We will do our best to answer this and many other similar questions in this article which should ease your mind regarding this subject.
But in the ongoing quest to make your skincare routine as effective as possible—not to mention get the most bang for your buck from the products you’re using—knowing which ingredients play nicely together can be helpful. To keep things simple, consider the below a helpful ‘cheat sheet’ of ingredients that work especially well together—and those that don’.
Ingredients You Should Not Use Together
The ingredients can cancel the positive effects of each other out and leave skin extremely dry and irritated.
What Is Vitamin E?
“Vitamin E is the name given to [a] family of oil-soluble antioxidants,” explains cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson. This is the only form of vitamin E that’s recognized to meet human requirements, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). So if you see the term “tocopherol” on the ingredient list of your favorite serum or moisturizer, it’s vitamin E.
How Does Vitamin E Benefit Skin?
“Topically, it can be very helpful [for] a range of skin disorders, as well as skin repair,” explains board-certified dermatologist Ava Shamban, M.D. “It assists in various kinds of cellular restoration from sun damage to healing support for scars or burns.”.
What Is The Mechanism?
A quick refresher on why antioxidants are so important to our health, topically and internally: They prevent oxidative damage to cells by helping to remove free radicals (the bad guys).