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Vitamin E – The Dream Eye Cream!

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Vitamin E: The Dream Eye Cream

Natural Vitamin E is a skin life-saver for a multitude of reasons. It can rescue dry, crusty skin, revitalize older skin, nourish young skin (as well as heal acne scars), and give CPR to your my-tan-turned-into-a-burn skin.

Here’s some quick science behind why it’s so great: 

  • it’s a potent antioxidant that combats free radicals from UV rays by neutralizing its oxidizing effects.
  • it repairs traumatized skin cells, which restores collagen, fades age spots, and heals scarring

My choice of natural vitamin E is Nature Made Vitamin E, because Nature Made has been around the longest and is an established, trustworthy vitamin brand.

How to turn natural vitamin E  into your Dream Eye Cream:

  1. Puncture your Nature Made Vitamin E capsule with a clean, sterilized needle or pin (just give it a swipe with rubbing alcohol).
  2. Squeeze the contents of the vitamin E around the eye area and rub in gently. This is ideal to do before bed, as your skin cells turn over the most when you sleep and are more apt to fully absorb the vitamin E.
  3. Voila! You have a simple, inexpensive, all-natural eye cream that is free of harmful parabens, alcohols, and silicons that top-of-the-line eye creams contain, and will deliver moisture, radiance and healing to your skin!

Personal tip: to get the most out of the hydrating benefits of this antioxidant, try applying vitamin E over slightly wet skin, so that the emollient properties of the vitamin E oil will allow all the water to penetrate and hydrate the skin.

Be careful you don’t choose the wrong type:

There are two types of vitamin E, either in capsule form or pure oil: the good-for-your-skin kind, and the not-so-good-for-your-skin kind. The GOOD, natural vitamin E is D-alpha tocopherol. You will see this on the back of the bottle where it shows the ingredients, meaning the vitamin E oil is in its natural state, unaltered, and rich with good things for your skin. The BAD vitamin E is Dl alpha tocopherol. The Dl means that this is a synthetic form of vitamin E, and you might as well be putting oil from your car onto your skin (not my idea of a dream eye cream). The difference between these the two vitamin E forms is simply the letter l next to the D, so again, choose carefully!

Vitamin E - The Best Eye Cream

Revel in the Benefits:

When you wake up, the skin under your eyes will feel hydrated, supple, and restored. With use of Nature Made Vitamin E (or your other favorite vitamin E brand for that matter) overtime, you will notice less fine lines and gradually less smile lines. So next time you’re on an eye cream raid, don’t forget to stick with the basics and check around the house first!

Vitamin E capsules and pure oil I trust: 

Much love,



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65 Responses so far.

  1. asmah says:

    Hey…this chat is very helpful, i have really bad dark circles underneath my eyes…n after my baby they have become worse…di u think pure vit E can help reduce it? I also have enlarged pores n they look ugly…can u suggest anything for that???

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      For dark circles I would try a product that contains caffeine. It can reduce the swelling and “purple” appearance caused by the capillaries under your fragile eye skin by constricting the blood vessels.

      • Idalisse says:

        I also have really dark circles. What product with caffeine should I use?

        • by Ashley Burke says:

          On the drug store spectrum, I would use the roller eye serum by Garnier called Skin Renewal Anti-Puff eye serum. If you’re in the market for more of a tried-and-true splurge, I would go for Clinique All About Eyes serum. Hope this helps! :)

  2. Sam says:

    I recently started doing this and while I absolutely LOVE it, I’ve noticed that in the morning my eyes are very “weepy”. Not sore or anything, just very moist. It makes it hard to apply my makeup as I am constantly having to wipe the dampness away. Could this be as a result of some of the Vitamin E getting in them overnight?

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      Hi Sam,
      This could be. Make sure you don’t get the vitamin E too close to the tissue of your inner lid. When it gets in your body tries to flush it out through tears. Hope this helps! :)

  3. jayne says:

    Hi there been using vit e but 100 iu is this as good thanks x

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      It is not as dense with Vitamin E per unit, but it will still give antioxidant benefits to your skin. :)

  4. Carolina says:

    I got this one http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ZN0NJA/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i03?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Is that the GOOD stuff? By the way, “E-Oil” has the bad ingredient, so you better move it out of your site

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      Yes that one is fine! Good call – thank you for letting me know! They must have changed their formula since I wrote the article last!

  5. alicia says:

    hello i would like to know how much IUs would be required for under the eye and what is the best brand of vitamin E oil (not in capsule form)to use?

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      The minimum is 100IU and I suggest the most potent which is in the 500-1000 range! You can get Nature Made through my post, which is the brand I recommend because they’ve been around the longest :)

  6. Cathy 2 says:

    I have quite sensitive skin, and so finding anything that I can use on it, particularly my face, is difficult. I agree – Evening Primrose is such a critical ingredient to have in a moisturizer. My face has been very happy with using the Somatique Moisturizer – it has evening primrose in it. I apply it after a shower, and I’ve had a lot of compliments on my skin since using the Somatqiue Moisturizer, including compliments from a cosmetologist!

