Do you know that Vitamin E is considered an antioxidant superstar? It is one of the most well-known and researched antioxidants, both when taken orally and when used in skin-care products.
Vitamin E benefits your skin because it protects from oxidant damages and fights free radicals from smoking, pollution and sun exposure. It is an anti-aging nutrient and prevents wrinkles and stretch marks.
But what is Natural vs Synthetic Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is fat-soluble and available in various forms, with the most biologically active being alpha-tocopherol.The most typical forms are d-alpha-tocopherol, d-alpha-tocopherol acetate, dl-alpha tocopherol, and dl-alpha tocopherol acetate.
The “d” designation in front of the “alpha” indicates that the products are derived from natural sources such as vegetable oils or wheat germ.
The “dl” prefix shows that the vitamin has been created from a synthetic base.
Research has shown that natural forms of vitamin E have more potency and a higher retention rate than their synthetic counterparts but both definitely have antioxidant significance.
(Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, April 2003, pages 899-906; and Federation of European Biochemical Societies, October 16, 1998, Pages 145-148.)