Can I Use Vitamin E Oil Under My Eyes?

Overview

Vitamin E oil may not sport the sort of fancy name that dozens of other under-eye creams, lotions, gels and concoctions boast, but it may be just as effective at preventing wrinkles and diminishing unsightly under-eye circles. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant. When you apply natural oils that contain high concentrations of vitamin E to your skin you provide your skin tissue with an anti-aging boost that both moisturizes and increases circulation. Used carefully as a regular part of your beauty routine, vitamin E oil could help keep you looking younger, longer.

Vitamin E Oil

Commercial vitamin E oil products are mixtures of naturally occurring oils that are rich in vitamin E. These oils can include wheat germ oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, nut oils like hazelnut oil, bran oil and flower oils derived from plants like Damask roses and geraniums. Vitamin E oil products may also contain laboratory-extracted forms of vitamin E like alpha-tocopherol acetate. Within the body, vitamin E plays several essential roles: It is required for red blood cell production; it supports the function of the immune system; and it prevents the production of harmful free radicals during fat metabolism. While vitamin E oil is sometimes used as an oral vitamin E supplement, it's better known as a skin treatment.

Effect on Under-Eye Skin

In a 2007 study published in the medical journal "Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine," researchers reported that vitamin E applied to the skin appeared to help decrease the length and depth of wrinkles caused by ultraviolet light. According to experts at the University of Maryland Medical Center, vitamin E used regularly on the skin may have a softening effect. These studies primarily used the alpha-tocopherol form of vitamin E in creams, but vitamin E oil manufacturers contend that their products produce similar effects while also providing moisture and elasticity to under-eye skin and reducing the appearance of dark circles by increasing circulation.

Directions for Use

To apply vitamin E oil to the skin beneath your eyes, wash your hands thoroughly and place a few drops of the oil on your forefinger. With your finger, gently tap the skin under your eyes to transfer the oil. Don't rub the oil in -- under-eye skin is delicate and vigorous rubbing can encourage the formation of wrinkles. Resist the temptation to use more than a few small drops of the oil — a little goes a long way since vitamin E oil is thicker than skin creams and gels. For the best results, apply the oil beneath your eyes before putting on your regular moisturizer each morning.

Considerations

Never apply vitamin E oil to broken skin or open wounds and stop using it immediately if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as a rash, facial swelling, itching and difficulty breathing. Vitamin E oil that is sold as a facial skin product should never be consumed. Speak to your doctor if you want to use vitamin E oil and are already regularly taking vitamin E supplements -- too much vitamin E can interfere with the function of medications like antidepressants, statins, cyclosporine, orlistat and blood thinners, and may increase your risk of excessive bleeding.

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NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: Vitamin E
Aromantic: Skin Care Secrets Revealed -- Using Vitamins in Personal Care Products
University of Maryland Medical Center: Skin Wrinkles and Blemishes -- Treatment
OSU Linus Pauling Institute Research Report: All About E
"Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine"; Anti-Wrinking Effects of the Mixture of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Pycnogenol and Evening Primrose Oil, and Molecular Mechanisms on Hairless Mouse Skin Caused by Chronic Ultraviolet B Irradiation"; H.S. Cho, et al. University of Maryland Medical Center: Vitamin E

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