Anyone who knows Mayca knows that she hails from the beautiful Mediterranean city of Málaga. Located on the Costa del Sol (the sunny coast), this Spanish city is home to enchanting beaches, rows upon rows of palm trees, and the devilishly handsome Antonio Banderas. However, Spain also offers a world of natural ingredients with the most popular being olive oil. This golden oil is wonderful on toast, but it is also very valuable for skin health working both on the inside and the outside! Discover what delicious and nutritious olive oil can do you for your health and skin.
Benefits of Olive Oil
Olive oil is rich in nutrients like polyphenols. These plant-based substances have a reputation for reducing inflammation, as well as combating the signs of ageing, sun damage, and even some skin conditions. This golden oil also offers antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, which can help protect the body from free radicals and environmental stressors. When it comes to skin, antioxidants are essential for fighting age spots, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Furthermore, this oil may possess wound healing abilities which come from the presence of triterpenes, which encourage cell growth and collagen deposition.
How to Use Olive Oil
While drizzling olive oil on your salad is certainly a good place to start, there are other methods for using this oil to improve your skin health. Here are a few ways this oil can help:
Olive oil has historically been used either topically on the skin or to treat a variety of conditions. Many feel that the vitamin content of this oil lends itself to treating issues like eczema and psoriasis. Not to mention that olive oil also possesses antibacterial properties, which may make it a beneficial natural moisturiser. This oil can even be used to moisturise and protect hair.
Waxy makeup products like eyeliner and mascara will be no match for olive oil. The texture of this oil helps with even waterproof cosmetic products. This oil is helpful in a pinch, if you find yourself without makeup remover. However, while it moves oil-based makeup and sebum around it can’t actually remove it from the skin’s surface. You’ll need a surfactant, like a cleanser or soap, for that.
There has long been a myth circling that olive oil can improve breast firmness, though there is no research to prove or disprove it. However, scientists have noted that consuming this oil can reduce the risk of breast cancer. A study found that older Spanish women who followed a Mediterranean diet enhanced with extra virgin olive oil were at less risk for this type of cancer than women who did not follow the same diet. Although moisturizing with this oil can have benefits, be sure to consume it as well for good measure!
Which Olive Oil Works Best?
If you plan to add more of this healthy oil into your diet (or beauty routine), you should always choose extra-virgin! Organic would be ideal, but depending on where you are that might be significantly more expensive. Anyone planning to use this oil only for their skin or hair can even select an olive oil that’s blended with almond, lavender, or grapeseed oils and Vitamin E. Bear in mind that you mustn’t use low-quality olive oil on your skin as it will be too acidic and may do more harm than good!
Notes on Olive Oil Use for Skin
Olive oil can help naturally heal your skin, although it may not be suitable for everyone. This oil is great for people with most types of skin, however people with normal skin may see the most benefits. If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, olive oil may not provide the dedicated care that you need. For help crafting a natural acne skin care regimen, read Mayca’s tips for treating acne.
Olive oil is an affordable natural oil that can help you maintain a balanced diet and healthy skin. If you are looking to make some natural skincare with healing oils this holiday season, sign up for WapoBeauty’s Christmas Making Gift Live Online Workshop on November 21st. Those looking to craft safe and natural skincare at home will appreciate the current discount on our Traditional Soapmaking eBook. Anyone searching for guided learning, find out more about WapoBeauty’s Complete Facial Skincare Online Course for Beginners and discover how to make professional, safe, and stable natural beauty products. Join the ranks of students who found this class valuable and rewarding!
About Our Blogger
Ashuni Pérez is an American writer based in Valencia, Spain. She has a passion for natural beauty and the environment. Ashuni loves to cycle and drink smoothies in the sun. Follow her on Instagram at @ashuuuuni.