The Science of Tocotrienols
Dr. Perricone Discusses

The Science of Tocotrienols

As a board certified dermatologist and healthy aging expert, my life long passion for science and absolute commitment to finding solutions to fight the signs of aging inspires me to continually search for breakthrough technologies that change the face of skincare. This month, I am pleased to feature Tocotrienols, a premium form of Vitamin E in two new products: Tocotrienols Serum and Deep Moisture Therapy.

Natural Vitamin E contains four chemically related compounds called tocotrienols. Tocotrienols are a form of 'super' Vitamin E and I have been using them for many years, both as a supplement and in topical formulations. Tocotrienols are much more potent than vitamin E itself in protecting the skin against free radicals attack.

Tocotrienols are a form of 'super' Vitamin E and I have been using them for many years, both as a supplement and in topical formulations.

The fat-soluble nutrient Vitamin E is revered for its nourishing and emollient benefits as well as its antioxidant powerhouse. Tocotrienols are an important component of my patented clinical skin care.

Vitamin E is made up of eight different compounds that are divided into two separate categories: tocopherols, the form traditionally used in beauty care products; and tocotrienols, the new "super" form, which is proving significantly stronger as an antioxidant. When scientists first studied vitamin E, they concluded that the alpha tocopherol was the most effective form of vitamin E for protecting lipid from free radical attack.

This form of Vitamin E quickly found its way into literally hundreds of beauty care products. Derivatives of alpha tocopherol, including tocopherol acetate and tocopherol succinate, were equally popular. Then, in the late 1980s, researchers began to look at other Vitamin E compounds to see what effects they might have on health. They discovered that the tocotrienols delivered a multitude of health benefits.

When I read about these discoveries, I wondered if tocotrienols had greater antioxidant potential than tocopherols when used on the skin. I devised a test to measure the effect tocotrienols would have on the skin. I found that under laboratory conditions tocotrienols are much more effective in preventing free radical damage than the traditional tocopherols. These super E components are able to disperse rapidly to the skin and disarm the free radicals far more quickly than the tocopherols. In addition, I have found that tocotrienol-enriched preparations make hair shinier, reduce redness and flaking in severely dry skin, and prevent nails from cracking.

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