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Im 45 years old; average looking skin for my age. Applied a small pea sized amount of Sea Kelp Bioferment to my face full strength in the am after washing my face of previous night makeup.; let face "dry". Then aplied my foundation as always. Noticed my thick, heavy foundation applied more easily and smooth. Keep in mind this is DAY TWO of me using this. TWO women at work ( separate departments) commented how wonderful my face looked! One specifically came up to me and asked what I was.. ...»
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The Pre-dissolved solution is excellent. Ferulic Acid is an amazing skincare ingredient (potent antioxidant, protects other sensitive antioxidants from light degradation, UV protection) but is absolutely ineffective if it isn't solubilized correctly. Makes adding to any Serum Base or w/o emulsion easy. Love using it (at 6%; so active 0.5%) with the Resveratrol Fluid (10%; active 1%) and Green Tea Extr for potent nighttime brightening treatment... ...»
Carla, Many medications can be and are applied topically by prescription. With that in mind, realize that this particular ingredient is wonderful but understand that this is indeed one of those that may create sensitivity with those already using topical hormones or just use sparingly and see how you respond. Sorry for the very late response..... ...»
Many thanks for the Silicone DM. This product is lovely quality; it is light, silky, and leaves no residue at all. I use it in the base recipe for a mouldable polymer that I then use to make a simulated 'Amber' for bead making. At the end of this process I have a silky, translucent polymer plus the most gorgeous hands in the studio ! My thanks again, Helen.. ...»
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I am following the moisturizing cream + Zinc dispersion recipe and I am extremely satisfied. I do allow for a little time for it to absorb in & then I dab off anything that I feel looks a little white - but that's because I initially use a fairly thick coating on myself. I use a bit of foundation at times on top and there are no issues as far as weird colors or texture issues. I am so grateful for this entire website as a one-stop-shop for such effective skin care products, and now we can.. ...»
Excellent quality, very fine texture and disperses easily when used correctly. Arrived in just seven days to London, England and with a reasonable postage fee. Very pleased... ...»
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vitamin E

Vitamin E in Skincare

Vitamin E is a generic term for 8 different molecules—four tocotrienols and four tocopherols. Tocotrienols and tocopherols have different structures, giving them different biological properties. Both have α, β, γ, and δ forms that have varying chemical side chains in their structures [10]. The generic term “vitamin E” usually refers to α-tocopherol. α- tocopherol is the most abundant molecule found in natural vitamin E, with tocotrienols in lesser quantities, around 15% [7]. High amounts of α-tocopherol are excreted in sebm [oil], which is highly concentrated in exposed areas such as the forehead and nose where there are more sebum-producing glands [10].

Vitamin E must be supplemented, as the body cannot make it. It is present in limited quantities in the skin and readily depleted by UV exposure [more than 50% after 30 min exposure], creating a natural deficiency [2, 9]. Additionally, ozone has been shown to deplete natural levels of vitamin E in the skin [8].

Vitamin E, discovered in 1922, is one of the first known antioxidants [6]. It is the predominant skin barrier anti-oxidant, one of the first lines of defense against sun damage [10]. It protects the skin by preventing the breakdown of lipids [waxy molecules necessary to retain moisture and skin barrier function] by scavenging harmful free radicals. Free radicals are known to induce skin aging [9]. Tocotrienols are thought to have higher antioxidant potential than tocopherols [6]. Additionally, increased levels of lipid breakdown were found in patients with acne [1]. This suggests vitamin E might play a role in acne treatment.

Vitamin E has potential to enhance the effect of preventative sunscreens and help heal sun damage. Application of tocopherols and tocotrienols before UV exposure preserves the amount of vitamin E in the skin [11]. Application of vitamin E before UV exposure reduces edemas [fluid under the skin], redness, inflammation, and sunburn [10]. It reduces wrinkles due to sun exposure and protects against photoaging, chronic damage due to excessive sun exposure [10]. There is 56% less α-tocopherol in the skin of people with photoaging [9]. Topical α-tocopherol applied to the skin of mice before UV radiation showed significant anti-oxidant activity and reduced lasting damage when applied after sun exposure [2]. Similar results were seen in humans. A cream containing 10% tocopherols and 0.3% tocotrienols reduced photosensitivity [high skin sensitivity to sunlight] with a single application [6]. Additionally, vitamin E has been shown to have a greater effect when combined with vitamin C to protect against sun damage [2].

