Fushi Really Good Vitamin E Skin Oil (30,000 IU/g)
Having suffered from various skin conditions for the past 20-odd years since I was a young teenager (acne, eczema, contact dermatitis, dry and sensitive skin), I now get a little regretful that I hadn’t discovered the power of plant oils much earlier. This is because – and I say this without a hint of doubt and with utter conviction – plant oils have truly transformed my skin. So while I may sound like a broken record here on my blog and to my friends and family when I brag about various oils – the skin ‘journey’ has been so long and painful for me (quite literally!) that I get really excited when I try a new oil and discover its benefits.
My latest discovery is the Really Good Vitamin E Skin Oil from one of my favourite UK skincare brands, Fushi. Vitamin E is well-renowned for its skin healing properties so I was particularly interested to test its effectiveness on a few old acne scars and my eczema prone hands.
While there’s a plethora of products containing Vitamin E, both among conventional and natural skincare products, it’s important to know that there are two different sources of the vitamin, synthetic and natural ones. As I’m sure you can suspect, natural sources will offer more benefits to your skin than their synthetic counterparts. But how do we distinguish between them when analysing ingredient lists? Well, this can often be very tricky so first of all, we need to learn a little about the science behind Vitamin E (stay with me!). In the simplest of terms, Vitamin E exists in eight chemical forms (alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta- tocopherol and alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta –tocotrienol). Tocopherol forms are the only ones that are known to meet human requirements. Most skincare labels will only feature Tocopherol (which is the INCI name for Vitamin E), but this doesn’t confirm if the vitamin was naturally-sourced or man-made. What you need to look for is d-alpha-tocopherol. On the other hand, dl-alpha-tocopherol is the official name for man-made Vitamin E so make sure you check your ingredients carefully before buying a fancy product that boasts the benefits of Vitamin E.
And as for the mysterious number, 30,000 IU/g, in the name? Well, IU stands for international units and is a commonly used measurement unit for medicines, vaccines and vitamins. In the simplest terms, it denotes concentration and potency of Vitamin E so the higher the number, the better. Vitamin E oils range from 5,000 to 70,000 IU so this oil is pretty much right in the middle.
Fushi list the following benefits that Vitamin E provides to your skin:
- Lightening and smoothing rough skin by lubricating cell membranes and encouraging cell regeneration.
- As a powerful antioxidant, it helps to decrease environmental damage to your hair. It can also promote circulation to the scalp.
- Preventing the formation of wrinkles by blocking free radical damage, and boosting collagen production which is a connective tissue that keeps skin elastic.
- Helping reduce inflammation in the skin, and improve moisture and elasticity.
- Preventing trans epidermal water loss by the skin, thereby increasing the natural moisture in the skin.
About the product
Product description: “The Really Good Vitamin E Skin oil is a pure organic oil and made from plants. Composed of organic ingredients, such as Tocopherol Acetate, that is derived from non-genetically modified olive oil. 100% natural oil beneficial for skin, scars, marks, wrinkles, hair and nails. At Fushi, we create health and beauty products in our London workshop. We combine the purest organic and freshly cold-pressed oils, sourced from the world’s most ethical producers.”
Size and price: 50ml, £20.00
* -Fushi oils, organic, virgin cold pressed & fresh from harvest
1 D-alpha Tocopherol. Naturally derived from non GMO Olive oil.
2 Mixed Tocopherols 95% Pure (ɑ-Tocopherol 0-15%, ß-Tocopherol at < 5%, γ-Tocopherol at 55-75% and d-Tocopherol at 20-30%). Naturally derived from non GMO soya bean.
Ingredients – This oil has a really powerful blend of oils in it and all four forms of tocopherols in Vitamin E. Having done a bit of research into this subject, what stands out is that the best sources of Vitamin E are olive oil and wheat germ oil, and this oil does indeed contain both. There’s also Jojoba seed oil which has a structure similar to skin’s natural sebum so it doesn’t clog pores. It also has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, moisturing and healing properties. On the other hand, we also have raspberry seed oil which offers more than just moisturising, occlusive, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits for your skin. By improving skin’s elasticity and suppleness, and softening the look of wrinkles and fine lines, it is also an excellent anti-ageing ingredient.
Use and benefits – I used this oil exclusively every night for about 3-4 weeks and noticed a significant change to how my skin, especially my forehead, feels in the morning (soft and supple), how my old acne scars look like (smoother and less visible) as well as the condition of eczema flare ups on my hands (calming down completely overnight). I’ve also mixed the oil with a Vitamin C serum as this helps for both vitamins to absorb much better into the skin. The only thing that I couldn’t get over with this oil is its smell. It kind of reminds me of popcorn/ toasted sesame seeds – it’s not a particularly pleasant when your nose is as sensitive as mine but a few drops of your essential oils added into your palm do the trick just perfectly!
Price – In my view, this oil is very reasonably price given the powerful ingredients it contains. As a face oil, I can easily make a bottle this size last up to 6 months, however when you start using it on your body, the quantity quickly reduces. I’ve only needed to use this oil on a small area on my back where I have a few old acne scars from years ago but otherwise, I’ve only used it as a face oil. As it’s quite a heavy and rich oil, I’ve only used it as a night treatment.
Packaging – The oil comes in a recyclable glass bottle with an in-built dropper inside the spout. Using it that way to massage larger areas of your body is a nightmare as the last thing you need is to wait for merely two drops to drip out of your bottle! Other than that, it’s really great to see a company using sustainable packaging.