Vitamin E

SonnenblumenVitamin E in vegan natural cosmetics

Vitamins are among the most important valuable components of vegan natural cosmetics, along with other plant substances. Unlike vitamins that you take in with food, vitamins that are contained in cosmetics such as creams always come exactly where you want them. This is how you ensure that they can develop their full effect. A true all-rounder that we would like to introduce to you at this point is vitamin E.  

Vitamin E alias Tocopherol

Vitamin E is an umbrella term under which experts summarise a whole range of related substances. The best known and best researched of these are the so-called tocopherols. Under this name you can usually find vitamin E in the list of ingredients on cosmetic products. Most of the time, however, it is not used pure, but as a compound. In this case it is called tocopheryl acetate or tocopheryl succinate. Although their names sound rather chemical, the vitamin E compounds in vegan natural cosmetics are also purely natural ingredients. Compared to pure vitamin E, they have the advantage of being more stable. This means that less of the valuable active ingredient is lost during storage. As soon as the vitamin E in the organic compounds passes the skin barrier, it is split off and can immediately take effect. Hint:As a so-called antioxidant, vitamin E reacts sensitively to heat, sunlight or light. Close all tubes of vegan natural cosmetics immediately after use and store them in a cool place protected from direct sunlight. This way the content of valuable ingredients only decreases slightly during storage.  

Vitamin E – a versatile talent

Tocopherols are of central importance in the body and have many different tasks. The most important of these is their function as radical scavengers. So-called free radicals are very small charged particles that can be randomly generated, for example by solar radiation. They are highly reactive and thus often damage cell walls or split other important molecules. Tocopherols bind to them and thus render them harmless. Vitamin E can therefore reduce the effects of free radicals in vegan natural cosmetics. Other effects, on the other hand, only set in from a tocopherol content of about one to two percent. But beware: More is not always better. Too high a concentration of vitamin E can even intensify the damaging effect of free radicals. We at naturmädchen therefore always follow the official recommendations for the dosage of various active ingredients.  

Tocopherol: Important anti-aging active ingredient

Scientists were able to prove that vitamin E in human skin cells suppresses the activity of the enzyme collagenase MMP-1, which increases with age. This enzyme is responsible for the breakdown of collagen in the skin and is an important factor in decreasing elasticity and wrinkles with age. When used regularly, vegan natural cosmetics with tocopherol increase the collagen content in the skin through this inhibition and can thus make it appear more youthful and firmer. In contrast to vitamin E from food, tocopherol from cosmetics comes unerringly in the skin where it can unfold its anti-aging effect quite safely.  

Tocopherol as inflammation inhibitor

Vitamin E not only counteracts skin aging. Tocopherol also inhibits inflammation processes and promotes cell regeneration. Thus it can, for example, promote the healing of small wounds. Vitamin E also benefits from this function as an important ingredient in our naturmädchen sun cream. Too much sun often leads directly to an inflammatory process, which manifests itself for you in the form of painful redness. Tocopherol can delay this on the one hand, but on the other hand it can also alleviate the unpleasant consequences somewhat.  

Tocopherol: reduction of UV-induced skin damage

UV light is very energy-rich. When it hits skin cells, it transmits this energy to the molecules there. This often leads to the formation of reactive free radicals. If there is enough vitamin E in the cell, it is there to catch them again as quickly as possible and prevent consequential damage. In case of a rather moderate concentration of tocopherol in the skin the free radicals often damage the cell membrane or the DNA. In the worst case the cell cannot be saved and dies. If this happens on a large scale, it will result in sunburn. Although tocopherol is able to reduce skin damage caused by UV light, you should never go out into the sun unprotected. It is best to use a combination of active ingredients to protect your skin as much as possible against the high-energy UV light. Our naturmädchen sun cream protects you from UV-A and UV-B radiation with zinc oxide. Of course, despite the reflective minerals, there is always a little bit of sunshine coming through. This is where the antioxidant booster with tocopherol comes into play. In addition, our naturmädchen sun cream with sun protection factor 20 contains hyaluronic acid to provide your skin with plenty of moisture – so grab it and support your skin against UV-induced skin damage!

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