Skincare enthusiasts probably know the functions of the 3 classic vitamins in skincare like the back of their hands. Vitamin A for anti-ageing, Vitamin C for its brightening and anti-oxidant properties and Vitamin E for hydration. Enter: Vitamin F. Is this something that people should be raving about? Have we been missing out on something potentially life-changing?

What is Vitamin F?

This may take you by surprise, but Vitamin F isn’t actually new in the skincare sphere. Just like all the other vitamins, this skincare ingredient has existed long before our parents were even born. But recently, the hype over this mysterious ingredient has increased, making us wonder what the deal is with this skincare ingredient.

Vitamin F is actually a blend of two fatty acids — alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and linoleic acid (LA). Because it is an essential fatty acid, it is also indispensable when it comes to the contribution of healthy cells. So in the same way that consuming food rich in Vitamin F (such as olive oil, almonds and walnuts) aids our body in providing cell structure, topical Vitamin Fs are paramount in restoring our skin cells. Consequently, this will help in retaining its moisture providing an overall healthy skin barrier. Think of it as a fundamental skincare ingredient you need to use before applying all the other brightening, acne-reducing or anti-ageing skincare products you have in your beauty arsenal. With Vitamin F, it’s all about going back to basics. 

Our Recommendation

If you are now thinking of scouring the net to look for a skincare product with Vitamin F, we’ve got you covered because coincidentally (or not), Drunk Elephant’s F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Masque hydrant (S$74) has just hit the stores!

This newly launched product harnesses a potent blend of ingredients such as Vitamin F, Niacinamide and five forms of ceramides. Each pump of this overnight mask delivers a light, yet hydrating formula which is not greasy at all — something that someone with oily skin like me can really appreciate. This product also serves to effectively rehydrate your skin, leaving it soft and supple when you wake up in the morning. It effectively boosts your skin’s barrier and is especially great for people with dry or flaky skin.

Vitamin F may have been hiding behind the other vitamin powerhouses in the last few decades but it’s about time it takes the centerstage. After all, there’s no better way to ring in the new year than with dewy and rejuvenated skin. Happy New Year everyone!



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