Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that is claimed to be effective in delaying formation of wrinkles when applied topically onto your skin regularly. But there is not much conclusive scientific evidence available to prove that it has any conspicuous effect on wrinkles or other signs of aging.
However, some new laboratory studies have shown that vitamin E helps fight free radicals, making them less inactive to cause damage to the skin. A number of other studies have found applying vitamin E topically onto the skin can minimize damage caused by sun exposure.
In addition, the moisturizing & antioxidant properties of vitamin E also provide other skin benefits, like reducing skin roughness & flaking.
Can Vitamin E Reduce Wrinkles?
(i) Tocopherol, a kind of Vitamin E, promotes collagen formation in the skin and helps decreasing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. (Source: 1).
(ii) Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, so fights the free radicals – which can otherwise cause skin aging (Source 2).
(iii) Vitamin E has moisturizing property, so keeps your skin hydrated. Dry skin is one of the causes for wrinkle formation. Because of it’s moisturizing property, vitamin E helps in preventing wrinkles (Source 3).
(iv) It promotes creation of elastin, a crucial structural protein that improves skin elasticity & helps wrinkles look lighter – making your skin look younger.
(v) Because of its ability to accelerate cell regeneration, it works as an anti-aging agent, so reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.
How To Use Vitamin E For Wrinkles?
You can extract vitamin E from capsules & use it directly, or in combination with other skin friendly natural ingredients. Read on for the best home remedies.
Natural Beauty Tip: Always wash the affected skin areas with lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser before using any of the following methods. Never use harsh soaps and hot water for washing the skin because they dry out the skin, worsening the wrinkles. Gently pat the skin dry using a soft, clean cotton towel.
Direct Application Of Vitamin E Gel
(i) Puncture a small hole in one or two vitamin E capsule(s) using a clean pin or pair of scissors.
(ii) Squeeze out a tiny amount of vitamin E gel onto your clean fingertips & dab it over wrinkled areas.
(iii) Using gentle pressure in circular motions, massage the gel around your face and into the wrinkled skin with the help of your finger tips for about 2 minutes, before going to sleep at night. Make sure to avoid gel going into your eyes. If it goes into your eyes, wash your eyes multiple times with cold water till the irritation goes away.
(iv) Leave it on overnight, and rinse it off with lukewarm water in the morning. Repeat the above routine every night.
Tip: If you have excessive dry skin, you may use a light, oil-free moisturizer after applying Vitamin E gel.
Vitamin E GEL/Oil And Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has about 96% water, so helps hydrate your skin – which is good for preventing wrinkles. It also boosts skin elasticity and promotes regeneration of skin cells (Source: 4).
Mix well vitamin E gel of 2 capsules with 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed aloe vera gel. Gently massage the mixture with your cleansed fingers onto your face in circular motions for about 2 minutes, leaving it on for about 25-30 minutes. Rinse the mixture off using lukewarm water and pat the skin dry.
Apply this remedy everyday.
Vitamin E Gel/Oil, Honey, Yogurt And Lemon Juice
Honey is a natural humectant that helps hydrate your skin and protects it from skin damaging toxins (Source 5). Yogurt promotes skin elasticity and improves moisture content. Lemon juice helps tighten pores, bleach age spots and prevents early skin aging.
Extract the gel from 3 Vitamin E capsules and mix well with ½ teaspoon of organic honey, ½ teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of plain (unsweetened & unflavored) yogurt. Gently massage the mixture with your cleansed fingers onto your face in circular motions for about 2 minutes, leaving it on for about 25-30 minutes. Rinse the mixture off using lukewarm water and pat the skin dry.
Repeat this process every day.
Vitamin E Oil And Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a very rich natural source of essential fats, nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants (Source: 6). It protects skin from early aging and helps to reduce wrinkles.
Extract gel from 1 Vitamin E capsule and mix well with 1 teaspoon of melted organic, pure coconut oil. Massage the mixture gently using your cleansed fingers onto your face in circular motions for about 2 minutes. Leave it on for about 20 minutes. Rinse the mixture off completely using lukewarm water and pat the skin dry.
Apply this remedy daily for best results.
Vitamin E Oil And Olive Oil
Olive oil helps maintain the skin’s firmness and elasticity by nourishing and moisturizing the wrinkled skin. (Source: 7). It is also a rich source of anti-oxidants, which protect the skin from damaging free radicals.
Extract gel from 1 Vitamin E capsule and mix well with 1 teaspoon of cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil. Gently massage the mixture using your cleansed fingers onto your face in circular motions for about 2 minutes just before you sleep at night. Let it sit on your skin overnight. Rinse the mixture off completely using cool water in the morning and pat the skin dry.
Apply this remedy regularly for best results.
Vitamin E Oil, Rosewater, Turmeric And Honey
Rosewater is an effective cleanser and helps remove debris from the clogged skin pores. Turmeric helps exfoliate and is useful in reducing age spots & delays skin aging (Source: 9). Honey reduces wrinkle formation by working as a soothing humectant and regulating pH level of the skin.
Extract gel from 1 vitamin E capsule and combine it with 1/2 teaspoon of pure rosewater, 1/2 teaspoon organic ground turmeric and 1 teaspoon of organic, raw honey. Mix the ingredients together thoroughly to form a uniform, fine paste. Apply this paste gently onto your face, leaving it on for about 20 minutes. Wash it off with cool water and pat your face dry.
Use this remedy once a day.
Tip: This home remedy is particularly useful for reducing wrinkles and lines formed on the forehead.
Like any other natural remedy, vitamin E remedies won’t provide you quick results. You will have to use these remedies regularly for couple of months to see the positive results. Before you include these remedies in to your daily routine, test check the remedy on a small skin area to confirm that your skin is not allergic to vitamin E application.