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Vitamin E is for Exquisite Looking Skin

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Author: Nancy Rogers Bosse
Type:
Chemistry 
Grade

3rd – 6th grades 

Difficulty of Project
Easy 
Cost
Less than $5.00 
Safety Issues
None 
Material Availability

Readily available or easily purchased from the grocery store 

Approximate Time Required to Complete the Project

Few minutes every day for five days; one day to prepare the science fair display 

Objective

To investigate how vitamin E helps the skin stay soft and young looking 

Materials and Equipment

  • 1 rose
  • 10 cotton swabs
  • 3 small pieces of wax paper
  • Water
  • 3 Vitamin E capsules
  • Needle
  • Masking tape
  • Pen 

Background Information

Vitamin E is being marketed as one of the best anti-aging products available. Vitamin E protects the skin’s cells from sun damage and pollution. It also helps the skin look younger by reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It also helps in the treatment of some skin conditions.  

In this investigation, the affects of vitamin E are observed on a rose petal. 

Terms, Concepts, and Questions to Start Background Research

Terms

vitamin E: vitamin found naturally in plant leaves and milk   

Concepts

Vitamin E is essential to good health. It is found naturally in plant leaves and milk. It helps the skin stay soft and moist. 

Research Questions
  • How does vitamin E help the body?
  • Does vitamin E help keep the skin younger looking? 

Experimental Procedure

  1. Gather the necessary materials.
  2. Cut three pieces of wax paper about 3 x 3 inches. Label one piece “Air,” the second piece “Water,” and the third piece vitamin E.”
  3. Gently pull three petals from the rose. Be careful to keep the petals whole. Place each petal one of the labeled pieces of wax paper.
  4. Dip one of the cotton swabs in water and dab the water on the petal on the wax paper labeled “Water.”   
  5. Using the needle, pierce one of the vitamin E capsules and squeeze a drop of vitamin E oil onto the petal on the wax paper labeled “Vitamin E.” Use a cotton swap to gently spread the oil over the petal.
  6. Leave the petal on the wax paper labeled “Air” untouched.
  7. Repeat Steps 4 – 6 daily for 5 days. Be sure to use new cotton swabs each day.
  8. Record any changes. 

Bibliography

Articles:

“Benefits of Vitamin E” from healthy-skincare.com 

“Vitamins” at http://kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/food/viatmin.html 

“Vitamin E Benefits and Dosage Information at http://www.nutrasanus.com/viatmin-e.html 

“Vitamin E” at http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitaminE.asp

 

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