Winters are never my favourite time of the year.
I hear you sniggering, ‘Look, a pahadi who doesn’t like winters’. Yes, I don’t. I mean why would anyone in their right minds like to live in near-zero temperatures where you have to bundle yourself up in swathes of clothing, keep indoors and sit throughout before a dehydrating heater, or stay locked in a room where the heating is cranked up high enough to fray your skin? Winters make me feel weak, make me shiver like some Dementor escaped from Azkaban and is sucking the life right out of me. Sheesh! Why would someone like that?
But my number one reason for not liking winters is that my skin turns into a dragon’s hide. It flakes, it wrinkles and even copious amounts of the thickest of cremes and lotions do not help it. Not even Vaseline! When I was in Delhi, it was worse. I had such scaly skin (blame it on the genes) in the winters, that the scales used to bleed sometimes, I kid you not. Pune winters, thankfully, have been more kind to my skin, but still, I get cracks on my heels and nose and ugh, I hate it!
Till I found Evion!
Yep, just one small capsule of this gelatinous heaven and my dragon-skin is banished to the realm of the forgotten. I’m not joking. I have now thrown away all my pricey winter lotions and replaced them with these capsules, cold pressed coconut oil and a few essential oils that I always keep with me for all my skin and hair issues.
If you recall what you learnt in your Science classes, Vitamin E is good for the following –
- Keeps your skin, nails, hair and eyes healthy.
- Keeps your cholesterol in check.
- Keeps harmful free radicals in check.
- Helps your hormones and keeps those pesky PMS issues in check.
- It could keep cancer and other lifestyle diseases at bay.
- It’s essential for the health of pregnant women and newborns.
Needless to say, the best source of Vitamin E is food – nuts like Almonds, Sunflower Seeds and Hazelnuts; fruits like Mango, Avocado, Papaya; veges like Mustard greens, Spinach and Bell Peppers; oils like nut oils from the nuts I’ve mentioned above.
15mg is the recommended daily intake of Vitamin E, but because of our lifestyles and the resultant bad eating habits, the body may not get enough of it or may find it difficult to absorb Vitamin E from the sources consumed. Hence, to supplement your diet, you could take Evion Vitman E capsules, but please, don’t go overboard with it. Too much Vitamin E can cause vitamin toxicity!
So here’s the recipe for my beauty fix for the winters. I call it Dragonskin Flayer because it can banish even the toughest of scaly skin with sustained use.
You will require –
- Two Evion Vitamin E Capsules
- Half a cup of Virgin Coconut Oil
- Essential Oils of your choice. I used Lavender, Tea tree, Frankincense and Sandalwood.
The steps –
1. Puncture the capsules with the pointy end of a pin. Make sure it’s clean and not rusted. You could sterilize it if you want. Squeeze the contents out into the coconut oil and if your coconut oil is in a solid state, before this step, keep it out in a warm place to melt it enough. DO NOT HEAT THE OIL OR VITAMIN E BY APPLYING DIRECT HEAT TO THEM. Heat is not good for them.
2. Mix them vigorously, and then one by one, add a few drops each of your favourite essential oils. I stopped at 16, so that means I used about 4 drops of each type of essential oil. DO NOT GO OVERBOARD WITH THE QUANTITY OF ESSENTIAL OILS. Too much essential oil could actually burn or otherwise harm your skin, especially powerful essential oils like Tea Tree, Clove, Eucaluptus and Citrus based essential oils.
3. Mix, mix, mix! It’s important to mix the contents so they are spread out evenly in the mixture (trust me you do not want undiluted essential oils in one place; they sting and itch).
3. Store this mixture preferably in a dark glass bottle because light can alter the properties of Essential oils, or alternatively keep this mixture in a dark place to keep it at an even temperature. Try using only glass or an unreactive substance like ceramic for holding this mixture. This is because essential oils can corrode plastic and even metals over a period of time.
That’s it! Take a nice dollop of this lotion after you have bathed, and spread it out evenly on your skin. It does have an oily feel in the beginning, but it leaves no oil afterwards, especially if you have used it sparingly. Don’t slather it on, it’s not your typical lotion. A little goes a long way! You could experiment with the quantity of the capsules and oil you use, depending on your skin type. You could also use this cream as a night cream on your face and neck. But I generally avoid that because my face tends to breakout because of coconut oil.
Do not expect any overnight miracles. This is a natural product. It takes time to work. But I can tell you confidently that it works for sure.
There are many other things that you can do with these capsules. If you have extremely dry skin or burnt skin, you could use the oil from the capsules directly onto the affected parts of the skin, but please remember, Vitamin E is very oily. People with oily skins should definitely not use it in its pure form, or it could clog your pores and make you breakout. So for most everyday topical application purposes, it is advisable to first mix the contents of the capsule with a carrier oil like olive oil or coconut oil, or any other oil of your choice. You could even use the capsules in your lotions, shampoo and other beauty products but please remember that Vitamin E is oil soluble. So you will need to mix vigorously or mix it with oil first.
Once again, I must emphasize, that the best way of getting your daily Vitamin E fix is through food. Supplements are only meant as supplements, not as replacements. Eat a healthy diet, exercise and sleep regularly, and keep stress at bay. But when you do need a hand with your diet, you could trust Evion with your eyes closed.
This blog post is in response to the Evion ‘My Vitamin E Mantra’ Contest, hosted on Indiblogger. The views expressed hereinabove are entirely subjective and based on my own experience with the product. This blog post is not to be construed as an advertisement or an endorsement of the product. The information contained herein is not meant to be a substitute for medical advice. The author disclaims any liability in connection with the use of this information.
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