Most of us grew up with at least one bottle of olive oil in the kitchen at all times. Olive oil is touted as one of the healthiest cooking oils, but it also packs some serious beauty benefits. Since the days of Cleopatra, women (and men) have been slathering themselves in olive oil. But what is it that makes olive oil such a valued beauty tool? Let’s find out.
As the name explains, olive oil comes from olives. The olives are pressed to extract the magical oil. This oil is rich in anti-inflammatory and strengthening fatty acids. It is also rich in skin-nourishing Vitamin E, an amazing antioxidant that protects the skin. Along with Vitamin E, olive oil also contains a slew of other free-radical fighting antioxidants that protect against environmental damage and can actually reverse some signs of sun damage.
When it comes to moisturizing and nourishing, it doesn’t get much better than olive oil. This rich oil contains an emollient known as squalene, which has a softening and moisturizing effect on the skin. Olive oil’s healthy fats make it a wonderful oil to use on dry skin as they keep the skin moisturized and prevent it from drying out. The oil also promotes healthy skin renewal, and can smooth and soften rough, dry skin.
As amazing as olive oil is for the skin, it also works wonders on hair, transforming dry, brittle locks into smooth shiny strands.
Ready to experience the wonderful world of olive oil? Here are some of our favorite products that use it.
Jane Iredale Balance Antioxidant Hydration Spray – Give new life to dull skin with this brightening toning and setting mist. The formula balances the skin’s pH and will soothe the skin, brighten the complexion, and minimize pores.
Phytomer Douceur Intemporelle Restorative Shield Cream – This powerful anti-aging cream contains olive oil, plankton extract and vitamin B5 to moisturize, soften lines, and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier.
Strivectin Ultimate Restore Deep Repair Mask – Soften, strengthen, and smooth dry, dehydrated, or damaged hair with this intensive hair treatment that works on the hair and scalp.
Jack Black Turbo Wash Energizing Cleanser – Men can also take advantage of olive oil’s benefits with this refreshing hair and body wash that detoxifies, cleanses, and soothes.
Dermalogica Precleanse – Easily remove any remnants of the day with this plant-based cleansing oil that easily melts off makeup, sunscreen, pollutants, oil, and anything else that builds up during the day.
Murad Rapid Age Reform Collagen Infusion – This antioxidant-rich lotion boosts hydration and plumps out fine lines to improve the texture and tone of the face, neck, and chest.