Is olive oil good for your skin?

< Blog Home Article by Pomora - Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2014

The male contingent here at Pomora would never waste a drop of the finest Pomora extra virgin olive oil and would only ever consider which type of meat, fish or pasta to splash some on to (note, see Recipes for more). However the Pomora ladies have been banging on for ages that olive oil can also be used as part of a beauty regime – not that we would ever suggest using Pomora olive oil for this purpose! So we decided to investigate the question: “Is olive oil good for your skin?”

Low and behold the ladies may be on to something... it transpires that olive oil has actually been used as a beauty remedy since ancient times – Cleopatra was a big advocate apparently – and it still has a very common cosmetic use today. So what makes olive oil so good for the skin? Well, olive oil is naturally crammed full of fatty acids (mainly unsaturated fat), minerals and vitamins (mainly A and E) - Important to note here that we are only talking about Extra Virgin Olive Oil which has undergone the least amount of processing and so still has the highest nutritional value. These attributes make olive oil great for use on skin, hair and nails.

So, why is olive oil good for your skin? The smooth, silky texture of olive oil slowly seeps deep into the skin, which hydrates, softens and creates elasticity to the skin, in effect acting as a natural moisturiser. As extra virgin olive oil is 100% natural (or should be!) you know what you’re getting so there should be no reactions, whereas some skin beauty products may contain artificial ingredients. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants which can aid with anti-aging and damaged skin. Vitamin E especially helps prevent cell damage and protects the skin from ultraviolet light - the oil within the skin creates a natural shield which helps protect the skin in the sun.

There are plenty of suggested beauty treatments using olive oil on your skin. Sophia Loren swore by taking olive oil baths to keep up her beautiful looks – for those asking simply add 5 tablespoons (or more) of olive oil to the bath and away you go, silky smooth and soft skin! However, we prefer to reserve Pomora’s extra virgin oil to accompany our food – get the skin, nutritional and taste benefits of olive oil all in one go!