Often referred to in skincare as tocopherol, Vitamin E represents two classes of molecules (tocopherols and tocotrienols), which in total contains eight compound derivatives. As the most-abundant lipid-soluble antioxidant in the body, Vitamin E serves to prevent the production of cell-damaging free radicals.1
Sun exposure causes the skin to form harmful free radicals, which prematurely ages the skin. Topical application of Vitamin E is known to boost the skin protection against free radicals generated after exposure to UV.2-3-4
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