Both tocotrienols and tocopherols have shown to have anti-aging properties [3]. Treating fibroblasts [collagen producing cells] with tocotrienol and tocopherol increased collagen levels and reduced the activity of matrix metalloproteinases [MMPs] which degrade collagen and deteriorate the skin [3]. This shows both tocotrienols and tocopherols may help protect the skin from aging by increasing the amount of collagen.

Vitamin E plays a role in protecting skin barrier function and synthesizing cholesterol, a component of skin that helps retain moisture [7]. It is useful for treating burns, eczema, dryness, and ulcers [5]. In clinical studies, α-tocopherol was shown to reduce the symptoms of eczema, an inflammatory skin disorder [5, 10].

Vitamin E also aids in wound healing [5, 10]. A study in rats shows a mixture of tocopherols and tocotrienols increases collagen at the wound site and tensile strength of the wound more than α-tocopherol alone [4].

Vitamin E may enhance skin penetration [7]. Topical application of vitamin E has been shown to increase vitamin E levels in the skin better than dietary supplementation [9]. This high absorption shows potential to enhance the penetration of other molecules.

Key benefits of Vitamin E in skin care:

  • Antioxidant [2-11]
  • Sun damage protection [2, 6, 9, 10, 11]
  • Sun damage repair [2, 10]
  • Anti-inflammatory [2, 6]
  • Wound Healing Support [4, 5, 10]
  • Moisturizing and hydration [5, 7, 10]
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase [MMP] inhibitors [3]
  • Collagen synthesis [3, 10] 


[1]  B. Capitanio, V. Lora, M. Ludovici, J.L. Sinagra, M. Ottaviani, A. Mastrofrancesco, M. Ardigò, and E.Camera, “Modulation of sebum oxidation and interleukin-1α levels associates with clinical improvement of mild comedonal acne,” J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol., vol. 28, issue 12, pp. 1791-1797, December 2014.
[2]  B. Eberlein-König and J. Ring, “Relevance of vitamins C and E in cutaneous photoprotection,” Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, vol. 4, pp. 4-9, 2005.
[3]  S. Makpol, F.A. Jam, S.C. Khor, Z. Ismail, Y.A.M. Yusof, and W.Z.W. Ngah, “Comparative Effects of Biodynes, Tocotrienol-Rich Fraction, and Tocopherol in Enhancing Collagen Synthesis and Inhibiting Collagen Degradation in Stress-Induced Premature Senescence Model of Human Diploid Fibroblasts,” Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, pp. 1-8, 2013.
[4]  M. Musalmah, M.Y. Nizrana, A.H. Fairuz, A.H. NoorAini, A.L. Azian, M.T. Gapor, and W.Z. Wan Ngah, “Comparative Effects of Palm Vitamin E and a-Tocopherol on Healing and Wound Tissue Antioxidant Enzyme Levels in Diabetic Rats,” Lipids, Vol. 40, no. 6, pp. 575-580, 2005.
[5]  G. Panin, R. Strumia, and F. Ursini, “Topical α-Tocopherol Acetate in the Bulk Phase: Eight Years of Experience in Skin Treatment,” Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. vol. 1031, pp. 443–447, 2004.
[6]  V.F. Pedrelli, M.M. Lauriola, and P.D. Pigatto, “Clinical evaluation of photoprotective effect by a topical antioxidants combination [tocopherols and tocotrienols],” Journal of the European                Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, vol. 26, pp. 1449-1453, 2012.
[7]  M. Podda, C. Weber,' Maret G. Traber, and Lester Packer, “Simultaneous determination of tissue tocopherols, tocotrienols, ubiquinols, and ubiquinones,” Journal of Lipid Research, vol. 37, pp. 893-901, 1996.
[8]  S.S. Shapiro and C. Saliou, “Role of vitamins in skin care,” Nutrition, vol. 17, issue 10, pp. 839–844,October 2001.
[9]  A. Tavakkol, Z. Nabi, N. Soliman, and T.G. Polefka, “Delivery of vitamin E to the skin by a novel liquid skin cleanser: Comparison of topical versus oral supplementation,” J. Cosmet. Sci., vol. 55, pp.177-187, March 2004.
[10]  J.J. Thiele, S.N. Hsieh, and S. Ekanayake-Mudiyanselage, “Vitamin E: Critical Review of Its Current Use in Cosmetic and Clinical Dermatology,” Dermatol Surg,vol. 31, pp. 805-813, 2005.
[11]  C. Weber, M. Podda, M. Rallis, J. J. Thiele, M.G. Traber, and L. Packer, “Efficacy of Topically Applied Tocopherols and Tocotrienols in Protection of Murine Skin from Oxidative Damage Induced by UV-Irradiation” Free Radical Biology & Medicine, Vol. 22, No. 5, pp. 761–769, 1997.
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Vitamin E Natural Mixed Tocopherols
Natural Vitamin E Mixed Tocopherols is an active blend of natural mixed tocopherols containing naturally occurring d-alpha, d-beta, d-gamma and d-delta tocopherols. These are NATURAL tocopherols, they are NOT the synthetic, racemix dl-tocopherol or dl-tocopheryl acetate. 

