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Olive Oil: From Dinner Table to Beauty Counter
Olive oil’s lush history is as deep and rich as the golden hued substance itself. Native to Mediterranean countries, ancient cultures used olive oil for a variety of every day purposes such as food, fuel, beauty and possibly currency, and evidence suggests production began over 5,000 years ago. Revered for its health benefits, olive oil is the number one recommended fat for cooking and is now a staple of modern kitchens, but olive oil’s health benefits don’t stop with food. Olive oil is used to maintain the health of skin, nails and hair.
Dry skin leads to redness, flaking and cracking, especially in dry climates. Olive oil’s ability to penetrate deep into the skin to deliver nutrients and hydration restores skin’s suppleness. Olive oil paired with a gentle exfoliant like sea salt or sugar also helps renew skin’s natural glow by removing dead cells without stripping skin of its natural oils.
Vitamin E, polyphenols and phytosterols make up olive oil’s antioxidant triple threat. Polyphenols are micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) imperative for health while phytosterols (a compound similar to cholesterol) encourages the production of new collagen. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals; free radicals damage healthy cells, which leads to the loss of collagen and elastin. When collagen and elastin production breaks down, skin begins to sag and wrinkle. Vitamin E is also known to restore smoothness to skin.
Olive has been found to contain a natural anti-inflammatory chemical, and it is believed the anti-inflammatory properties are effective with both ingestion and topical application. Inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis some types of dermatitis and eczema can cause redness, itchiness and sometimes pain in people of all ages. Olive oil soothes the irritation caused by these conditions.
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Incorporate olive oil into your beauty diet for soft, youthful skin. Did you know olive oil was so good for skin? What products do you use on a daily basis that you were surprised to see olive oil as an ingredient?