Harvesting Phytonutrients in Palm Oil for Cosmetic Products
The public has spotlighted the use of palm oil as a raw material for personal care and cosmetics products such as makeup, and skincare in recent times. Even though the practice of processing palm oil in cosmetic products has long been carried out by the global manufacturing industry, such as L’Oréal, Unilever, Estée Lauder, P&G, and others, as well as the domestic industry.
Indonesia as the largest palm oil producer in the world also gets benefits from the abundant availability of raw materials for use in the domestic cosmetic industry. Apart from its low price (due to its high productivity), palm oil also has various advantages and multifunction both to beautify yourself and also maintain skin health.
This is also agreed by cosmetics industry players. The daily chairperson of Perhimpunan Perusahaan dan Asosiasi Kosmetika Indonesia (PPAK Indonesia), Kusuma Ida Anjani, in a Webinar initiated by APOLIN and Majalah Sawit Indonesia (25/3) stated that the reason for using palm oil as a cosmetic ingredient because is relatively safe to use on various skin types and ages, able to maintain skin moisturize and softness, and also have a cleansing function. With these advantages and functions, palm oil components are contained in various cosmetic products such as lipsticks, moisturizers, foundations, skincare, soaps, shampoos, and many more.
This webinar was also attended by IOPRI researcher in the field of Product Processing and Quality, Ahmad Gazali, who explained the phytonutrient content in palm oil, which can be used by cosmetic products so that they can provide benefits, especially for skin health. The high beta-carotene content in palm oil, which can be used as a precursor to Pro-vitamin A, has proven beneficial to protects the skin against the sun’s broad spectrum of harmful UV rays and free radicals.
Apart from being rich in beta-carotene, palm oil also contains other phytonutrients such as Tocotrienols and Tocopherols, or Vitamin E. This content can be used as a moisturizer for dehydrated skin so that can return its skin moisture. Not only that, but vitamin E also has other benefits are increasing collagen production so that skin elasticity can be maintained, a faster ability to healing the sunburn skin caused by UV rays, and camouflage stretch marks and dark spots on the skin.
Squalene is also one of the phytonutrient components found in palm oil. These components can provide benefits for the skin, such as moisturizing the skin, especially for sensitive skin, increasing nutrition in skin sebum, and repairing skin damage caused by UV rays. Besides that, Squalene also has other characteristics such as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor, so it is effective against skin damage from free radicals, able to regenerate and rejuvenating skin, as well as can treat acne and oily skin. With these various advantages, it has no wonder that skin care or personal care products that containing Squalene are booming and become the current product trend on the market.
Apart from those phytonutrient components mentioned above, palm oil also contains Ubiquinone, which has also benefits for skin health. The benefits are to reduce wrinkles and to be able to heal the inflammation and anti-aging when used in combination with carotenoids. The anti-aging properties contained in Ubiquinone are gaining popularity in skin care products such as moisturizers and eye creams to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
The development of cosmetic products, both in make-up and skincare which contains of various phytonutrient components in palm oil are proven to give benefits for skin health must be optimized. Because to utilize changing of market preferences and trends in the use of natural cosmetic products which are in high demand by global consumers.
IOPRI also took advantage of this market opportunity by developing cosmetic products based on palm oil with the Guineensis label. These cosmetic products contain active ingredients of red palm oil (olein) which are high in antioxidants and multivitamins such as Karetonoid, Vitamin E, Tokotrienol, Squalene, Phytosterol, and Ubiquinone. Besides that, the use of red palm oil which is low in palmitic acid also has other benefits for cosmetics product is safe for use by all skin types because it is non-comedogenic.
The high consumer awareness of skin health and preference for natural ingridients of cosmetic products are expected to be an incentive for encourages the domestic manufacturing industry, both companies and MSMEs, to utilize palm oil as a raw material for their cosmetic products. The use of palm oil as a local resource as a raw material for their products is also in line with the focus of the Ministry of Industry of the Republic of Indonesia that aims to create national independence for the cosmetics industry through import substitution. Not only creating independence, the use of palm oil which is rich in phytonutrients in Indonesian cosmetic products is also expected to drive the national economy.
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