Tocopherol is the most commonly used form of vitamin E in cosmetic products. α-tocopherol, one of four types of tocopherol, is the most abundant form of vitamin E naturally found in the skin. α and γ forms are excreted in sebum [oil] and act as a barrier for the skin. The amount of tocopherol in the skin decreases over time due to sun exposure. Tocopherols are strong anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants help protect against skin aging. Tocopherols use their anti-oxidant ability to protect against sun damage and repair sun damage. They increase collagen production and protect existing collagen by inhibiting matrix metalloproteinase [MMP] that degrades collagen. Mixed tocopherols have anti-inflammatory properties and accelerate wound healing.

Key benefits of Vitamin E Mixed Tocopherols in skin care:

  • Antioxidant [1-15]
  • Sun damage protection [2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15]
  • Sun damage repair [12]
  • Anti-inflammatory [2, 5, 10, 14]
  • Wound Healing Support [5]
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase [MMP] inhibitors [11]
  • Stimulate collagen production [5]
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles [3]
Vitamin E Natural Mixed Tocotrienols
Tocotrienol, a form of vitamin E, is known to be a natural powerful antioxidant that is quickly absorbed into the skin. It reduces damage involved with skin aging that is caused by harmful free radicals from UV light and ozone. Symptoms of skin aging include wrinkles, dryness, hyperpigmentation, and loss of elasticity. Tocotrienol increases collagen synthesis, which improves skin elasticity. It can also “unclog” skin burdened by excessive cholesterol. Toctrienol has anti-inflammatory properties and is able to reduce symptoms of allergic skin reactions. It can also help reduce the drying side effects of acne regimens such as benzoyl peroxide.

Natural Vitamin E Mixed Tocotrienols is an active blend of natural alpha tocopherol and alpha tocotrienol, beta tocotrienol, delta tocotrienol, and gamma tocotrienol.These are NATURAL tocotrienols, they are NOT synthetic.

Key Benefits of Vitamin E mixed Tocotrienols in skin care:

  • Antioxidant [1-10]
  • Sun damage protection [1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10]
  • Sun damage repair [1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10]
  • Anti-inflammatory [4, 6, 9]
  • Stimulate collagen production [1, 2, 3]
  • Increase skin elasticity [2, 3]
  • Restore barrier function [8]
  • Treat hyperpigmentation [11]
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