Olive Oil Skin Care
Olive oil is a source of squalene, which is then hydrogenated into squalane, a derivative that is less easily prone to oxidation. Squalane used to be only available from sharks, but is also available in a very effective and more ecologically friendly form made from olive oil. Natural squalene is also found in the sebum of human skin, and functions as an oxygen carrier.
Olive oil is well known to offer health benefits when used in conjunction with a healthy diet. The high proportion of vitamin E and other antioxidants help fight free radicals (byproducts of metabolism which are dangerous and aging to your cells). This is also true when it is used topically.
As a part of a healthy diet, olive oil is a monounsaturated fat, which can lower your risk of heart disease by lowering the LDL cholesterol levels in your blood.
Extra virgin olive oil is the healthiest form, because it is the least processed and contains the highest level of polyphenols. Polyphenols are known to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticoagulant actions in the body. Other antioxidants and benefits contained in olive oil include vitamin E, flavonoids, chlorophyll, squalene and carotenoids.
The fat composition of olive oil is very similar to the fat composition of human skin, so it is absorbed quickly and helps the skin moisture content. Particularly good for dry skin, even those with oily skin can use it in moderation to balance excess sebum production. Very few people have an allergy to topically applied olive oil.
The antioxidants work with the skin like they do in the body, protecting the skin from free radicals in the environment.
Extra virgin olive oil contains the highest proportion of antioxidants, and you should buy the best quality for olive oil skin care.
There are some lovely and luxurious olive oil skin care products on the market today, thanks to the trend toward natural skin care.
But, you don't need to reinvent the wheel!
Try a scrub with olive oil in the shower, shave with it, smooth it on after your shower, pour it in your bath water, rub it on to dry elbows, knees, or anywhere else that needs softening or moisture. You'll wonder what you ever did without it!
Grab bottle from the kitchen cupboard and try some treatments you can make yourself!