hair, and in the fight against wrinkles. Why is it so good? And what if you don’t take in enough of it? The best tips on effects, nutrition, and skincare for everything to do with the power vitamin.

What is Vitamin E

The term vitamin E encompasses various chemical compounds that have antioxidant effects and which the body takes from mainly vegetable dietary fat. The group of these compounds is also called tocopherols. The best known is alpha-tocopherol. It also has the highest bioactivity. Vitamin E is fat-soluble and can be stored in fatty tissue by the body. However, it is not formed independently, but must be ingested with food.
As an antioxidant, tocopherols ensure that free radicals (harmful oxygen compounds) are rendered harmless. Free radicals arise, for example, from UV radiation, alcohol, nicotine, or stress, and can cause cell damage. The result of this is, for example, that the skin ages faster and wrinkles or certain diseases are promoted.

Vitamin E Deficiency: Causes and Symptoms

With a healthy and balanced diet, a vitamin E deficiency can rarely occur. However, if you eat a very low-fat or one-sided diet for too long, this can lead to a deficiency. Various diseases that inhibit the absorption of dietary fats via the intestine can also be responsible for an undersupply. These include, for example, celiac disease, pancreatitis, Crohn’s disease, or diseases of the biliary tract.

How is vitamin E deficiency expressed in the human body?

A deficiency in tocopherol is characterized by symptoms such as headaches, muscle weakness, digestive problems, and difficulty concentrating. You feel tired all the time and the performance and function of the immune system can be impaired. Another symptom is that the skin can be dry and cracked.

Vitamin E: effects on skin and health

As already described above, vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects against cell damage. In addition, vitamin E is said to have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. The vitamin also plays an important role in healthy cardiovascular function.

Many beauty products, such as creams, oils or face masks, contain vitamin E because it ensures smoother, more beautiful skin. The oil it contains is ideal for caring for dry skin. The vitamin E effect helps to store moisture, prevent or reduce wrinkles, protects the cells and supports their regeneration. Vitamin E is not only a component of some beauty products, it can also be applied directly to the skin as a vitamin E oil.

What does vitamin E contain?

Vitamin E is primarily made from vegetable sources. The following foods are great sources of vitamin E:
  • Nuts (such as hazelnuts)
  • vegetable oils (e.g. sunflower oil, wheat germ oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, rapeseed oil)
  • Fruits (such as blueberries and blackcurrants)
  • linseed
  • Vegetables (such as avocados, sweet potatoes, peppers, spinach, and kale)
  • green leafy vegetables
  • fish


Tocopherols protect food from oxidation processes that can occur during processing or storage or as a result of exposure to light and air. Vitamin E helps maintain taste and nutritional content.

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