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Vitamin E is a popular ingredient in skincare, but how much do you know about its benefits? The most common misconception is that it’s most beneficial to mature skin because it prevents signs of aging. However, did you know that you can get fine lines as early as your 20s, depending on your skin’s condition?

In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using anti-aging products such as antioxidants at this age. Guess what’s a powerful antioxidant? Yup, Vitamin E — and it doesn’t just prevent wrinkles. Here are some of the skin benefits of using Vitamin E.

It Fights Free Radicals

Exposure to free radicals in environmental pollution can accelerate skin aging.

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble essential nutrient. Humans and animals get Vitamin E through their diet because the body cannot synthesize it. It also works when topically applied to the skin. Vitamin E has antioxidant and antibacterial properties that protect cells from free radical damage. 

According to the National Institutes of Health, our bodies form free radicals when it transforms food into energy. Cigarette smoke, air pollution, and UV rays also have harmful free radicals. These free radicals damage the cells and break down collagen in our skin. Vitamin E protects cells from these compounds and can also inhibit their production. 

It Reduces Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis

A 2015 study published by the National Eczema Association suggests that Vitamin E can help alleviate symptoms of atopic dermatitis. In the study, 70 patients took 400 IU of Vitamin E a day for four months. The subjects showed decreased itching, redness, swelling, skin thickening, dryness. However, the improvements were not sustained past three months. The NEA concluded that Vitamin E can have a “short-term rescue effect” and may be effective with intermittent use. 

It Delays Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Vitamin E’s antioxidant properties and its ability to protect cells from free radicals make it an excellent anti-aging ingredient. A 2013 study in the NIH found that antioxidants such as Vitamin E is an accepted treatment for delaying photoaging. Also known as the premature aging of the skin, photoaging is caused by repeated exposure to UV rays. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, UV radiation is responsible for 90% of visible signs of aging. Symptoms of photoaging include wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, rough skin, sagging skin, dullness, and dryness.

Protect your skin from free radicals and other external aggressors with POND'S Age Miracle Day Cream with SPF 18 PA++. It uses Retinol-C Complex to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, as well as protect the skin from collagen loss. It also contains vitamin B3, which helps strengthen the skin’s lipid barrier, and Vitamin E that protects skin cells.

It Addresses Hormonal Melasma

Dealing with pregnancy-related melasma? Try a Vitamin E face mask to minimize pigmentation.

Melasma is a type of hyperpigmentation caused by hormonal changes in the body. Characterized by gray and brown patches on the face, it is common during pregnancy. Frequent sun exposure can make you more prone to melasma. Darker skin tones are also more likely to develop this type of hyperpigmentation.

A 2016 study published in the NIH found that Vitamin E reduces pigmentation, increases glutathione content, and inhibition of tyrosinase, a key enzyme in melanin synthesis. 

Since Vitamin E oil can be very thick, it can be tricky to apply to the skin. Instead, make it fun and fuss-free with POND'S Vitamin Duo Nourishing Sheet Mask with Vitamin E and Avocado. The antioxidant-rich mask draws moisture and nutrients to the skin with 50 times Vitaboosters from Vitamin E. Meanwhile, avocado contains oleic and linoleic acid that intensely nourishes the skin.