Olive oil, the mainstay of the Mediterranean diet offers numerous benefits to the skin. If you’re not using olive oil for your skin, you MUST immediately!
Olive is rich in the antioxidant-rich vitamin E. This provides ample nourishment to the skin and helps get rid of skin problems. Olive oil is light and non-greasy and can hence be used throughout the year.
For skin, it is best to use extra virgin olive oil. This is the least processed. The oil is obtained from the first pressing of the olives without any use of chemicals or heat thus keeping the nutrients intact. Extra virgin olive oil contains more polyphenols and antioxidant, it is low in saturated fats, high in vitamin E and anti-inflammatory compounds.
Olive oil is a good natural moisturizer, especially for dry skin. All you need to do is massage it into your skin. Also, don’t forget to apply on the entire body, especially, elbows, heels and other areas which are particularly dry.