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Why EVOO on the skin?
So, why would you want to use extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) on the skin anyways?
Extra virgin olive oil is a natural skin moisturizer packed with antioxidants vitamin E and K as well as a variety of polyphenols. Antioxidants help to protect against free radicals which can injure cells, damaging the DNA and planting the seed for disease.
Squalene is a key component in extra virgin olive oil, it promotes skin elasticity, diminishes age spots and boosts cell regeneration. EVOO has proven effective in treating common skin disorders including acne, psoriasis and eczema. Studies have shown that Extra Virgin Olive Oil also protects against damaging UV rays and skin cancer related tumors.
Although all olive oils will moisturize, there are added benefits to using Extra Virgin Olive Oil: High heats and solvents used to refine the oil after the first press may alter or completely remove the naturally occurring antioxidants and polyphenols. Some of the beneficial properties of EVOO include anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-aging. EVOO is hypoallergenic, biodegradable and non-toxic. Using EVOO directly on your skin is one of the most nourishing and natural forms of moisturization, so you can feel good about what you are feeding your skin.