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Ingredient Review - Vitamin E

I wanted to write about Vitamin E but when I sat down to research the topic my brain exploded. I'm not good with the science stuff. I figured I shall write to the best of my knowledge and I'm sure you guys will fill in the gaps.

The reason why I decided to highlight this ingredient is because it comes in natural and synthetic forms. As you know I like to avoid as many synthetic ingredients as possible. I think the majority of us are aware that Vitamin E is popular in skincare because of its antioxidant properties and it can assist in healing skin. The problem for me is synthetic Vitamin E is petrochemical derived as opposed to natural which comes from wheat germ or vegetable oils. It has been proven that the synthetic versions can not be absorbed as easily into our skin therefore the benefits to the body are reduced.

How can you spot fake Vitamin E? The only way to do this is by reading labels on products. Vitamin E is generally known as Tocopherol in INCI format. If a label does not name the source of Vitamin E you need to spot certain words. When looking for a the natural form of Vitamin E, always select one that is "d" (not "dl") and the word tocopherol ends with "ol" (not "yl").


Natural = d alpha-tocopherol

Synthetic = dl alpha-tocopheryl

At the end of the day if you are unsure about an ingredient Google it or contact the manufacturer.

I hope this has been of interested and helpful to some of you?

Sarah x