No more spending exorbitant amounts of money in the beauty aisle! Registered dietitian and best-selling nutrition author Dr. Felicia Stoler was invited back to Dr. Derrick DeSilva’s 12 To Your Health for her advice on home-made beauty products. In less than two minutes, she made a vitamin E-rich mask that will have viewers running to their nearest Whole Foods or ethnic grocery store and completely overlooking the cosmetics section.

Some foods are good to put inside your body and also good enough to use topically. “So the heck with all that money you spend on all those creams and lotions,” Stoler said. “You can make stuff right out of your kitchen cabinet.” She started with a vitamin E facial mask with natural exfoliating properties made from oatmeal, Malaysian red palm fruit oil, honey and coconut milk.

Each ingredient carries unique properties that help bring out your inner beauty: Malaysian red palm oil is rich in vitamin E tocotrienols and vitamin A beta carotene, and is also good for moisturizing; oatmeal contains antioxidants, and its rougher texture helps it remove dead skin cells; honey may have healing properties, encouraging minor scrapes or redness to heal; and coconut milk soothes and calms over-stimulated cells.

Simply stir the ingredients together. “[Then] you can just take this and put this on your face, let it sit for a little while [and] rinse it off,” Stoler instructed. “You can also use this as a body scrub as well in the shower.”

If you’re looking for a more affordable way to moisturize your hair and boost its luster, try working coconut milk and Malaysian palm fruit oil into your scalp and combing it through the strands, coating them from root to tip. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, and then wash it out.

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In addition to vitamin E, Malaysian palm oil is abundant in tocotrienols. When consumed, tocotrienols may help to slow the skin’s aging process by helping to minimize oxidative stress to your DNA telomeres. Beta carotene may help protect your skin against UV damage.

Felicia Stoler is a member of Media Relations Inc.’s panel of highly respected third-party experts. She is compensated to express her own professional opinions, through the media, about certain products.

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