Watch Your Diet

WHAT we eat has a direct impact on skin health. When we consume foods rich in antioxidants, the level of antioxidants in our skin, in particular vitamin E, increases.

According to a paper by food scientist Dr Aubrey Parsons, who is also head of Research & Development at Nimue Skin, South Africa, on average, vitamin E in skin comprised 87 per cent alpha tocopherol, nine per cent gamma-tocopherol, three per cent gamma-tocotrienol and one per cent alpha-tocotrienol. The low percentage of tocotrienols in skin is probably due to the little amount present in food we eat.

The good news is palm oil is rich in tocotrienols, carotene, lycopene, co-enzyme Q10 and Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

With this increasing awareness of the benefits of palm oil, there is all the more reason to use the oil in cooking. Interestingly, a major egg producer in the country, Liang Kee Farm offers LKFresh Low Cholesterol Eggs, enriched with tocotrienol and carotenes that‘s 25 per cent lower in cholesterol content compared to regular eggs.

Apart from using palm oil in our cooking, we can also apply it directly to skin. Massage it into skin as you would a moisturiser and it will help protect skin from antioxidants.