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Applying Vitamin E On Your Face Overnight? Should You Do It?

If you’ve been an avid reader of, you probably think I’m a bit obsessed with putting stuff on my face overnight. My first experiment was with a face mask (What Happens If You Sleep With A Face Mask), then I wrote about applying olive oil on your face overnight, and now this!

Rest assured I’m not crazy or strange (well, maybe a little), I just like experimenting and figuring out the best answers to your questions (yes, people do ask me what would happen if they applied vitamin E on their face overnight and would that offer any benefits for their skin).

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And the answer is yes, yes you can apply vitamin E on your face a let it sit overnight. Vitamin E will help your skin neutralize free radicals which may damage it. It’s also a powerful antioxidant which will boost the overall health of your skin and make it appear younger! Slathering it on your skin will prove just as many benefits as swallowing it in a capsule (perhaps even more), as it will have an immediate effect on your skin, making it smooth, well hydrated and radiant.

Can We Leave Vitamin E Oil On Face Overnight? (Is It Safe)

Experts such as Dr. Broumand actually recommend using vitamin E oil at night. This is because the oil is quite greasy and thick, so some people prefer to put it on before they go to bed. But you can also wear it during the day, it’s up to you. The only thing is that if you wear make-up, you might find it a bit difficult to apply when you’re wearing vitamin E oil. Some people prefer to dilute it by adding a few drops to their face moisturizer; but again, that’s up to you.

There is nothing dangerous about vitamin E, it’s a natural product and its completely safe so whether you leave it on your face for one hour or 24, you are not going to put yourself at risk. However, this depends on your skin type, people with sensitive skin might experience side effects such as:

  • Irritation
  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Stinging

Don’t worry, this is not a common occurrence, it rarely happens, but if it does, book an appointment with your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

If you are worried about side effects, you can do a skin test on your arm first before applying it to your face. To do this, just rub some vitamin E oil to a small area of the skin, if you don’t have a reaction, you can go ahead and use it on your face overnight.

Can You Apply Vitamin E Oil Directly To Skin?

Maybe it’s just me, but I always read the ingredients on any product I put on my skin, especially my face. And guess what? I’ve found vitamin E in most of them! That’s because there are so many great benefits. But I figured, what’s the point of using a product that contains traces of vitamin E? I might as well put it directly on my skin in all its natural goodness. So, I went and did a bit of research and this is what I found.

Prevents dry skin: Without getting too technical here, our skin contains something called lipids. These are fatty substances found in the bloodstream, they help to protect the barrier responsible for keeping our skin in good condition. Putting vitamin E oil directly on the skin helps to repair the skins barrier that might have been damaged in the sun or through general harsh treatment of the skin. Have you ever had dry skin? I’m assuming you’ve answered yes to this question…. well it gets dry because the barrier wasn’t strong enough to do its job properly and keep moisture locked in. A layer of vitamin E keeps your skin hydrated for up to 16 hours.

Prevents Blackheads: I hate blackheads! They are so unsightly especially when you’ve got pale skin. Well, I’ve found the magic cure – vitamin E oil! You see, as I mentioned earlier, vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, and one of the benefits of this is that it prevents blocked oils in the pores from hardening and turning dark in color because of oxidation (this is what causes the dreaded blackheads).

It makes you look younger: I will never forget the day I noticed my first wrinkle, I wanted to disappear off the face of the earth! I didn’t want to look old, there are plenty of beautiful older women out there, but I don’t want to be one of them. So, I went on a quest for anti-aging products that would keep me looking young and vibrant all the days of my life! And I found that vitamin E oil was one such miracle worker.

The problem is that our skin is constantly exposed to air pollution, smoke and UV light, all of which damage collagen (which is what supports the structure of our skin), skin cells and DNA. Eventually, all this bad exposure leads to wrinkles and those horrid looking brown spots. Vitamin E acts like a big brother and jumps in to protect the skin by neutralizing free radicals, which delays the onset of wrinkles and gets rid of the ones you’ve already got.

Gets rid of scars: Whether you’ve got acne scars or a scar from an injury or an operation, if you don’t like the look of them, you can eliminate them with vitamin E oil. Vitamin E hydrates the skin, and skin hydration is essential for healing and getting rid of scars.

I’ve only just scratched the surface about the benefits of vitamin E; so, if you are suffering from a skin condition, it would only make sense that you apply vitamin E oil directly to your skin if you want it to heal.

Can I Apply Vitamin E On My Face Daily?

Absolutely! In fact, experts recommend that you use it daily, and if you’ve got a really bad condition such as eczema, you can use it twice a day. Whether you are suffering from sunburn, a rash or eczema, how you apply vitamin E oil to your face is the same.

  • Wash and dry your face (don’t miss this step, the oil won’t be able to penetrate your skin if your pores are clogged up with dirt. You also want to make sure that you dry your face because water prevents the oil from doing its job).
  • Put your hair in a ponytail so that it’s not in your face
  • Pour a small amount into the palm of your hand
  • Rub the oil into your hands and then apply it to the affected areas on your face
  • Use a circular motion to rub the vitamin E oil into your skin

How Long Do You Leave Vitamin E Oil On Your Face?

There is no specific time for leaving vitamin oil on your face; obviously, there’s no point in putting it on and washing it off straight away, you won’t experience any benefits. If you are just doing a vitamin E oil treatment and don’t intend on wearing it throughout the day or night, massage the oil into your skin, leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse the oil off with water, or wipe it off using a gentle cleanser. But for best results, leave vitamin E oil on your skin for a minimum of four hours and continue using it daily for at least two months.

Igor Marcikic

I've struggled with acne and oily skin for the better part of my life. Along the way, I've picked up some valuable information, tips, and tricks, which helped me manage my "situation." This website is a way of giving back and trying to help others like me! Enjoy your stay, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.