Vitamin E for Softer, Younger Looking Skin

Tocopherol, or vitamin E, is a fat-soluble vitamin that is also an important antioxidant. It is found in both plant and animal foods, but the best sources are vegetable and seed or nut oils. The oils of all grains, seeds and nuts contain vitamin E. For the nutrient to be preserved, however, extraction of the oils from nuts and seeds must be done naturally by cold pressing, rather than by heat or chemical extraction, used commonly in food processing.

Vitamin E is used in most of our skin creams and lotions because it is thought to play a role in encouraging skin to heal and reducing scarring after injuries such as burns. Its antioxidant properties are also important in fighting aging, tissue degeneration and other skin changes caused by free radicals. Researchers have found that protecting cells and tissues against oxidation and injury from unstable molecules, pollution and fats may also help prevent aging and many chronic diseases.