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Benefits of Palm Oil on Skin and Hair

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04 July 2016

health, skin care, recipes , hair

Benefits of Palm Oil on Skin and Hair

Palm oil has been consumed for many years in West Africa. Its health benefits are numerous and still many yet to be discovered. It is the most widely produced vegetable oil in the world. Using palm oil on your skin and hair is very beneficial and below we have listed these advantages.

Skin Cleansing and Moisturizing

Today, most cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, creams and other products contain palm oil and its derivatives. It is because red palm oil may be a good solution for skin related problems. The oil is rich with natural elements that can help to heal sunburn, stretch marks and deeply moisturize the skin, especially for sufferers of dry and sensitive skin.

Palm oil in cleansing soaps contain a special agent that helps to remove the dirt and restore the natural balance of skin oils, leaving the skin with a smooth, silky feeling. Below you can see a good recipe provided by the examiner which is a good example on how to use red palm oil for your skin.

Mask of the red palm oil:
Two tablespoons of clay powder
Two tablespoons of red palm oil
1 egg
Mix clay powder, red palm oil and egg to obtain a paste, then spread the paste you get on the face for twenty minutes then rinse completely with lukewarm water. After that you can spread a lotion to tone the skin.

Hair

Palm oil contains carotenoids which help to care and restore the properties of your hair. Carotene is the basis of vitamin A and is promptly absorbed by hair and scalp. It adds an extra shine to dull and lifeless hair.

The oil also contains tocopherols and tocotrienols. They are both part of vitamin E family, another important group of lipid-soluble antioxidants that is essential for hair growth and keeping it strong and healthy. In addition, drinking enough water in combination with a healthy diet rich in these carotenoids, is important for maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Below you can find a good recipe on how to use red palm oil for your hair at home:

One of the easiest ways to use the oil is direct application on the hair. For positive effects it is suggested to keep it on for at least half an hour. However, there are also recipes for deeper treatment.

Oilypedia provides this recipe for pre-shampoo application:

1/4 cup of red palm oil
1/4 cup of coconut milk
2 tbsp of coconut oil
Few drops of lavender oil (for the aroma, not mandatory to use)
Gradually mix all the ingredients together, starting with red palm oil. While adding coconut oil and milk, stir constantly so the mixture becomes uniform. Then heat it in the microwave for about 25-30 seconds (just to warm it up) and then apply on hair. After that, put on shower cap and leave the mixture for at least 1 hour (ideally for 4). Rinse it off with warm water and then wash your hair with your regular shampoo.

 

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