Vitamins, especially in daily nutrition, play an important role in our metabolism in general, as well as in skin’s metabolism. Using vitamin E for healthy skin is pretty common knowledge, but not many people know exactly why.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that neutralises free radicals while providing a level of protection against negative external influences like the sun's harmful UV rays. Free radicals damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. They have also been the subject of extensive research and received a lot of media coverage in recent years.
By neutralising free radicals, antioxidants like vitamin E can help to prevent your cells from getting damaged. Vitamin E is one of the most powerful antioxidants, but because our bodies can't produce it, it’s important to ensure we are getting enough. Eating foods high in vitamin E can help to slow the skin's anti-ageing
Foods high in vitamin E include
- Nuts (especially almonds)
- Vegetable oils (especially wheat germ oil)
- Vegetables (especially sweet potato)
If you aren’t getting enough vitamin E from your diet, you can experiment with natural vitamin E supplements available from most health food stores and some supermarkets. Before you try any supplements however, make sure to discuss your choices with a qualified health care professional.