Naturally present in the skin, Vitamin E has been used in clinical dermatology as a treatment for a variety of skin conditions including eczema, atopic dermatitis, superficial burns, cutaneous ulcers, and other inflammatory skin diseases (Panin, Strumia, and Ursini, 2004). As a topical treatment, Vitamin E helps moisturize the skin and optimize skin health. One function of the epidermis is called the barrier function. Our skin has a natural barrier, a waterproof seal that keeps moisture in the skin and prevents evaporation.
Both the natural aging process and environmental influences cause the barrier to break down, allowing skin to lose moisture and become dry. Vitamin E helps maintain the barrier function by locking moisture into the skin and preventing dehydration. Topically applied Vitamin E is an excellent and intense moisturizer to help keep skin healthy and soft.