When applied to the skin, Vitamin E can fight off free radicals, repair the natural skin barrier, moisturise flaky areas and protect the skin from environmental aggressors. All of its benefits make it a great skincare add-on, and Kareena Kapoor Khan knows it well. The actor has been using Vitamin E-rich almond oil on her skin for years, loving it for its moisturising and repairing properties. Now, she’s going straight to the source—in her newest rotation of at-home face masks, a few drops of the vitamin are a must-have.
She took the recipe from her friend, Nisha Sareen, who shared it on her Instagram page. The thick paste included two drops of Vitamin E, a pinch of turmeric, two tablespoons of sandalwood and milk. All the ingredients are anti-inflammatory, soothing ingredients, but Vitamin E is essential to moisturise and boost elasticity.
Because Vitamin E is an antioxidant, it works to neutralise all the environmental aggressors (like sun damage) that break down collagen and elastin, the building blocks of skin cells. This also improves the skin’s ability to protect itself from sun damage related side effects, like pigmentation and sunburn. Plus, it is a fat soluble ingredient, so it can penetrate deep into the skin and reinforce the lipid layer, while soothing the skin barrier in the process. While Vitamin E is a common ingredient as a stabiliser in most skincare products (look for tocopherol on the ingredient list!), you can get its benefits by breaking open a Vitamin E capsule and adding it to your DIY face mask.
Here’s how you can use Vitamin E in your skincare and haircare DIY recipes like Kareena Kapoor Khan
1) A moisturising mask for dry skin
After wearing heavy makeup, or being out in the sun all day, a soothing and moisturising mask is key. Mix aloe vera and Vitamin E into a viscous paste and apply onto the skin. The former is super light and easily absorbed by the skin, which helps to lock in moisture, while Vitamin E is able to reinforce the skin barrier.
2) An exfoliating paste
Vitamin C and Vitamin E work best together. Mix mashed papaya and a few drops of Vitamin E into a paste and apply. Papaya sloughs off dead skin cells while brightening the complexion, while Vitamin E goes deeper to strengthens the skin’s defences.
3) A growth-boosting hair oil
While its most common use is in skincare, Vitamin E is a great hair fall fighting ingredient too. It is rich in alpha-tocopherol which helps improve blood circulation to the scalp and therefore nourishes the hair. Mix it with coconut oil for the best remedy, as it is able to strengthen the hair from the follicle-up by moisturising.
4) A body scrub for flaky skin
A home-made sugar scrub is a great way to slough off dead skin cells while leaving the skin brighter and more taut. Mix sugar granules with olive oil and a few drops of Vitamin E, and massage onto the skin in circular motions. Vitamin E helps to maintain elasticity, while sugar is a humectant that pulls moisture to the skin while it physically exfoliates.
5) A DIY eye cream
Vitamin E is a popular addition to eye creams because of its anti-inflammatory and collagen-protecting properties, which can help to prevent fine lines. Mix jojoba oil (which is a light oil that won’t clog pores near the area around the eye) with Vitamin E to soften and moisturise the under-eye area.