By Happiness Nkan
Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil that has long been used for cooking in Africa and one of the main ingredients used in some commercial soaps , cosmetics, shampoos and conditioners. According to the America Palm Oil Council, Palm Oil has been consumed for over 5,000 years. Now a leading crop, it is the second most common vegetable oil produced worldwide.
Made from the fleshes of the fruit of oil palm, it is a very rich source of Vitamin A and Vitamin E. Vitamin A is gotten from carotenes, especially beta-carotene which also gives tomatoes and carrots their colour but palm oil contains it more than these two. It also contains two forms of Vitamin E, namely tocopherols and tocotrienols.
Palm oil has been extolled for its benefits to the skin and hair.
SKIN: Palm oil contains Vitamin E, especially tocotrienols which is a strong oxidant that helps the skin to fight free radicals that causes wrinkles and fine lines. It is also effective in preventing aging because it is able to penetrate deep into the skin, enabling healing and protection. The deep moisturizing properties palm oil contains makes it effective in making the skin soft, smooth and supple. It can be used too to treat eczema, scars and stretch marks.
USAGE: Palm oil is best used at night. Rub on the parts needing attention or rub all over the body. To avoid staining the bed sheets, use old sheets or wrappers. Results are noticeable after three days.
HAIR: Palm oil softens, improves elasticity and shine. Its antibacterial properties provides a healthy growing environment for the scalp and hair follicles. Its Vitamin A and E content make it ideal for nourishing hair roots and maintaining healthy scalp, especially those with dry scalp issues.
USAGE: Massage palm oil (make it warm) into the scalp and rub over the hair from roots to ends. Cover with shower cap for an hour or leave overnight. Wash off with shampoo. It leaves the hair, shiny and soft. No need for oiling.