Since ancient times olive oil has been used as a way to moisturize and help rejuvenate damaged skin.
As we age our skin deteriorates and its inner and outer layers (dermis and
epidermis) grow much thinner. The stresses and strains of aging also
cause the skin to lose elasticity, which soon becomes noticeable as
wrinkles. External factors, such as the suns rays can also speed up the
aging process by generating what are called ‘free radicals’. The good
news is that it’s possible to reduce the damage done to cells by using
‘inhibitors’ that lower the risk.
There are many creams and lotions on
the market that can help with this but if you’re looking for a natural
‘inhibitor’, you need look no further than olive oil, which has a lipid
profile very close to that of human skin.
Olive oil has a large
proportion of vitamins A, D, and K, as well as vitamin E, which is a key
source of protein needed in the fight against free radicals. This makes
olive oil particularly helpful in the fight against skin disorders such
as acne, psoriasis, ad seborrhea eczema.
More generally, olive oil can be used daily to improve the condition of skin in the following ways
As an exfoliate:
Mixing olive oil with sea salt and massaging into an affected area
helps remove dead skin and enrich the healthier layers below it. Adding
oil to a bath also helps moisturize the whole body. In nail and cuticle care:
Extra virgin olive oil is a simple solution for dry nails and cuticles.
By rubbing a few drops into the cuticle area and around the nail,
cuticles stay moist, and nails respond with a natural shine. As an eye makeup remover:
A drop or two of extra virgin olive oil on a cotton pad helps to gently
and effectively remove eye makeup without irritating the delicate skin.
Olive oil also helps to smooth wrinkles that can form around the eyes.
Besides the presence of olive oil in cooking, another important usage of
it is in beauty and skincare. It is high in antioxidants, which protect
against the physical signs of aging, and it also works to moisturize
the skin. These beneficial properties did not go unnoticed even in per-Christian times. The Ancient Egyptians used olive oil for body and
hair massages, while the Romans, Arabs, and Greeks made it a key
ingredient for soaps, perfumes, and moisturizers. Nowadays, it can be
found in products such as body lotions, soap, and shampoo. One can even
use extra-virgin olive oil by itself for beauty rituals, since it is in
its purest form and retains all of its nutrients.
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