Beauty and Olive Oil
When you think of olive oil, it’s normally as a part of a healthy diet, not necessarily as a beauty product. But did you know that olive oil has actually been used as a moisturizer and a way to rejuvenate damaged skin for thousands of years? Olive oil is actually a natural inhibitor that helps reduce the damage done to skin cells through sun exposure and aging. It is the large amounts of vitamins A, D, K, and E that are the key source of protein that helps fight the deterioration of the skin.
Use olive oil daily in the following ways:
Exfoliation: Add a bit of olive oil to your daily bath to moisturize your entire body. Plus, to remove dead skin and enrich healthy layers below, create a mixture of olive oil and sea salt to massage into the affected areas.
Dried Nails: Give your nails a natural shine while simultaneously moisturizing your cuticles with olive oil. Simply rub a few drops into the cuticle area and dry nails will be a thing of the past.
Eye Makeup Remover: For a simple, effective, and natural eye makeup remover, use a couple drops of EVOO on a cotton pad. While effectively removing makeup without any irritation, it also helps to smooth out wrinkles around the eyes.
Dr. Nicholas Perricone, a skin care expert, says that it is the polyphenols that are one of the secrets to the many benefits olive oil provides. It is the high levels of polyphenols in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, functioning as both antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, that have a hand in reducing the risk of both breast and prostate cancer, help protect against sun damaged skin, enhance the cardiovascular system, increase the moisture retention capacity of our skin, assists in the bone development in children and the prevention of osteoporosis in adults, helps absorb food and enhances colon function, slows down the deterioration of our skin in the form of wrinkles and discoloration, and so much more.
To receive the most benefits from EVOO, Dr. Perricone recommends the liberal consumption and topical skin application of high quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil. If there was ever any doubt that olive oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil especially, is one of nature’s greatest gifts, that doubt has been wiped away!