  7. joanne barioga says:

    Is it a big help I use vit. E internally while applying vit. E/oil with my face??

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      It’s good to take vitamin E capsules and put it on your skin. Keep in mind though, like anything, you can have too much of it, as there is such thing as Vitamin E toxicity. But taking a capsule and applying it to your skin will be both beneficial and fine.

  8. Alice Huvac says:

    I have also heard of benefits of vitamin E, however never really thought you can actually apply it directly on your skin. Will have to try. But where can I get the oil? :O

  9. Mari says:

    I have been using Nature’s Plus 14,000 IU d-Alpha Tocopheryl for the past two months ($10 ur my local Mrs. Green’s and it has done wonders for my acne dcars abd under eye fine lines thanks to your article(even a semi deep crease in between my brows has softened)!! I wanted to try Nature’s Gate 32,000 IU roll on because I think.it will make application much quicker and easier for me but the “d” isn’t listed. Just says Tocopheryl Acetate (paraben free). Is this the good kind or bad?

  10. Laura says:

    Hi Ashley,

    I’d like to start using Jamieson’s 100% vitamin e oil but the D–alpha tocopherol versus Dl –alpha tocopherol information is not listed. It simply says 100% Pure Vitamin E Oil 28000 IU. Is this safe?

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      Hi Laura! I looked at the product’s manufacturer and they claim that they are “naturally sourced” and “pure.” I would trust that this product is safe and good to use for your skin. If you use it and for some reason get a sense that it is not completely pure as they claim, you can always call the manufacturer and ask if their vitamin E composition is “natural” or “laboratory derived” and they will tell you. When in doubt, the natural vitamin E from the capsules will always be safe.

  11. Laura says:

    Hi, I’d like to start using Jamieson 100% natural vitamin e oil but this is the only ingredient info. I can find:

    100% Pure Vitamin E Oil 28000 IU

    Is this safe to use on my eyes? I can’t find the D –alpha tocopherol versus Dl –alpha tocopherol information.

    Thanks for your help!

  12. Cheng says:

    I have dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate is that bad ? The brand is natural bounty 30,000 IU

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      Dl-Alpha is laboratory-derived and not 100% natural. You want D-alpha. If you are having trouble finding this, I have the correct Vitamin E that I use listed under the article or in The Shoppe. You can purchase it through Amazon through the link. :)

  13. Mary Jane Cates says:

    I recently was told about using Vit E and just looked at the bottle and I have the good kind! Am so glad. I’m 76 and look younger, but I can sure use this around my eyes and between my nose and upper lip. Miracle stuff!
    So happy I foud it.

  14. hANNAH says:

    Anar Naturals

  15. hANNAH says:

    Try Anar NAturals, could not believe the softness of my skin afterwards

  16. Joanna says:

    Some of my friends have been using it and it really works! Great tip!
    Best regards!

  17. Melinda Lear says:

    Good to know about the good and bad kind. I have been using DL on my eye area at night for a while now. I will switch to the good stuff.

  18. Laura says:

    Do you currently use and recommend Nature Made Vitamin E 400 IU, 225 Softgels? It mentions this product under Recommended Products on this webpage. If you don’t use, what product do you use and recommend to be the best.

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      Yes I use it and I definitely recommend it! Pure d-alpha will give all the potent vitamin benefits when absorbing in your skin.

  19. Rita says:

    Synthetic vitamin e will not absorb into the skin as the molecules are too large. However it is the one you want that will sit on the skin and fight free radicals. d-alpha tocopherol is natural vitamin e and best for internal. The dl-alpha plus other derivatives can also be taken internally but we all try to avoid taking anything synthetic in our bodies. If you chose to use the natural form, be sure to use at night away from ultra violet light. That is because it is very unstable and disintegrates quickly.

  20. Louise says:

    Hi Ashley,

    My vit e oil (Sundown naturals) ingredients just says “tocopheryl acetate”. Is that good or bad?

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      Hi! That is vitamin E (tocopheryl) plus acetic acid made in a laboratory. While this is still Vitamin E and not necessarily bad, sometimes the acetic acid can irritate people’s skin. I would try it on your jaw or somewhere not so visible to make sure that your skin does not react adversely.

  21. alison says:

    Thanks Ashley il be so happy if they go

  22. alison says:

    Hi Ashley will vitamin e really work?
    I have lines under my eyes from too much sun and i feel so down about them

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      From what I have seen on myself and from the research that I have done about the vitamin’s absorbency and potency, I have seen that it really does help smooth fine lines from sun damage. I highly recommend it! You can purchase the stuff I get from the link below. Thanks! :)

  23. florence says:

    Will vitamin E capsule/oil work on stretch marks?

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      I have heard that it does. I know that it helps scars in the same way by breaking down collagen build up. Vitamin E is fairly inexpensive and is definitely worth a try!

