Cold, dry winters can be tough on skin. Instead of escaping to a warmer, more humid climate, consider taking advantage of the skin-soothing benefits of Malaysian sustainable palm oil. This vitamin-packed tropical oil can help restore your body’s natural oils and fight skin damage from within. I gave Minneapolis’ WCCO News viewers three simple ways they can add this trendy beauty remedy to their diet.
Replace some of your cooking oil with Malaysian sustainable oil
Your international grocery store is holding a beauty secret, one which many women around the world already know: No other vegetable oil has as much skin-protecting vitamin E as Malaysian sustainable palm oil. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which reduces or delays skin cell damage. You can tell by its natural red-orange hue, palm oil is also packed with nutritious beta carotene. It also boasts a balanced fatty acid profile. This makes Malaysian sustainable palm oil great for your skin. Plus it is heat stable, unlike olive oil, so you can use it for baking and frying.
Look for products formulated with palm oil
Because of its naturally creamy consistency, many food manufacturers add palm oil to their products. It’s a healthier alternative to trans fats. Look for this non-GMO healthy fat in products ranging from Smart Balance Peanut Butter to Nutella and Luna Bars.
Consider tocotrienol supplements
It is important to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays, which can lead to premature aging and wrinkling. Tocotrienol supplements derived from Malaysian sustainable palm oil help by fighting UV damage naturally. Research suggests this super-potent form of vitamin E boosts the skin’s ability to protect itself from harmful UV rays.
In addition to its skin-soothing benefits, Malaysian sustainable palm oil is great for the heart and the brain. There’s been some very interesting evidence showing that it may help reduce damage which may occur if you have a stroke. And while you’re helping your skin, you’re also supporting the Malaysian people. Much of this healthy oil, sustainably grown oil is produced by family farmers in this environmentally friendly country.
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.