Olive Oil

Olive oil is the nutrient-rich oil present in the olive fruit. Native to the Mediterranean region, the Arabian Peninsula and southern Asia, olive oil provided a remedy for wounds as well as a source of heating, cooking and light since ancient times. This plant-based oil is associated with good health. The first vegetable based soaps were made from olive oil in Castile, Spain – an area noted for its abundant olive oil. The term castile soap is synonymous with olive oil soap. Olive oil is antioxidant, antibacterial and moisturizing.

Benefits of Olive Oil for Skin:

  • Antioxidant and cancer-fighting properties. Studies suggest that olive oil is rich in antioxidants which may reverse the risk of cancer in the skin. This results from the protective and cell regenerative capabilities of antioxidants which reduce the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation on the skin. One of olive oil’s most abundant antioxidant compounds is called squalene.
  • Antibacterial and cleansing properties. Olive oil contains important antibacterial properties which cleanse and protect the skin. This oil also reduces bacteria that may cause acne. When applied to the skin, particularly in soaps and other natural cleansers, the result is skin that looks and feels healthier.
  • Moisturizing and nourishing. Moisture is essential in the skin since it promotes skin elasticity and general health. Olive oil moisturizes the skin while adding nutrients which include vitamins A, D, E and K. These vitamins, some of which are antioxidants, soften the skin and protect it from ultraviolet (UV) damage and premature aging. They also encourage cell regeneration which makes your skin look younger.
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