    • Monica says:

      Try Shea butter! Shea moisture has a good one I really like that smells good.

  24. Marie says:

    Hi I was reading all the comment about vitamin oil please could you help me to choose vitamin e oil coz my daughter fell down n had a big scar inherent leg. I did go to halland and Barrett n bought vitamin e oil but when I read about it it look senthatic it’s says on the bottle dl-Tocopheryl Acetate vitamin e oil. Could u e-mail me where to get n which vitamin e oil . Thanks

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      Hi Marie! I’m so sorry to hear about that! I have a link at the bottom of the page, as well as a link in “The Shoppe” to buy the vitamin E that I get from Amazon.com. Best of luck to your daughter!

  25. Jennifer says:

    just came across your blog, sounds like you’re just as obsessed with skincare as me!

    new follower :)



  26. margaret fraser says:

    hi,,the vit e capsules i have dont say D or D1 ,but they say DL so are these ok for my eyes and pigment marks,thank you :-)

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      Hi! DL is another form of “D1″ tocopherol, which is simply an altered, unnatural form. I would suggest the safest most effective way to go is putting the natural, unaltered form for greatest vitamin potency. This can be sometimes tricky to find. You can grab this correct version from Amazon listed underneath my post, or also in The Shoppe under Recommended Skin Care Products (From My Blogs). Thanks so much! :)

  27. sonia says:

    Hi,I have a problm dat do need a solution to,I hav tried a lot of method 2 clear blackspot on my face bt no result.pls what can I use 2 clear d black spot.thnks alot

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      It depends on what this black spot is. If you are willing to give more information, email me under the “contact me” tab at the top and I will be happy to further help you with this! :)

  28. Cheryl says:

    Hello! I love your post.. I will try this. I knew this before just no courage to do but after reading this I feel that I will do it! Thank you for this DIY. I’m a DIY fan from toner to mask and scrub. I’ve been searching for eye serum but mixed essential oils. Do you think this is good with carrot seed oil , jojoba oil and other essential oils? I searched about it, I’m still not convince.. Hehe

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      Yes! I am a huge fan of mixing different oils! Grapeseed oil makes a great carrier for mixing with other oils to help them dissolve into the skin easier. My favorite combination is one that contains both grapeseed and vitamin E oil. Those oils sound great, so I would say try it! Use it around your eyes first, letting a little slip past that area onto your cheek, to see how your skin reacts. Good luck! :)

  29. Ashley S says:

    Love this! Just wondering where you buy your vitamin E because I can’t find the kind without the 1 anywhere! Thanks!

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      You can buy it listed underneath my post from Amazon (which has nearly unbeatable prices in my opinion), as well as in “The Shoppe.” :)

  30. faisal says:

    Can you please tell em brand name for D-alpha tocopherol capsule ?

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      Nature’s Bounty E-400 IU is a great one. You can buy it listed underneath my post as well as in The Shoppe under “Recommended Skin Care Products.” Take care! :)

  31. growing tips says:

    I constantly spent my half an hour to read this
    blog’s content everyday along with a mug of coffee.

  32. Ashley Lavine says:

    I bought d1 vitamin E oil, not knowing it was the bad one. Is there any use for the d1 vitamin E that would benefit me in any way? Or is it just no good?

    • by Ashley Burke says:

      The properties in the d1 oil would make a good moisturizer at best. Also, you can take them orally for the vitamin benefit, but as for absorption into your skin, the natural vitamin E is the best way to go. You can get natural vitamin E for a better price than most stores on amazon through my links from this post and in The Shoppe. Good luck Ashley! :)

  33. Khadija Lynn says:

    Hi there. Thank-you so much for this post! I recently wrote a post on My DIY beauty recipes. I also use Vitamin E for my under-eye area (mixed with evening primrose). I was not aware of the good and bad vitamin E. Luckily I am using the good one. I have added a link at the end of my post to this post. Thanks again for sharing and you are beautiful by the way! The vitamin E is definetely working. Take care!

  34. Ashley says:

    My eyes were so dry and starting to crack, I saw this pin and tried it and it makes my eyes soooo soft! I wanted to use it all over my face but I do have problems with acne. I saw that it helps with healing acne scars so I think I’ll try it all over!

    • Ashley Burke says:

      I have actually found that in some cases it can even heal acne! I have had family members that struggled with acne, and the vitamin E all over their skin actually healed it. I’m a firm believer in the healing powers of vitamin E so definitely try it all over! ;)

  35. Nikki says:

    This article was so helpful! Thank you!

    One question: would vitamin E cream work as well as vitamin E oil when applied topically (especially around the eye area)?

    • Ashley Burke says:

      So glad! :) I don’t believe that it would, just because cream will always dilute the potency of the vitamin E. Pure vitamin E, with no chemicals or preservatives, will be the most pure and potent option.

  36. karen says:

    LOVE this! I have been on the hopeless search for eye cream and concealer and who knew that my basic stash may hold exactly what I need? Can’t wait to try this though I won’t look so graceful applying it :)

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