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!
APPLY IT GENEROUSLY
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.
REVEL IN THE BENEFITS
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!