Did you know that olive oil is very beneficial for skin? This well-known oil that we might use every day for cooking has some amazing skin boosting properties. It is a big part of Mediterranean living, long known for playing a role in a healthy lifestyle and diet. Those beautiful sun-drenched olives also have lots of benefits for skin. As with all ingredients, sometimes even the most natural and organic of oils will not work for everyone, so always carry out a patch test on a small amount of skin before using it on your face or the rest of your body, and never use a product if there is any irritation, however small. But for most of us olive oil is a beautiful ingredient, that has many benefits for skin when applied topically.
At Nakin we use a special version of it in our natural skincare products, which is much more powerful than using just normal olive oil, and that is the unsaponifiable version. This is because all our anti-ageing skincare products are high performance and have special youth preserving properties for skin. The olive oil unsaponifiable that we use is derived from the unsaponifiable oil fractions of olives after pressing. The reason they are so beneficial for skin is because they contain lots of skin loving nutrients including phytosterols and glycolipids. Phytosterols help to hydrate skin and reduce trans epidermal water loss. Glycolipids are also moisturising to skin, they also strengthen the skin barrier and help to repair past damage. All in all, they help with skin softness and elasticity. However, even using the more common everyday version of olive oil has many benefits to skin, as listed below:
- Olive oil is high in fatty acids, especially omega 9. This is a monosaturated oleic acid and helps to hydrate dry skin and has anti-inflammatory properties to calm sensitive skin.
- It is rich in skin repairing antioxidants that help to fight free radical damage. Intechopin state that there are more than 200 minor components in olive oil with biological activities. The most abundant antioxidants in olive oil are tocopherols, beta-carotene, lutein, squalene, lipophilic and hydrophilic phenols.
- Olive oil natural contains vitamin E and vitamin K. Vitamin E acts as an all-round nourishing conditioner for the face and neck. The lesser known vitamin K is good for improving circulation and helping with redness and broken veins on skin.
- Olive oil is good for all skin types. It has a comedogenic rating of 2 out of 5, with 5 being the most comedogenic. Therefore it is unlikely to clog pores.
We hope that you found our feature helpful about the benefits of applying olive oil to skin. The other good thing about olive oil is that is it easy to get hold of and affordable. Like everything though, it comes in different qualities. Look for a bottle that is has a good specification when using it on your face, neck and the rest of your body. Olive oil is an ingredients in lots of beauty products, but if using neat directly onto skin, then it is best to get organic pure cold pressed versions. The important thing is to always use the best skincare products.
Nakin are dedicated to achieving beautiful skin at every age using the best natural ingredients. To find out more about Nakin and our award winning anti-ageing skincare then visit us at www.nakinskincare.com Nakin produce natural face products for all skin types, including sensitive skin. The full range can be found here and is designed to help skin to thrive and flourish by using the best plant active ingredients. Everything is cruelty free and made in the UK. If you would like to get in touch with Nakin then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org We would love to hear your thoughts and are also available to offer skincare and product advice.