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How to Rub Vitamin E on the Skin

Eating fruits and veggies is the best way to get all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to function properly. Yet, topical applications of some nutrients, such as vitamin E, also have health benefits, especially for the skin. Vitamin E is an antioxidant which can also help block ultraviolet damage from the sun, according to Oregon State University 1. Although primarily beneficial, too much vitamin E can lead to skin irritation or blocked pores.

Purchase a vitamin E oil with vitamin C mixed with it. According to the Huffington Post, studies show that when vitamins E and C are combined they increase your level of sun protection during the day.

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Identify any areas of the body that are particularly dry, such as knees, elbows and feet. Apply a pea-sized amount of vitamin E oil to these areas and massage in well using your fingers. Rub additional vitamin E on chapped lips and around dry fingernail cuticles to moisturize the skin and relieve peeling. A little bit goes a long way, so there’s no need to saturate the areas in oil.

Apply vitamin E directly to minor burns on the skin twice per day to speed healing and decrease pain in the area.

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Treat sunburns by mixing two vitamin E capsules with two tablespoons of olive oil. Gently rub the oil over sunburned areas to ease the redness and prevent peeling.


Apply vitamin E oil at bedtime since it is heavy and greasy, which may interfere with makeup application or daily activities.


If you have oily skin or breakout easily, application of vitamin E may cause you to break out even more.

Consult a physician prior to increasing your vitamin E intake or applying it to the skin. It can cause serious health effects in those with existing medical conditions.