Some of the potential benefits of Extra Virgin olive oil for the skin include:
Extra Virgin Olive oil acts as an antioxidant. Oxidation is a process that can produce free radicals, which are chemicals that can potentially damage cells and may contribute to to the development of cancer. When applied to the skin, antioxidants may prevent premature aging.
Extra Virgin Olive oil contains the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Some of these vitamins are beneficial for the skin. E.g. people have used vitamin E oil topically to treat a variety of skin conditions, including psoriasis and eczema.
Extra Virgin Olive oil has been shown to have antibacterial properties. Research has fund that it may improve healing in people with foot ulcers caused by type 2 diabetes.
Extra Virgin Olive oil is a popular natural moisturizer that is often used to soften both skin and hair
Given olive oil’s high fat content, it has a thicker, more viscous texture that doesn’t evaporate as
quickly as some other oils do.
How to use extra virgin olive oil on the skin
Extra Virgin Olive oil is an ingredient in many personal care products, including face wash, body wash, soap, moisturiser, after sun treatments, and lotions.
To exfoliate the face and body and treat areas of dry or scaly skin, you can mix extra virgin olive oil and sea salt to make a scrub. You should use fine-grained salt on the face and other sensitive areas,
and coarser grains on the rest of the body.
People with dry skin may see benefits from using an olive oil-based face mask. Extra Virgin Olive oil mixed with ingredients such as egg white, honey, or ground oats can soften and hydrate the face.
Due to its antioxidant content, Extra Virgin olive oil may reduce aging skin and wrinkles. Try Oriwa Naturals Rose and Vanilla Moisturising Balm, or use the Oriwa Naturals Makeup Remover, and leave some overnight to moisturise your face while you sleep.
The vitamins and other antioxidants in Extra Virgin olive oil may fade scars by helping skin cells to regenerate. Simply massage the Oriwa Naturals Moisturising Balm treat areas of hyperpigmentation, where the skin has darkened due to scarring.
Extra Virgin Olive oil may also be used to prevent or treat stretch marks, Oriwa Naturals moisturising Balm rubbed into areas where stretch marks may help existing stretch marks, however, to prevent them, use the balm in areas that are most likely to suffer.
Use the Best Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil you can find.
Oriwa Naturals uses Isobel Olives Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil in all their products. We know that their oil is grown using Biodynamic Practises and are organically grown. (No sprays). Always look buy from a reputable brand and look for certication. In NZ look for the red Olive Mark from Olive New Zealand.
Overseas, look for certification from the International Olive Council.
Extra Virgin Olive oil has a long history of being used in skincare. Egyptians used it alongside beeswax as a cleanser, moisturiser, and antibacterial agent since the times of the Pharaohs. Cleopatra was said to use olive oil as a skin treatment, along with her other renowned beauty
treatments such as honey facials and milk baths. Archaeological finds proving that the Minoans used olive oil in their daily lives are found everywhere in Crete. One particularly impressive
discovery is the untouched olives with the flesh preserved, found at the bottom of a cup sunk in a water cistern at the Minoan Palace of Kato Zakros. The Minoans used olive oil in their diet, as a cleanser instead of soap, as the base for scents and ointments, as a medicine, in tanning, for
lighting and to protect delicate surfaces.
Writings of major ancient philosophers and physicians such as Hippocrates andAristotle, have been analysed as part of research into the use of olive oil by the Ancient Greeks. According to the results, the use of massage, together with olive oil rub, helped to reduce muscle fatigue, to remove lactic acid, and to prevent the occurrence of sports injuries through flexibility provided to the skin of athletes. Therapeutic use of oil in the ancient world was fully recognised; and as a result Athenian sponsors of sporting events provided free oil to all sport facilities where athletes could make free use of it (Nomikos et al., 2010).
Extra virgin olive oil, is one of the world's best beauty secrets. Extra virgin olive oil has the added advantage of containing strong antioxidants, making it a natural anti-ageing ingredient. These antioxidants help fight off free radicals which attack cells and speed up the ageing process. One of these antioxidants, hydroxytyrosol, is a very rare and extremely potent polyphenol compound found in the highest concentrations in the best olive oils. Hydroxytyrosol is believed to play a significant role in the many health benefits attributed to olive oil. Studies have shown very strong anti-inflammatory activity from this compound. However, this natural antioxidant is often destroyed during processing or refining of lower quality oils which is why it is important to buy the best cold pressed oils (extra virgin) you can find.
Extra Virgin Olive oil is found in shampoos, soaps, face powders, salt scrubs, hair conditioners, lipsticks, anti-wrinkle lotions, moisturisers, eye make-up remover, cuticle & nail treatments and even eyelash oils. Adding oil to your skin will not necessarily add lots of moisture, but it will however create a barrier effect which prevents moisture from being lost. The oil traps water beneath it and prevents the loss of water through evaporation thereby making your skin feel softer and smoother.