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Olive oil can rob your body of antioxidants if you cook past its smoke point - but applied topically? Now we're talking!

by , 20 April 2017
Olive oil can rob your body of antioxidants if you cook past its smoke point - but applied topically? Now we're talking!
While oil was once considered a serious diet foe and complete beauty faux pass, more and more people from the health community are starting to recognise the remarkable benefits that healthy fats offer both inside and out.

One of the most popular oils is, of course, olive oil. But here's the thing: If you cook olive oil past its smoke point, it can rob your body of important antioxidants. However, when you apply it topically, it's a different story!

Keep reading to learn how your favourite pasta, pesto and salad staple can help keep your skin clear and bright!

Olive oil is brimming with skin-nourishing goodness

“The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores,” explains American health and beauty expert Jessa Blades.
 
“Using oil to actually wash your face means that it will naturally dissolve the dirty oils on your skin without stripping it or using harsh chemicals,” she adds.
 
Not only is olive oil – the extra virgin type, of course – full of potent skin-loving properties, it’s also a much simpler, more affordable and eco-friendlier way to cleanse your skin. “Olive oil contains three major antioxidants: vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols,” says Blades.

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“Antioxidants when topically applied, may help protect the skin from premature skin aging. Vitamin E partly accounts for the anti-aging benefits of olive oil because it helps restore skin smoothness and protects against ultraviolet light. Hydroxytyrosol, a rather rare compound found in olive oil, also prevents free radical damage to the skin,” she adds.
 
What this essentially means is that olive oil fights inflammation – a major contributing factor to signs of ageing. It also helps you retain your face’s natural structure and healthy glow.
 
Bonus? Olive oil gently removes make-up, too – foundation, eyeliner, mascara, everything – all in one go!
 

How to use olive oil to cleanse your skin

Oil cleansing can be daunting if you’ve never tried it before. But fear not – here’s a breakdown of the best blends for the different skin types: 
 
Dry skin: Use olive oil on its own or blended with a very small amount of castor or hazelnut oil.
Oily skin: Use ¾ cup olive oil blended with ¼ cup hazelnut oil.
Combination skin: Blend ¾ cup olive oil with ¼ cup castor oil.
 
It’s as easy as that!
 
Have you used olive oil on your skin before? If so, what were your thoughts?

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