Some well-known substances are going around town causing all sorts of problems, and now they have a bad reputation. Gluten has a pretty bad rap sheet, soy-not much better, and dairy-is-scary (you get the idea). Often people do not question why this stuff is bad, we just trust that it is, and stop eating it. The opposite can be true about substances we think are good! Oatmeal-good, veggies-good, fruit-good, these are all good things for your body. Vitamin E is one of those GOOD things for you, but WHY?
Why do skin care practitioners love Vitamin E so much? It is because this little nutrient is a powerhouse for your skin. Vitamin E has been toted by knowledgeable people as a “powerful antioxidant”. ‘Antioxidant’ sounds good, I am in! If you want to get to know Vitamin E on a more intimate level, read the rest of this blog post…if not, then just make sure sure to: eat sunflower seeds, use Hipbees, and hang out with your friends:)
So how is how does Vitamin E work as an antioxidant? Antioxidants neutralize the oxidant effect of free radicals. Free radicals are bad, well when it comes to skin care they are. They are molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, and wrinkles. The atoms that make up the cells in our bodies try to maintain an even number of electrons -- this makes the cells happy. If an atom has an uneven number of electrons, it is unhappy. If an atom is unhappy because it has an uneven number of electrons, it will steal an electron from another atom in order to become happy. * Special note: this is not dissimilar to my husband and son during Halloween candy season.
When our skin cells are exposed to outside factors, such as toxins or the sun's ultraviolet rays, our bodies produce free radicals. These unhappy “free radical” atoms with an uneven number of electrons, steal electrons from healthy cells like the ones that make up your skin. This causes a damaging chain reaction, and that's where antioxidants like Vitamin E comes.
Vitamin E interrupts the oxidation chain reaction. It can protect against the forming of free radicals, and protect against the havoc they wreak on our bodies. Vitamin E does this because of its molecular structure. Now to understand how this molecule works, I think you should consult a far more scientific blog than mine or even wikipedia. This is where my empirical knowledge meets my own experience, and where I start to trust that Vitamin E is good for your skin.
Vitamin E does NOT work as a sunscreen, but in does protect and heal skin. It is a great moisturizer, and its molecular structure also gives it anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin E aids in wound healing, and prevents the signs of premature aging. BUT your body cannot produce it on its own, that is why we need to eat in our food and apply it to our skin.
Vitamin E’s molecular structure can also protect the fibroblast in the skin– these are the cells that make collagen, glycosaminoglycans, as well as the elastic fibers and glycoproteins found in the skin. As we age, our collagen levels decrease, this is what causes fine lines and wrinkles. With reduced collagen, skin becomes thinner and looses elasticity. Another good reason to have Vitamin E in your corner!
Hipbees uses Vitamin E in most of our products, because of the aforementioned reasons, AND because it works as a natural preservative. If those reasons are not enough, there is more! We also use Vitamin E because it has properties that enhance, and help with the penetration of other compounds into the skin. Vitamin E is easily absorbed by the skin, and it takes the awesome nutrients of other substances along with it!
The last things I will say about Vitmain E is that it really helps retain moisture content in the skin. If you read the post I wrote about BEESWAX then you know how important it is to help the skin retain moisture. Vitamin E is used in Hipbees products as another way to help prevent water-loss of the skin. We make Hipbees in Alberta, where winters are long, cold, and dry...we need to do what we can to keep moisture locked safely in our skin cells!
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Here is picture if what raw Vitamin E looks like before I mix it in!