The skin care industry achieves its results by knowing what compounds are the best to use for a given type of skin. You don’t have the benefit of trained staff and scientists though and it can make looking at the container a product comes in a bit intimidating. Water is easy enough to recognize and so are things like palm or coconut oil. Chemical names are an entirely different story. Without an appropriate background, these chemicals make little to no sense at a glance and you’re left just trusting that the product will do well by your skin. OROGOLD wishes to show you a little bit of this world for a clearer understanding of what these chemicals actually are. Not everyone recognizes tocopheryl acetate, but you might recognize the name of its basic form: Vitamin E.
A Delicate Balance
To be precise, tocopheryl acetate is an acid-based form of vitamin E achieved by putting the vitamin within a weak acid and allowing it to dissolve. This allows for a more even distribution of the vitamin when it is used in a compound. You’ll often find this acetate in creams and lotions meant for spreading. In essence, using this variation on vitamin E is what allows it to be useful for such compounds. Tocopheryl acetate is comparatively easily spread across the skin and can penetrate layers of the skin. Once the skin has absorbed, it begins to convert into usable vitamin E. This releases the vitamin’s properties into the skin including antioxidant and moisturizing effects. Those creating the compound simply need to ensure there is a proper ratio between the vitamin itself and the acid.
Why Use an Acid?
Skin care ultimately uses a lot of lightly acidic compounds. When you cleanse, you’re probably using a product with an acid in it. Exfoliating products come in fully chemical forms as well that are also acidic. Acids are one of the vital components in skin care. Not everyone’s skin can tolerate the application of particular acids though. This is why OROGOLD and other companies tend to use a suite of different acids in our products. It provides enough choice to ensure that everyone can enjoy healthy skin without anyone being left out. The use of tocopheryl acetate is simply any extension of this. As a compound, its acidic component is significantly less harsh on skin than some options and it makes using this preparation of topical vitamin E easier on more skin types than other methods.
The Full Benefits
Vitamin E is highlighted frequently as one of the better nutrients for skin care for a reason. The previously discussed antioxidant effects help repair and restore damage to the skin from sun exposure and other areas while improving overall health. Vitamin E helps moisturize and motivate the skin’s ability to keep itself repaired. These two components alone make it ideal for products to apply just before sunscreen in a skin care routine. However, there is a small amount of evidence that continual use of products containing tocopheryl acetate or other derivatives of vitamin E can actually help reduce the appearance of scars in the skin over time as well. This rejuvenating property is part of what gives the nutrient such a wide popularity in skin care.
Chemical names are complex simply because many of them are compounds rather than single ingredients. Tocopheryl acetate is no different. If the product you see this or a similar product touts is marketing itself as using vitamin E, then this is probably what they’re referring to with that packaging. OROGOLD hopes this helps make the more complex side of skin care a bit transparent. There’s no reason to worry when you see complex names in the ingredients list. Just remember that we care as much about treating skin right as you do.