Many years ago, before Stephanie and I founded HowtobeaRedhead.com in 2011, I was in my early twenties and living in Boston. One evening, as I waited for a friend at a restaurant, I ended up befriending a fellow redhead. She and I spoke about the common redhead topics (sensitive skin, sunburns, loving our hair, etc) and when I mentioned us being a similar age, she stopped me in my tracks and said, “Honey, I am over fifty years old.” I gasped. There was absolutely no way she was older than thirty. I immediately asked her what her secret was to looking so young.
She responded, “Vitamin E.”
This conversation has stayed with me and ever since, I have incorporated Vitamin E* into my evening skin routine. Since Vitamin E has a thick consistency, it’s best to apply it before bed so that it can fully absorb.
Vitamin E is a nutrient your body needs to support your immune system and help your cells to regenerate. Vitamin E is most commonly known for its benefits for skin health and appearance. It can be applied topically to your face to reduce inflammation and make your skin look younger. Many people also swear by the effects of topical Vitamin E when it’s applied to the face overnight. And, I do too, redheads.
Typically, before bed, I cleanse, tone, use a serum or oil mixture containing Vitamin E as an all-over treatment, then lock it in with a moisturizer. During the summer months, when my skin is tired from sun exposure, I will make sure my moisturizer has Vitamin E in it too.
And, about once or twice a week, about 30 minutes before bedtime, I use a pure Vitamin E oil and mix one or two drops of it for every 10 drops of carrier oil with jojoba oil, almond oil, or coconut oil. I leave it on while I sleep and the results in the morning are undeniable.
Here are my favorite Vitamin E products:
1. Pure Vitamin E: RejuveNaturals
This pure oil contains only natural Vitamin E sourced from organic olives. Every drop unleashes the full potency of this powerful antioxidant in a form that’s absorbed readily to nourish your skin from the inside out.
2. Serum with Vitamin E: Timeless Skincare Vitamin C & E
You may notice many brands have a Vitamin C & E product. Vitamin E is used to extend the life and effectiveness of Vitamin C. Vitamin C evens skin tone and helps builds collagen.
3. Oil with Vitamin E: Zatoru Glow Repair – 100% Organic Pure Vitamin E Oil Serum with Coconut, Rosehip, Jojoba Oil
4. Face Moisturizer with Vitamin E: DERMA-E Vitamin E 12,000 IU Cream
This brand is frequently in the H2BAR Box and now you know why! Vitamin E helps to soften and soothe extra dry, severely chapped skin. Quickly absorbs to help replenish lost moisture and helps aid with face protection.
5. Sunscreen with Vitamin E: Sun Bum SPF 50 with Vitamin E
You might be wondering: what about foods? Yes, almonds, blackberries, and avocados are some foods with the most vitamin E!
*Disclaimer: Vitamin E isn’t an effective remedy for everyone. Before taking oral Vitamin E supplements consult with your doctor. Too much Vitamin E in your bloodstream can result in a reduced platelet count and blood thinning. Speak with your doctor before starting Vitamin E oral supplements.
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