Vitamin E Protects Against UV Damage
Can antioxidants in your skin cream really prevent sun damage and wrinkles, or is it all just marketing hype? Well, we’ve known for quite a while that antioxidants, particularly vitamin E, can improve skin health and appearance when taken orally. And now, exciting new research shows that topically applied vitamin E can protect skin at the surface from the damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays.
A scientific review done by researchers at Boston University Medical Center examined the basic mechanisms of how vitamin E works on the skin. They concluded that vitamin E used topically and consumed orally can help protect the skin from tumors and act as a barrier against sun damage. (Thiele JJ, Ekanayake-Mudiyanselage S. Mol Aspects Med. 2007 Oct-Dec;28(5-6):646-67.)
The second study, done at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, found that a high concentration of the non-esterified vitamin E inhibits UV damage, sunburn, tanning and the development of skin cancer. There is also evidence that topically applied vitamin E can help repair previous damage to the skin’s surface. (Burke KE. Dermatol Ther. 2007 Sep-Oct;20(5):314-21.)
The Anti-Aging Bottom Line: Sure, you’re arming your skin with antioxidants by supplementing your diet, but to ensure that you look as young as you feel, enhance your anti-aging approach to skin care with an antioxidant-rich moisturizer.
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