Olive Oil

Written by Dr. Emma, MD
Edited by Marc Gamboa

People are becoming more and more conscious towards their health and general physical appearance.  The use of natural ingredients in skin care products has tremendously increased over the past few years. One of the most popular amongst them is olive oil. Since ancient times, it has been used for health and beauty purposes. This super oil is packed full of anti-oxidants, poly-unsaturated fats, vitamins and nutrients, a strong reason for its popularity.

Use of olive oil in food or as a topical agent can protect you from harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun and other environmental pollutants. Olive oil is also well-known for its hands softening, curing hang nails, creating soft and shiny hairs, relieving dry and rough skin and treating dandruff action.  Have a look at beauty benefits it provides…

Antioxidant Protection

Olive oil is loaded with vitamin E, phytosterols and polyphenols, the well-known anti-oxidants. These anti-oxidants work as a shield and provide a barrier against external harmful factors. They combat with harmful free radicals and destroy them that otherwise cause massive damage to the skin. Hydroxytyrosol is an active ingredient of olive oil that performs its scavenging action against free radicals. Vitamin E also accounts for its renowned anti-aging action.

Doesn’t Clog Pores

One of the exacerbating factors induced by all commercial moisturizers is their pore clogging function. They close the mouth of skin pores resulting in blockage of normal sebum secretions, resulting in various skin problems. However, unlike those synthetic moisturizers olive oil provides moisturization through its cleansing effect, without clogging of skin pores.

Exfoliating agent

Exfoliation means “normal turnover of skin dead cells from its upper surface” and the substances involved in this process are called exfoliators. The normal exfoliation rate of skin decreases with age that leads to dry, rough skin, especially around the neck and face. Olive oil is also known for its strong exfoliation action as it increases the normal turnover of skin cells resulting in new, smooth and glowing skin.

Improves skin elasticity

Beside lungs, the most adverse effect of cigarette smoking is narrowing of blood vessels due to loss of their elasticity. Cigarette smoke and other environmental pollutants like heavy metals also affect skin elasticity in the same manner. Do not limit yourself using olive oil in your diet only; rather also use it to massage your skin as it is an excellent hydrating and moisturizing substance that helps promote skin elasticity.

Helps remove makeup

Women know that after a long busy day, removing their makeup can be hard especially when it is water proof. Though several commercial wipes and makeup removers are available, no one can match olive oil in its action. Olive oil, due to its high lipid content, readily breaks down stubborn water resistant makeup without any additional effort. Plus point is, you don’t have to use moisturizer (thanks to olive oil).

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