Olive oil benefits your skin in so many ways. Full of nourishing vitamins and deeply moisturizing fatty acids, olive oil has been a beauty staple of women for ages.
To really understand one of the most amazing natural skin care oils, let's take a look at where it comes from and what exactly makes it possibly the best moisturizer for dry skin.
Olive oil is made from pressing the fruit, instead of from the seed like many other oils. When the fruit is pressed, the oil is extracted and separated from the water and pulp contained in olives.
When buying olive oil to eat or use on your body, it's important to know that all versions are not created equal. It is best to purchase cold pressed extra virgin olive oil to ensure the best quality, taste and medicinal properties. Below is a list of various grades:
This is the highest quality produced by the first pressing of the olives. Extra virgin oil has no acidity, a strong fruity taste and all of its antioxidant properties intact. This top quality oil uses no chemicals in the production process and is less likely to become rancid. Using extra virgin oil allows for the maximum olive oil benefits.
This version is classified largely by taste. It is not as highly flavorful as extra virgin and may have a very slight acidity. It is still beneficial, but a slightly lower grade than extra virgin oil.
Usually made from olives that may have had defects or a high level of acidity, refined olive oil uses a high level of heat, and sometimes chemical additives to purify it and make it fit for consumption. The only problem is that the heat and refinement process kills the beneficial enzymes and antioxidants. It is also almost colorless and has none of the rich flavor of virgin olive oil.
This is refined oil that is mixed and diluted with other processed oils. I never recommend using this for consumption or on your body.
Now that you know how to critique olive oil effectively, take a look at all of the wonderful Olive oil benefits
Another of the great benefits is that it is fabulous for moisturizing your hair. Some of the ways I personally use it on my hair are:
Olive oil is truly a multipurpose oil and has so many general health benefits. Here are a few:
Extra virgin Olive oil benefits your skin, hair and overall health. Add some to your beauty regimen and reap the rewards!