How Red Palm Oil Benefits Skin and Hair

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Red palm oil, the substance used in cooking supplies, cosmetics, cleaning products, and more, is extracted from the fruit of an oil palm, just as regular palm oil is. Both sorts of palm oil have been used in cooking and meals for thousands of years, and holds a huge amount of health benefits. 

Due to palm oil’s antioxidant and Vitamin E-rich makeup, palm oil can help reduce the risk of heart disease and even certain kinds of cancer. But beyond its obvious benefits through using it in your everyday cooking, what else can palm oil (and specifically red palm oil) do for you?

How Red Palm Oil Benefits Hair

Just as red palm oil has extensive health benefits for our internal systems, it also benefits us externally through enriching the skin and hair. Red palm oil helps hair by promoting cell growth within the hair follicles, which in turn strengthens and fortifies hair – and prevents it from becoming weak or brittle in the first place. 

In addition to fortifying hair at the root, red palm oil’s levels of beta-carotene and Vitamin E also works to slow graying of the hair, as well as reduce or slow hair loss. Red palm oil is also deeply moisturizing, and is often found in shampoos and conditioners for its intensely hydrating and moisturizing properties, in addition to its ability to remove oil and dirt from a wide variety of hair types. 


On top of red palm oil’s enriching benefits for the hair itself, its hydrating and moisturizing properties extend to the scalp as well. In addition to fortifying the scalp, palm oil also has antibacterial properties that clean the scalp and free is from oil and dirt. Thanks to its levels of Vitamin A and E, palm oil is ideal for those with sensitive or dry scalps, and for all hair types. It’s also particularly beneficial for those with especially curly hair. No matter what your skin or hair type, palm oil will enrich and fortify both your hair and scalp. 

Red Palm Oil Skin Benefits

Palm oil doesn’t just stop at benefiting your body internally or benefiting your hair health. That’s right, palm oil benefits your skin as well! Just as red palm oil deeply hydrates and moisturizes your hair and scalp, especially if your scalp is particularly sensitive or dry, it does the same for your delicate skin. 

Red palm oil and regular palm oil both contain properties that not only leave your skin with intense levels of moisture and hydration, but also contain anti-aging benefits! That’s right, while repairing and hydrating dry or dehydrated skin, implementing palm oil in your skincare routine, or by utilizing products containing it, you’ll eliminate and lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and encourage cell regeneration. Palm oil’s benefits are nearly endless!

When purchasing or investing in palm oil for hair or skin benefits, make sure you’re using palm oil from companies or brands who ethically and sustainable source this product. But in such a varied industry filled with organizations whose sources of palm oil only reap deforestation and habitat destruction, how do you know you’re receiving this ingredient from a dependable and beneficial source? Visit Natural Habitat’s sustainability page to learn what to look for at the store.

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