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Olive Oil and Your Skin

Olive oil as a beauty staple

Extra virgin olive oil has long been a staple for foodies but is now seen as a key ingredient in skin-care and beauty products everywhere.

Olive oil's role in skincare shouldn’t be classified as new "maybe," but as a resurgence. Documentation shows it was used as far back as ancient Egypt to cleanse and moisturise the body. Thanks to science, we now know the beauty secrets of the olive and how it benefits the skin.

Anti-ageing properties

Olive oil naturally contains squalene, an emollient produced naturally in sebum (a substance that protects and coats your skin) as it is produced by your own skin cells.

Peak production of sebum, a natural moisturiser, occurs in your early years with production slowing down around 25. As a result, as we get older we become more prone to dryness, dehydration and premature ageing.

Applying olive oil that also contains squalene can help maintain the skin’s protective barrier because it mimics our body's natural oils and can quickly penetrate deep into the skin.

I like to think of squalene as a bodyguard for the skin: a part of your natural oils that protects the skin barrier.

When your skin's protective barrier is weakened, less moisture is retained and more irritants can get in causing redness, dryness or dullness.

Squalene also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and works as an antioxidant. Antioxidants may help fight ageing by protecting the skin from UV rays and free radicals, which damage skin cells and the skin’s natural collagen.

Olive oil also contains another antioxidant (Vitamin E) which also reduces UV damage to the skin. UV light and sun exposure reduce vitamin E levels in the skin leaving it more prone to dryness and damage.

Luckily, vitamin E is easily absorbed into the skin. Topical use in products (such as olive oil) can increase the amount of vitamin E stored within the sebaceous glands.

What's the best way to introduce olive oil into your skin-care routine?

Olive oil is a great emollient; it helps to nourish and seal moisture into the skin. Because oil sits on top of the skin, it is best applied last in your skincare routine.

Most beauty experts recommend applying it after your moisturiser to act as a top coat that works to seal all the products that are underneath.

When compared to other beauty oils, olive oil can be on the heavier side so it has the most benefit if your skin is on the drier side.  You can still use olive oil on combination or oily skin if you live in a dry climate but may need to choose between a face oil or moisturiser.

The best way to apply face oil is by patting a few small drops on your face in the evening.  You don’t want to use too much since oils spread very easily, so only a few drops are needed to do the trick.

We recommend always using extra virgin olive oil (as opposed to "light," "pure" or other processed oils) to ensure that all the antioxidants and vitamins retained during the oil processing benefit the skin.

Applied properly, EVOO adds a subtle glow to your skin while keeping it soft and smooth. You'll be left wondering why you haven't been doing this all along!

What else can it do?

Extra virgin olive oil can be applied to other areas of your body that are exposed to harsh soaps or are prone to dryness.  It can work as an amazing oil for cuticles, dry elbows or feet.  Or, dab olive oil on dry lips instead of a lipbalm.

Olive oil can also be used as a makeup remover.  You can use it alongside your cleanser to help gently remove those products that might need a little extra help, such as waterproof mascara or long-lasting eyeliners and foundations.

Tip: Next time you use our Smooth EVOO, add a few drops to your hands for some seriously yummy skinfood.

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