Jojoba asked in a comment on a previous post how the Vitamin C Skin Boost compared to Vitamin E oil for the skin since I use both items regularly. My short answer is that I use both the Vitamin C and pure Vitamin E together and I find both products beneficial for my skin so I’m not really in a position to compare the two save to say that they are both very good products. However, her question got me thinking about each of the vitamins C and E and their uses.
Vitamin E is a known antioxidant. It helps rid the body and skin of free radicals and helps boost the immune system. Vitamin E for the skin is also well known in its uses for helping to reduce scarring and to lighten existing scar tissue. You will regularly find Vitamin E added into moisturisers and topical applications as it helps reduce wrinkles and also helps strengthen the skin cells, thereby reducing wrinkles and thereby resulting in younger looking skin. Look in the ingredient list for Tocopherol related ingredients and that is likely to be vitamin E.
From a beauty point of view, Vitamin E is essential to combat the signs of aging, reduce scarring and prevent the drying out of the skin and hair. For this, Vitamin E can be both ingested in the form of Vitamin E oil capsules readily available in the market and also through topical application on the skin.
I have personally found that topical application of pure Vitamin E oil does help reduce scars and reduce deep wrinkle lines and if I remember, and take my Vitamin E supplements regularly, I find that my skin feels more supple too.
Vitamin C is yet another well known anti-oxidant. The most well known use of Vitamin C that I used to know of, is to treat colds as it boosts the immune system in order to help it fight the cold virus or bacteria. Vitamin C as most of us remember from our Chemistry/Biology school days naturally occurs in citrus fruits which explains why many products that contain Vitamin C have a citrus smell (usually orange) and is slightly acidic (ascorbic acid).
It was only recently that I checked out the uses of Vitamin C for the skin. I found out that Vitamin C is used for the synthesis of collagen which is the thing that keeps our skin plump and that it is an antioxidant that can help reduce skin damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin C too helps reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture (possibly because of the collagen boosting effects). (You can read more about Vitamin C and its derivatives here and here)
The most interesting thing I’ve found out to date about Vitamin C is that it can help protect the skin against UV rays when used together with Vitamin E (source and source). This must be why an article I read suggested that Vitamin C serums be used UNDER sunscreen to boost the efficacy of the sunscreen.
With this nugget of information, imagine how gratified I was when I realised that the Eucerin White Solution Treatment Fluid SPF40 uses Vitamin E in the moisturiser and I additionally use the Vitamin C Skin Boost under the sunscreen everyday! Double protection? I’d sure like to think so! My skin certainly isn’t looking worse 🙂
Note: I am not an expert. The information in this article is a distillation of other articles I have read over the years online and in print.