3rd – 6th grades
Difficulty of Project
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
To investigate how vitamin E helps the skin stay soft and young looking
- 1 rose
- 10 cotton swabs
- 3 small pieces of wax paper
- 3 Vitamin E capsules
- Masking tape
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.
vitamin E: vitamin found naturally in plant leaves and milk
Vitamin E is essential to good health. It is found naturally in plant leaves and milk. It helps the skin stay soft and moist.
- How does vitamin E help the body?
- Does vitamin E help keep the skin younger looking?
- Gather the necessary materials.
- 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.”
- 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.
- Dip one of the cotton swabs in water and dab the water on the petal on the wax paper labeled “Water.”
- 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.
- Leave the petal on the wax paper labeled “Air” untouched.
- Repeat Steps 4 – 6 daily for 5 days. Be sure to use new cotton swabs each day.
- Record any changes.
“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