You can do more to protect your skin from dangerous UV damage than just wearing sunscreen. When I appeared on Portland’s AM Northwest, I told the ABC viewers that supplementing with tocotrienols may help them protect their skin from within. Malaysian sustainable palm oil is an abundant source of vitamin E-rich tocotrienols. Palm oil is also a natural beauty aid which helps nourish the skin and protect it from oxidative stress.
Spending time in the sun increases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It’s important to wear sunscreen. People often ask me about natural versus chemical sunscreens. Natural, mineral-based sunscreens that contain titanium and/or zinc provide an immediate physical barrier to the sun’s rays, and are safe for youngsters (even infants). On the other hand, chemical sunscreens need to be applied at least 20 minutes before going out into the sun.
You may also protect your skin from within. If you are concerned about premature aging and wrinkling, and if you want to fight UV damage, look for a supplement that contains tocotrienols. It’s a super-potent form of vitamin E that actually fights UV damage. Most people think of vitamin E as a single nutrient but there are actually eight different forms of vitamin E: four tocopherols and four tocotrienols. In addition to be going for your skin, tocotrienols are good for your brain and your heart. They are strong antioxidants which limit or delay cell damage caused by free radicals.
Malaysian palm-derived tocotrienol supplements have been studied extensively for their health benefits. Malaysia is a leader in environmentally responsible palm oil farming and production. The fruit grows on tall, leafy trees, and is hand-picked and then crushed to produce Malaysian sustainable palm oil. This natural, non-GMO oil helps improve the health of our skin, restore natural oils and fight UV damage. This is something that I take as part of my daily skin care routine.
Sherry Torkos is a holistic pharmacist, author, fitness instructor and lecturer. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1992. She is a frequent guest on radio and TV talk shows where she discusses a variety of medical and natural health topics.