African Palm Oil


BENEFITS ON SKIN

Red palm oil is an edible vegetable oil that has long been used for cooking in Africa (as well as Southeast Asia and parts of Brazil); as well as one of the main ingredients used in the African black soap (Dudu Osun), and some other commercialized soaps, cosmetics, shampoos and conditioners.

It is made from the flesh of the fruit of the oil palms primarily found in Africa, Southeast Asia and some parts of South America. It is a very rich source of Vitamin A & Vitamin E, and is high in saturated fats, which causes it to solidify at room temperature (that’s an air conditioned room in these parts of Africa… lol).

WHAT VITAMINS DOES IT HAVE?

Its Vitamin A is gotten from carotenes, especially beta-carotene, which gives it dark reddish colour. This is the same thing that gives tomatoes and carrots their colour, but palm oil contains a lot more beta-carotene than either one of these foods. It contains 2 forms of Vitamin E, tocopherols and tocotrienols. The red palm oil should not be mistaken for Palm kernel oil, which is gotten from the kernel seed of the oil palm, and does not have as many health benefits.

Apart from the numerous benefits palm oil has on your health, it is great for your skin and hair. Its many of such benefits include:

Deep Moisturising

Leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and supple, so it’s especially great for those with dry skin. It contains re-fattening agents that help to restore hair and skin’s natural oils.  It is also great for the treatment of skin ailments such as psoriasis, eczema, stretch marks and scars.

Fights Against Skin Aging

Protecting the skin from free radicals, toxins and harmful UV radiation that cause fine lines and wrinkles.

Great For Acne

(…yeah, I know… sounds unthinkable if you have oily acne-prone skin). Apparently it contains antibacterial that fights acne causing bacteria.

Cleansing Ability

Removes oil and dirt from hair and skin.

Vitamin A & E 

Make it ideal for nourishing hair roots and maintaining healthy scalp, and is especially great for those with dry scalp problems.

Tocotrientol

Which has been linked to hair regrowth and thickening by replenishing and protecting the actual hair follicle. It softens hair, helps to improve its elasticity and adds shine to dry, dull hair.