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Also-called-like-this: Vitamin E
What-it-does: antioxidant
Irritancy: 0-3
Comedogenicity: 0-3

Official CosIng Information

Quick Facts

  • Primary fat-soluble antioxidant in our skin
  • Significant photoprotection against UVB rays
  • Vit C + Vit E work in synergy and provide great photoprotection
  • Has emollient properties
  • Easy to formulate, stable and relatively inexpensive

Geeky Details

Vitamin E is the major fat-soluble antioxidant in our skin. As a strong antioxidant it’s an A-player in protecting the skin cells from the nasty little things called free-radicals that want to destroy the lovely collagen that makes our skin nice and firm. 

Because it’s fat soluble our skin just loves to absorb it (as opposed to water soluble things where we have to trick our skin to absorb them).

Vit E can be found in many foods: vegetables, oils, seeds, nuts, corn, soy, whole wheat flour, margarine and even some meats and dairy products. The natural form is denoted by a ‘d’ in the beginning of the name and  ‘dl’ denotes the synthetic form. While this is absolutely not always true, in this case research shows that the natural form is more active and is better absorbed

The name tocopherol actually refers to a whole group of stuff and it has four subtypes: alpha, beta, gamma and delta. The subtypes are quite different: alpha-tocopherol is the nicest and most active one, while delta-tocopherol seems to be the lazy guy and does not even have antioxidant properties. In cosmetic products mixed tocopherol (containing all subtypes) or alpha-tocopherol is the best choice. 

There are lots of studies showing that Vit E has some nice photoprotection properties, meaning it can protect the skin from UV (and in case of Vit E it’s mainly UVB) rays. If you put it on your skin,  it lowers the production of sunburn cells, reduces the damage caused by UVB rays and inhibits photocarcinogenesis. 

What it does not do is helping agains UVA caused skin issues like sagging. But if you combine it with Vit C (especially in high amount like 15%), the two together work in synergy, give broad spectrum protection and double each other's effectiveness. 

There is also this urban legend that Vit E helps in wound healing. Well, that just seems to be a legend. Several studies were made to prove this point but so far none of them managed to do so. In some cases it made things even worse. :( So if you have some surgical scars do not put Vit E containing stuff on it. It’s an urban legend, no proof. 

Show me some proof

  • Leslie Baumann, MD, Cosmetic Dermatology, 2nd edition, Vitamin E - pages 293-294
  • Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology., 2003 Jun;48(6):866-74., UV photoprotection by combination topical antioxidants vitamin C and vitamin E.

Products with a known amount of Tocopherol

Other products with Tocopherol

Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo cosmoderm Vitamin E Oil 15,000 I.U. cosmoderm Vitamin E Oil 30,000 I.U. Aesop Remove Face Theory Balancing Rosehip Oil O3 Huapont Viaminate and Vitamin E Cream Ikarov Shea Butter Life-flo Pure Maracuja Oil Life-flo Pure Olive Squalane Oil Life-flo Pure Rosehip Seed Oil Mill Creek Botanicals Elastin Cream Swanicoco Neofinetia Falcata Callus Pure Ampoule Swisse Argan Face Oil Swisse Rose Hip Oil Tarte Maracuja Oil URANG Whitening Blue Oil Serum You & Oil Beauty Shot 100% Botox Oil skyn ICELAND Arctic Face Oil Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Eye Cream Andalou Naturals Brightening Clementine + C Illuminating Toner Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream Bliss Rose Gold Rescue™ Toner Mist Clarity Rx Healing Fine Post Procedure Ointment Farmacia Precizia Face Cream With Vitamins And Hialuronic Acid Fiery Youth Vitamin C 30% Serum Giovanni Direct Leave In Conditioner Giovanni Frizz Be Gone Giovanni Natural Mousse Air-Turbo Charged Hair Styling Foam Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sensitive Antioxidant Serum Lanolips 101 Ointment Fruities - Coconutter Lanolips 101 Ointment Fruities - Pear Nude Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly Odacite Ap + P | Fragile Capillares Odacite Black Cumin + Cajeput Serum Concentrate Odacite Clogged Pores Serum Concentrate Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil Peach & Lily Pure Beam Luxe Oil Pearlessence Rosehip Balancing Facial Oil Revolution Hydrate Primer URANG Vitamin Oil Serum 100% Pure Sérum De Noche Multi-Vitamin + Antiox 100% Pure Vitamin C Serum ARGENTUM L'Etoile Infinie Apoliva Anti-Age Advanced Oljeserum Badger Naturally Unscented Sunscreen With Zinc Oxide Badger Tinted Sunscreen - Spf30 Unscented Cream Badger Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream (Baby) Biobelle #Staygorgeous Facial Mask