Most of us have a bottle of olive oil sitting in our kitchen cupboards — perfect for a salad dressing or garnishing. Likely, most people haven’t considered using it for anything other than enhancing their dinner. But the world is increasingly looking at it as Skincare category as well.
Skin benefits of olive oil
It’s rich in vitamins
Olive oil does have some reported benefits to the skin. According to the International Olive Council, olive oil has many vitamins, including A, D, and K, as well as vitamin E that makes your skin super supple and glowing.
Anti-Ageing and glowing skin
Olive oil contains plenty of antioxidants such as oleic acid and squalene that help in protecting the skin from the harmful impact of free radicals, which tend to hasten the process of skin ageing. It maintains the skin’s elasticity and tends to keep it smooth, supple, and glowing. It contains vitamin E which enhance the skin cell making your skin healthy and glowing from within.
It moisturizes and fights bacteria
Olive oil is also known to moisturize and hydrate your skin. The antibacterial properties in the oil remove bacteria from the skin. It works as a treatment for infections of the skin.
Olive oil is also very hydrating and can help lubricate your skin, for a beautiful shine. The presence of linoleic acid acts as the ultimate hydrating agent, as it creates a water barrier in the epidermis, ensuring that essential moisture stays trapped below the skin’s surface. Olive oil works as a natural moisturizer as it has Omega 6 and Omega 9 fatty acids which boost skin health.