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Vitamin E – The Dream Eye Cream!

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As we all get older, we start inevitably obsessing over the newly-showing fine lines, dark spots, and wrinkles that seem to scatter themselves under our eyes (teens and young 20′s included!). So naturally, we go out on an eye-cream crusade to find the cure (or prevention) for these annoying changes. Turns out, you may not have to look any further than your vitamin stash at home.

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.

Natural Vitamin E  is a potent antioxidant that combats free radicals by neutralizing its oxidizing effects. These oxidants are molecules that come from UV rays due to sun exposure and other components that traumatize skin cells and damage collagen, causing skin discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles. The beauty of vitamin E is that its antioxidant power helps repair these traumatized skin cells, which restores collagen, fades age spots, and heals scarring. The oil-based part of the vitamin E moisturizes the skin cells and reduces fine lines.


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 (but okay for absorbing in your body none-the-less). The GOOD 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 I plead, choose carefully!


If you are using vitamin E in capsule form, you need to puncture the vitamin E capsule with a clean, sterilized needle, pin, or even push pin (just give it a swipe with rubbing alcohol). From there, squeeze the contents of the vitamin E around the eye area and rub in gently. If you are using straight vitamin E oil, put a generous amount on a cotton ball and smear around the eye area. This is ideal to do before bed, as the vitamin E is allowed to nourish your skin uninhibited as you sleep, and your skin cells turn over the most when you sleep and are more apt to fully absorb it.

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.

Vitamin E: The Dream Eye Cream


When you wake up, the skin under your eyes will feel hydrated, supple, and restored. With use of vitamin E 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!

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45 Responses so far.

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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. :)

  4. 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.

  5. hANNAH says:

    Anar Naturals

  6. hANNAH says:

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

  7. Joanna says:

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. alison says:

    Thanks Ashley il be so happy if they go

  13. 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! :)

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. Jennifer says:

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

    new follower :)



  17. 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! :)

  18. 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! :)

  19. 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! :)

  20. 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.” :)

  21. 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! :)

  22. growing tips says:

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

  23. 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! :)

  24. 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!

  25. 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! ;)

  26. 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.

  27. 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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