Instead of paying for expensive creams to help fade stretch marks, try a homemade recipe using sustainable Malaysian palm oil. Beauty and nutraceutical expert Scott-Vincent Borba, author of Cooking Your Way to Gorgeous, shared his favorite formula with Fitness RX magazine readers.
Borba’s recipe for fading stretch marks is simple: Combine one tablespoon each of cayenne pepper, Malaysian palm oil and Crisco. Then just massage the mixture onto stretch mark areas.
Borba suggested, “Always use Malaysian palm oil because it is responsibly sourced and good for the planet. Keep the remainder for cooking because it’s naturally trans-fat free, good for brain and heart health, and won’t burn at high temperatures like olive oil can. Crisco may have a bad rap, but it’s natural and hyper-moisturizing. It’s also really good at locking treatment ingredients into stubborn areas. But if you absolutely can’t handle Crisco, a high-quality cocoa and shea butter combination is just as good.”
Stretch marks aren’t the only way to leverage sustainable Malaysian palm oil in homemade beauty solutions. Borba has previously suggested using Malaysian palm oil in a thigh-friendly cream to help combat cellulite.
Malaysian palm oil is a favored ingredient in hair and skin products because it helps to restore your body’s natural oils. And its abundant vitamin E tocotrienols are strong antioxidants. Researchers believe that they may be very important in protecting the skin from oxidative stress. This is why they are frequently found in anti-aging lotions, foundations, shampoos and soaps.
You can take advantage of Malaysian palm oil’s benefits by using it in your cooking, as well. Malaysian red palm oil has more vitamin E than any other vegetable oil. Vitamin E tocotrienols help the skin to fight free radicals that damage the skin, and cause fine lines and wrinkles. The carotenoids found in red palm oil may also help protect your body from the sun’s UV damage, and they appear to boost skin’s ability to protect itself from harmful toxins.