How to Reap the Rewards of Nature’s Most Versatile Moisturizer
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Olive Oil makes for much more than a delicious salad dressing; it also provides numerous benefits for our bodies and skin. More and more, Olive Oil is popping up on the ingredients lists of skin care products, and it’s no wonder—Olive Oil at once moisturizes, repairs, and protects. Gentle, luxurious, and packed with antioxidants, this powerhouse ingredient is ideal for even the most sensitive skin types. In this post, we explore exactly how Olive Oil benefits our skin and learn how to make it work for our specific skin care needs.
But first, how is Olive Oil made?
The process of making Olive Oil is actually quite complex. Derived from the fat of olives, Olive Oil has been made for thousands of years, with varying techniques passed down through the ages. First, ripe olives are harvested; ripe olives ensure that the tastiest and most nutrient-rich oil will be produced.
Then, once all stems and leaves are removed and the olives are washed, they get pressed. The olives (and their pits) get crushed, essentially, to make a paste into which water is slowly added. A centrifuge separates the olive paste from the oil and water. The oil and water then also get separated until you’re left with Olive Oil, which is then filtered.
How will Olive Oil benefit my skin?
Olive Oil has been used for centuries for its soothing and moisturizing qualities. From Cleopatra to Sophia Loren to Miranda Kerr, beauties throughout the ages have turned to this oil for its healing and protective qualities.
Packed with antioxidants, Olive Oil acts as a natural moisturizer. Anti-aging powerhouse Vitamin E smoothes the skin, protects against UV rays, and can even help repair damage caused by the sun, cigarette smoke, and other environmental pollutants. Vitamin K, meanwhile, helps diminish redness and the appearance of broken capillaries.
What exactly makes Olive Oil so special for anti-aging purposes, though?
Olive Oil also contains the powerful and rare antioxidant hydroxytyrosol, which is gentle enough for all skin types. Here’s what it does:
- Slows the aging process
- Neutralizes free radicals, which can lead to wrinkles and signs of aging
- Protects from UV damage and environmental pollutants
- Brightens and evens out skin tone
- Reduces redness and irritation due to anti-inflammatory properties
And now for the superstar—squalene. Occurring naturally in the body, squalene creates a barrier between the environment and our skin, allowing it to better retain moisture. After the age of 30, our squalene production drops drastically. By applying it topically, though, we can still take advantage of its many benefits, which include:
- Antioxidant properties, which prevent signs of aging
- Moisturizing and healing qualities for dry, irritated skin
- Easy absorption
- Eczema and psoriasis relief
- Antibacterial properties
How else can Olive Oil be used?
Olive Oil is for more than just the face; it can also serve as a body moisturizer. With colder, drier weather upon us, our skin may be in need of a little extra TLC. Try rubbing a small amount of Olive Oil onto damp skin after a warm bath. It will feel luxurious and leave you with super-soft, silky skin. If you’re suffering from itchiness or sunburn, the oil will help relieve irritation and soothe peeling skin.
To reap the many rewards of Olive Oil, try our powerful, yet gentle Ayour Body Toning Serum. This serum contains ECOCERT-accredited organic, food-grade Moroccan Olive Oil that we proudly source from the same women-owned, ethically managed co-ops that we get our Prickly Pear Seed and Argan oils from. While the Olive Oil combats wrinkles and discoloration, Cucumber Seed Oil detoxifies the skin and Prickly Pear Seed Oil promotes faster cell turnover. Lavender, Neroli, and Frankincense essential oils make for a truly relaxing aromatherapeutic experience.