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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Red Palm Oil as a moisturizer?

I've been using unrefined red palm oil as a moisturizer for about a year. I dab just a little on my face at night before bed. I discovered red palm oil when I saw an ad for an upscale face cream. I found out that the cream was very expensive and way out of my budget. I did some research and found out the main ingredient was red palm oil. So I bought some red palm oil to try.

The brand name cream supposedly is all natural. According to it's website it is supposed to fight aging, prevent the onset of dry crepe paper skin, restore the skin's oils that have been lost due to aging, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and give the skin a moist radiant glow. They boast that it is full of tocopherols and antioxidants.

Red Palm Oil is full of vitamin E, vitamin A, Vitamin K, and COQ10. Vitamin E is itself an antioxidant. I found that it does temporarily help in the reduction in appearance of "crepe paper skin" and fine wrinkles. Unrefined Red Palm Oil is an inexpensive, natural moisturizer.

Palm Oil is, however, shrouded by controversy. Rainforests are supposedly being deforested to make way for the palm tree plantations. This of course has an environmental impact. With such a heavy concern over climate change, many people are opposed to the use of palm oil and it's derivatives. One jar of red palm oil lasts a long time, so when the jar I have runs out I may research the effectiveness of other oils.

I searched a couple of local health food stores and was unable to find unrefined red palm oil. It is available on Amazon with a range of prices.


  1. Red Palm Oil is truly a raw oil. It is cold pressed and has an extensive shelf life of 5 years. Originates from West Africa and widely used in South American, Caribbean and African dishes. I have been using the Rainforest Red Palm oil for some time now and I am highly impressed with its potency and richness of the oil. The red color also makes an attractive change to any dish requiring oil. For those of you using red palm oil as a moisturizer, then this is best quality red palm oil available. Do not be fooled by low grade palm at low prices. Always use the best one.
    The red palm oil I use is not sold in stores. You will have to go to
    This one is certified organic, produced from sustainable agriculture, and Fair Trade. Here the environment is a key component for the high quality product.

    1. I bought orangutan safe West African Palm Oil the other day, and I am amazed at how fast my skin became soft and supple. I live in the desert southwest. This place dries skin up beyond belief. This palm oil is fantastic!

  2. Palm oil is back! After years of exile by misinformation, health-conscious people are embracing palm oil for its many unique qualities.

  3. I purchased Red Palm Oil from as well as Coconut Oil and Bio-Oil. The Red Palm oil will stain your PJ's so be sure to wear old one's. I have only been using it a short time but can tell a difference in my arms.

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  6. I live in Liberia and learned about red oil as a moisturizer through a web search. I have been using the oil made here in Liberia made by the Liberians for consumption as a night time moisturizer for about 3 months. My skin was looking leathery and as I looked around many of my Liberian age mates seem to be suffering from the same issue. But, palm oil has saved the day. The leathery look has left and my skin has taken on a youthful texture. My American friends came to visit for New Years day and marveled at the softness of my skin. One lady remarked almost in a whisper, "Your skin is so soft." Use palm oil as a moisturizer it definitely works.