Yesterday my mom showed me a new product she has been using – Vitamin E Oil. She said that it works as a great moisturizer. As someone who is semi-obsessed with face moisturizers, I was curious. Why hadn’t I thought of using a product as natural as a vitamin oil?
Before applying the oil on my own face, I decided to do a bit of research. What I found is that in addition to being an effective skin moisturizer, topical use of Vitamin E Oil:
- helps to decrease signs of aging (wrinkles)
- has healing properties – scars, stretch marks, cold sores, sunburn
- helps protect skin from UV rays (source)
What I also found, though, was that vitamin E is certainly not the only vitamin beneficial for skin care. In fact, the following vitamins are as well – all of which can be found in food sources.
- Selenium — Brazil nuts, turkey, cod
- Vitamin B-2 — Milk, enriched grain products, eggs
- Vitamin B-6 — Chicken, fish, nuts
- Vitamin B-12 — Clams, liver, trout, fortified cereals
- Vitamin C — Citrus fruits, red peppers, broccoli
- Vitamin E — Sunflower oil, whole grains, nuts
- Omega-3s – Salmon and other cold-water fish, flaxseed, safflower oil, walnuts (source)
So the next time you go to the beauty counter in the department store or walk down the skin care aisle in your pharmacy, be on the lookout! Instead of simply paying attention to a particular product’s claim, be sure to check out the ingredient list. Does it contain some (if any) of these essential vitamins? It might also be a good idea to *first* visit your local natural health store to see if they offer these vitamins (in supplement or oil form).
Also, don’t forget to EAT your vitamins! While topical skin care treatments can definitely work, why not focus on taking care of your skin from the inside out? Focus on eating a healthy diet full of vitamins and antioxidants (and make sure to stay hydrated). I can’t help but think that that’s the more effective route, and it is most certainly the more delicious route
While I will still be using vitamin E oil on my skin, it’s important to remember that no single beauty product (or no single vitamin, in this case) is going to work miracles. Also, please remember that I am *not* a doctor or RD, so make sure to consult your doctor before you begin taking supplements or making any lifestyle changes.
almond butter mousse.
I’ll leave you with my new favorite and simple dessert – almond butter mousse.
I often mix a spoonful or two of nut butter into my Greek yogurt, but this time I tweaked the ratios so there’s more nut butter and less yogurt.
In a bowl combine:
- 2 tablespoons almond butter (or the nut butter of your choice)
- 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
So simple, yet so decadent.
You can eat this straight out of the bowl or use as an “icing” on pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, etc.
Back to work! I’ve got to get caught up since I’m taking vacation days later this week for HLS Enjoy your Monday, hunnies! xoxo G
- Have you ever used vitamin oils for your skin?
- What skin care products do you swear by?