vitamin b3 for natural beauty
By: John Liu

3 Ways To Use Straight Vitamin E Oil In Beauty

You’ve probably heard about the miracles of vitamin E oil in beauty. You may not be as aware that you can apply it directly to skin for the best benefits. Vitamin E oil has long been used on the skin to create some of the smoothest skin imaginable. Plus, it’s an antioxidant powerhouse.

It has even been in the news as actress Channing Pickett touted its soothing, moisturizing effects. And it’s easy to find—you can buy vitamin E oil straight at natural health stores or cut open the vitamin E gel caps to use that oil directly.

However, vitamin E comes with a cravat. It’s a very heavy oil, so if you are prone to breakouts, you may want to avoid it. Opt for oils that are good for acne, such as tea tree oil.

Applying The Oil Directly To Skin

One of the easiest uses of vitamin E oil is to make it a substitute for nightly moisturizers. Since it’s so thick, it would make sense to use it at night when you’re not trying to apply makeup on top. You can even massage the oil into your nail beds and lips to prevent chapping and dryness.

But the heaviness of the oil might be worth it for the intense moisturizing benefits. Vitamin E oil can also help heal scars, as it gets rid of the free radicals that inhibit healing. As if that weren’t enough, it can even protect skin against the cell mutation that occurs from sun and pollution damage.

Use As A Hair Mask

Vitamin E oil can also be great for nourishing hair. It has been reputed to increase circulation in the scalp, promoting hair growth and healthy hair. It can even moisturize brittle hair.

For an easy, DIY hair mask, simply combine 2 egg yolks, two dollops of raw organic honey (both of which also naturally moisturize hair) and three capsules (or one teaspoon) of vitamin E oil, more if you have longer hair. Apply to wet, washed hair, massaging your scalp with the mixture for 5-10 minutes. Make sure your hair is saturated with the mixture. Let it sit under a shower cap for about 15 minutes. Then rinse the mixture out well with lukewarm water. Complete weekly as a deep conditioner.

Another even easier option is to rub the vitamin E oil directly into your scalp for about 10 minutes to get the follicle-stimulating benefits and to take care of a dry scalp.

Vitamin E Oil In Homemade Beauty Products

If you’ve read extensively about homemade lotions, soaps, conditioners and other homemade goodies, you may have noticed that vitamin E oil is a common optional additive for its moisturizing and skin health benefits. Add a splash of vitamin E oil to your homemade skincare and hair care recipes right when you would add any scented, essential oils.