How to Use Red Palm Oil for Your Skin and Hair
Did you know you can use red palm oil in your beauty routine? Get ready for your body care to be revolutionized because I’m going to show you how to use red palm oil for your skin and hair and discuss all the amazing benefits that come with it!
What is Red Palm Oil
Red palm oil comes from the fruit of the tropical oil palm (Elaeis guineensis), which grows in parts of Africa and the rainforests of Asia. It’s important to source your red palm oil carefully because some producers of palm oil destroy rainforests and produce an unhealthy refined product. You can read more about The Environmental Impacts Of Palm Oil Production.
Wildly Organic Red Palm Oil is carefully selected from growers that care for the surrounding rainforests and make sure that they stay intact, and they ensure that their products are completely natural and unrefined! In fact, Wildly Organic’s red palm oil is RSPO certified, which ensures that the red palm oil is sustainably produced!
Red Palm Oil Benefits for Skincare
There are so many great benefits of red palm oil and that doesn’t just go for cooking. In addition to the kitchen, use red palm oil in your hair and skincare routine.
Red palm oil is a good source of antioxidants, which can help to reduce appearances of aging and protect your skin.
Red Palm oil is also high in saturated fat. This means that red palm oil can get fairly solid when cool, unlike many seed oils. Oils that are high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, on the other hand, are chemically unstable in high amounts! This includes oils like flaxseed, corn, soybean, and sunflower.
Many of these oils are also highly refined in a multi-step extraction process that includes bleaching, adding solvents, hydrogenation, de-odorizing, re-flavoring, and adding preservatives.
Red palm oil is special because it isn’t highly processed (if you know where to buy it!) unlike regular palm oil or refined seed oils. Instead, it’s a natural saturated fat. Saturated fats (like cacao butter and coconut oil) are chemically stable. This makes them better for your skin and hair because they don’t oxidize when they’re exposed to air, heat, or your body! Instead, they soak in, protecting and nourishing your hair and skin. (source)
When choosing your skin oils, it really is a no-brainer to choose all-natural, skin-healthy products over-processed, toxin-filled products.
Red palm oil is also special because it contains the tocopherol form of vitamin E, along with another, rarer form of vitamin E known as tocotrienols. This helps to protect your skin from the sun (along with the squalene and flavonoids found in the oil) and can reduce the appearance of scars. (source)
And did you know that red palm oil is red because of the same thing that gives carrots, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes their color? It’s called carotenoids. Red palm oil actually has the highest amount of carotenoids found in nature! While this means that you might find a little bit of red coloring on your skin, the carotenoids also help to protect your skin from UV rays, even protecting your skin down to the cellular level as it soaks in.
The hue of red palm oil is also how you can tell that the oil you’re getting is minimally processed! If it’s gone through a harsh refining process, the carotenoids and the red color will fade away (along with the tocopherols and tocotrienols!). Make sure your red palm oil is quality oil for your skin by looking at what color it is!
Finally, red palm oil has CoQ10, which is found naturally in your body. But your CoQ10 levels decrease as you age. What this means is that adding CoQ10 to your beauty regime can actually reduce the appearances of aging! It’s also another antioxidant that can protect your skin and help it to increase elasticity and collagen. This is why CoQ10 is a major ingredient of many anti-aging creams and serums. (source)
How to Use Red Palm Oil on your Skin
Not everyone can tolerate red palm oil on their face since it can cause breakouts and clogged pores, but this is based on your skin type so try it out! Some people who get clogged pores from coconut oil can use red palm oil on their face with no problem.
You can also apply red palm oil to your skin after a shower (when your skin is still wet) to help lock in moisture and nourish your skin. You might see a light shade of red left on your skin, but this washes off! Also, note that the red palm oil might leave your nails with a slight yellow tint temporarily.
I have light skin and at first, I was a little bit worried about the bright orange color. But for me, after rubbing it in well, the red palm oil left a sort of healthy, sun-kissed, shimmery glow on my skin, almost like an all-natural tanning lotion! It also made my skin feel incredibly soft and luxurious.
How to Use Red Palm Oil for your Hair
There are a few different ways you can use red palm oil to moisturize and smooth your hair. Before a shower, you can take a small amount (about the size of a quarter) your hands and apply it from the ends of your hair up to just below your roots. Let it sit on your hair for 10-15 minutes, then take a shower and wash your hair like normal. It might color clothes or sheets so be careful while it’s on your hair.
You can also use red palm oil as a leave-in conditioner and end protector. Just take a small amount (about the size of a dime) and rub it into the ends of your hair. This can help protect against split ends and frizziness! I loved how silky it made my hair feel right after applying the oil to my ends.
If you have light-colored hair, you might want to test leaving it on a section of your hair first to make sure it doesn’t leave a tint in your hair. I have light blonde tips, and I make sure to just use a tiny bit of red palm oil. Once I rub it all in there isn’t any orange color visible. If you have extremely light hair, however, you might want to wash your hair after applying the oil and avoid using it as a leave-in conditioner.
Any time you try a new haircare regime, give it about two weeks to see how your hair reacts, and if it doesn’t work great then try changing to something else. Remember, everyone is different! Some people have hair that loves oil before each shower, some people find that their hair gets weighed down by too much oil, and some people need lots of oil after a shower to tame the frizz. Take some time to experiment and see what your hair likes best!
Whatever type of hair or skin you have, try adding Wildly Organic Red Palm Oil to your routine and enjoy what a difference all-natural hair and skin care can make!