May 03, 2021 4 min read
Olive oil is a kitchen staple. Chances are there is a bottle in your kitchen cabinet right now, as it is used in so many simple recipes. While everyone is familiar with olive oil and has definitely used this ingredient at least once, many have not considered olive oil as a solution to their skin concerns. In fact, plenty are even surprised to learn that olive oil can be applied to their skin and has many other benefits and uses!
Olive Oil is made by pressing olives and extracting their oil. The use of olive oil goes beyond the kitchen and has many capabilities for various uses.Olive oil has been a go-to oil option as it is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and monounsaturated fats.
When considering adding oil to your skincare regimen, one of the first points of concern should be if that oil is comedogenic or not. This is the case because part of maintaining healthy and acne-free skin is to avoid clogging the pores. If you apply highly comedogenic oil to the skin you are likely to clog the pores and as a result experience a breakout, especially if you suffer from acne-prone skin. Olive oil has a moderate comedogenic level of 2 when used by itself. A level 2 on a scale of 1-5 is not a recipe for disaster, however, those with sensitive or acne-prone skin should approach with caution. It is possible to lower the comedogenic level by adding mineral oil to olive oil, diluting to a concentration of 25%.
Olive oil is high inantioxidants. This is very beneficial because it can help protect or reverse damage caused by UV radiation. Olive oil also contains vitamins E and K and protects the skin from free radicals and environmental damage. Additionally, the present antioxidants and vitamins help fade scars by aiding in skin cell regeneration.
It is important to replenish the skin with moisture. Olive oil has very high traces ofsqualene. While many other vegetable oils contain squalene, olive oil contains the highest. This is important because squalene is an oil that mimics the natural sebum found in the skin. This results in a balancing act to regulate the skin's oil and leaves the skin feeling extra smooth and soft.
If you are prone this can be a bonus. Olive oil kills bacteria that leads to acne. Additionally, the antibacterial properties that help remove bacteria from the skin also treats infections.
Not only is olive oil a good enhancement for dinner and potential addition to your skincare regimen, but it can also benefit to your hair care regimen as well. Olive oil is very popular in the hair care industry, showing up on the ingredients labels of many products.Havingmany ways to be used in the hair, olive oil is praised to add shine, moisture, and strength, amongst many other things. It is important to remember that not all hair types can handle the same things, therefore, finer and more oily hair may not take olive oil as well as thicker hair types.
Olive oil is a good conditioning oil. The vitamin E present in olive oil enhances moisture when it comes to hair as it keeps the moisture in and helps protect the hair strands from free radicals.
Olive oil leaves the hair feeling strong while remaining healthy. Olive oil is able to penetrate deep into the hair shaft to preserve the moisture in the hair.
Olive oil tends to leave the hair looking very shiny. This is likely a result of the oil smoothing out the outer cuticle of the hair.
You may not want to jump right in and slather olive oil all over your skin. In fact, before committing to olive oil (or any new addition to your skincare regimen) be sure to test the product on a small patch of the skin so that you are able to monitor your skin's reaction.Once your skin gives you the green light to proceed, there are many ways to get good use out of olive oil that is not in the kitchen, which is why you will notice olive oil listed in many lotions, face washes, etc.
When buying olive oil, keep in mind the quality of the olive oil, as in this case it truly matters. Be aware of oil blends as opposed to pure olive oil. The quality of olive oil can decline if damaged due to excessive heat, light, or oxygen if overripe or improper storage. Be sure to choose your olive oil with the label of certification from International Olive Council.
Olive oil is an ingredient that we use in many of our products, as it has many benefits to the hair, skin, and body.
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