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How Does Olive Oil Help Skin?
Olive oil is moisturizing to skin and contains vitamin E and vitamin A, fatty acids and antioxidants like squalene. That creates a protective barrier on the skin, but using pure olive oil on your skin every day for four weeks will cause an allergic reaction. So once again, too much of a good thing isn’t great either.
It also has oleocanthal, which stops an enzyme Cyclooxygenase which inflames the skin. The effect is to calm irritated and inflamed skin. Allergies to olive oil are very rare. A study by the National Institute of Health shows that olive oil stimulates collagen and elastin production. Yale School of Medicine hosted an Olive Oil and Health symposium.
Olive Oil and Skin Care in History
Cleopatra used olive oil on her skin. Old wives’ tales consider olive oil a whitening agent for skin dark spots, and olive oil blocks about 20% of the ultraviolet rays of the sun. However, the effect is very small. and not a substitute for sun block.
Beware Counterfeit Olive Oil
Because olive oil is such a great food and cosmetic product, and labor-intensive to produce, there are many counterfeit olive oils disguised as our skin-loving friend. In 2007, U.S. Marshalls seized 10,000 cases of counterfeit olive oil in New York and New Jersey. In 2008, Italian authorities seized 85 oil forms who were adding chlorophyll to their oil to “water” it down for sale.
Real olive oil has the International Olive Council certification on its label. Buy Californian, Australian or Spanish olive oils, which are better regulated than those from Italy.