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Good for the diet and good for the skin

Olive oil can definitely be a beauty aid, and yet not everyone should use it this way

By now it should be widely known that delectable olive oil is not only magical in preparing perfect meals but also as a beauty enhancement when used in skincare. The same healthy components that make it such a boon to the diet can bring a noticeable glow to the complexion as well.

Spanish-Oil.com covered not only the basics of how olive oil is made and its revitalising properties such as vitamins and antioxidants, but also its ability to fend off bacteria and to moisturise the skin when applied directly.

“You can find olive oil as an ingredient in a number of body moisturisers,” the article noted. “It helps in retaining the hydration of skin. Call it a ‘beauty powerhouse’.”

Extra virgin olive oil has been used for centuries to soothe or prevent dry skin due to its antibacterial and anti-ageing effects. It creates a moisture barrier that prevents water loss from the skin.

The website cites the International Olive Council in declaring olive oil “a factory of all the fat-soluble vitamins”, with vitamins A, D, E and K all available in a single spoonful.

Skin damage derives from the natural process of oxidation, so antioxidants become essential in curbing the harm and perhaps even reversing it. Olive oil contains an emollient component known as squalene that boosts its anti-oxidant action.

Bacteria is the main cause of acne, and olive oil helps fight this off. The secondary cause is moisture, and, as already noted, olive oil can control moisture levels in the skin, and in a completely natural way.

For people with dry skin, it said, olive oil is best used in a face wash. Some cosmetics, body washes, soaps and lotions use an olive oil base, but dry skin really warrants products containing extra virgin olive oil as an essential ingredient.

Beyond these products, olive oil can readily be applied directly to the skin on its own. Place just two to three drops on your palm and apply it to the face. A towel or tissue will easily dab up any excess oil.

The article advised that using olive oil in such ways is not recommended for people with dermatitis or oily skin, and nor, it said, should it be used for infants, according to “some studies” due to sensitivity issues.

“A sensitivity test is recommended before using olive oil. You can apply a small amount to the forearm and watch for the reaction. If there is no reaction or rash within one or two days, you can apply it on the face with ease and happiness.”

“If you want to use an olive oil, then look for the label of certification on the bottle of olive oil bottle.”