OLIVE OIL AND BEAUTY
or centuries, olive oil has been recognized as an amazing substance, a beautiful gift with many uses. Olive oil beautifies, protects, and rejuvenates skin.
We now know more about the different ingredients that work toward healthier skin: vitamin E, vitamin K, phenols, and squalene.
Although they weren’t aware of the scientific knowledge we have today, the Greeks were among the first to cultivate, appreciate, and use olive oil extensively.
At the first Olympic Games in 776 BC, winners received olive tree branches cut with a gold-handled knife—an offering of peace.
But the ancient Greeks also used olive oil in cosmetics. They loved beauty, considering it a blessing and a gift from the gods.
Some of the beauty benefits of olive oil
Olive oil provides moisture to dry hair very well. One of the easiest ways to incubate your hair with olive oil is to add a few tablespoons of olive oil to your shampoo. This home hair care is very simple and easy to do but will give you softer and healthier hair.
Olive oil contains high level of polyphenols, vitamin E, and phytosterols, which have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory functions. This oil helps to protect the skin from sun damage and enhances the skin’s ability to retain moisture.
Several studies show that olive oil has antibacterial properties and it’s used to treat skin infections caused by bacteria. Many people treat acne with a Mediterranean diet and use olive oil in their dishes.
Squalene and Squalane in Cosmetics
Squalene is a natural compound present in the outer layer of our skin, making up roughly 10% of our serum; it is a lipid that protects us from environmental toxins and helps to retain moisture.
The richest source that people have cultivated, however, comes from sharks, followed by extra-virgin olive oil. Squalane can come from either source; they are chemically identical.
Our natural squalene contributes to hydrating the body, but after age thirty or so, the body levels start declining, and by age fifty, the production levels drop.
This hydrogenated state is called “squalane”; it is a more stable, colorless oil with exceptional moisturizing properties. Cosmetic manufacturers use it extensively for making face creams, foundation, eye and hair products, and lipsticks.
The preferred option for cosmetics would be squalane made from olives, not to mention that continuing to target sharks for their squalene, slaughtering the sharks for their liver contents is a real concern for the environment and an act of cruelty.
Check this Italianraw page for some tricks and suggestions on how to use olive oil for your daily beauty care.
Vitamin E, vitamin K, phenols, and squalene and much more. Here’s a list of the key nutrients of olive oil that are good for your health and beauty.