Today, its use covers stretch mark therapy, acne therapy and anti-aging therapy. Most people likely use olive oil as a food condiment but in fact, it has far more use than just a dip with bread or on your plate of spaghetti.
The most expensive olive oil product is usually labeled as “extra virgin”or “cold pressed”, because extra virgin olive oil is extracted from the first pressing of olives. It is not processed and it is the purest of olive oil extract. So if you are buying any bottle of extra virgin olive oil for cooking, you’ll be pleased to know that it is the healthiest type of oil for cooking. Even skin products labeled as “extra virgin” are more expensive, have more nutritional compounds for skin health and are far better at helping to improve the appearance of your skin.
There are a variety of antioxidants in olive oil including Vitamin A and E, but the most potent compound is hydroxytyrosol — a very rare but potent antioxidant found in olive oil that prevents free radical damage on skin cells. This compound also absorbs deeply into the skin and is suitable for all skin types. For this reason, olive oil has very potent anti-inflammatory properties and used in a variety of products
The high content of antioxidants in olive oil makes anti-aging and anti-wrinkle cream particularly useful.
The antioxidants also work really well as moisturizers because the hydrophilic properties of these antioxidants allow it to form a protective barrier that traps moisture on your skin. Lots of skin products use synthetic chemicals to moisturizer, but they clog your pores, and are carcinogenic in some cases. For this reason, olive oil can be applied on your face, and its deep penetrating properties not only moisturize your skin but also help brighten your skin.
To use olive oil on your face, just follow these simple steps:
Alternatively, you can create a moisturizing face mask with olive oil, honey and egg. Leave it on your face for 15 minutes daily. You will begin to see results even after a few days of application.
Exfoliating skin helps remove clogged pores and dead skin cells. Olive oil can be used for this purpose because it does not clog pores, smoothens your skin texture, and softens your skin due to its antioxidant properties.
Fortunately, there is an easy way of exfoliating your skin the natural way. Just mix a little bit of olive oil and sea salt on your palm. Use extra virgin olive oil for best results. Rub it evenly and then apply it over dry skin to remove dead skin cell layers.
Olive oil is very gentle and non-irritating even on the most sensitive of skin. Just remember to stay away from cheap products that imitate olive oil products as olive oil is very easy to counterfeit.