Olive oil is a staple in many kitchens for cooking, sautÃ©ing and frying, and is an alternative to oils that are laden with saturated fat. It also boasts high levels of beneficial fatty acids such as omega-3. And for thousands of years, people have used olives and olive oil for many things outside of the kitchen, including cleansing and moisturizing the skin.
How can you benefit from olive oil?
Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats, which may help support healthy cholesterol levels already within normat range. In addition, olive oil contains phytochemicals that play a role in fighting off harmful free radicals. Cooking olive oil is a versatile ingredient and a great addition to any kitchen.
If you have minor skin concerns, such as dryness and wrinkles, olive oil may be able to help. As a natural emollient, olive oil soothes, softens and moisturizes even the driest skin, without clogging pores. Soaps and cleansers made with olive oil are known to cleanse skin of dirt and oils, while still maintaining its natural moisture balance and elasticity”” no more “tight” feeling after washing your skin! The antioxidant properties of olive oil protect the skin from harmful free radicals. Olive oil is also used in shampoo, to restore luster and shine to dry scalp and brittle or damaged hair.