You already know the many health benefits of olive oil for the body. The healthiest foods in the world are said to help improve insulin sensitivity, making it an excellent tool in the treatment of diabetes, helping to prevent high blood pressure and heart disease and to raise HDL (good) cholesterol levels. While we do wonderful things for the interior of our body, olive oil also benefits the exterior.
There are important antioxidants and nutrients in olive oil that make it beneficial to the skin. Vitamin E antioxidant protects the skin against damage, especially from the sun's ultraviolet rays, and is listed in the January 2004 issue of the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology as a functional medicine that can help prevent and combat wrinkles. Up to 80 percent of the olive oil content is oleic acid. Oleic acid is the component of the oil that is believed to contribute to its health benefits. However, oleic acid has another advantage when used locally. The Journal of Controlled Release, April 23, 2002, states that oleic acid has the ability to effectively penetrate the skin and is used as a booster for some local products when it needs to penetrate the skin layer better. When olive oil is applied to the skin, it penetrates the layers, effectively transferring vitamin E to the skin cells.
Used on the skin
To use the olive oil to reduce wrinkles around the eyes, buy extra virgin olive oil. The World Encyclopedia of Healthy Foods states that "cold pressure" means that only minimal heat was used to extract olive oil from olives and that "extra virgin" also means less processing and the oil contains more nutrients. Every morning and every night with your fingers massage gently the olive oil on the skin around the eyes. This is a very sensitive area and you can easily hurt and stretch the skin, so it is important not to pull or pull the skin when applying the olive oil.
Applying is not the only way to get the benefits of olive oil to fight wrinkles. Make olive oil a regular part of your diet. A study in the February 2001 issue of American College of Nutrition shows that a diet high in olive oil protects against skin damage and consequent wrinkles, especially in areas exposed to the sun, such as the eyes. Use olive oil as a coated salad or drizzle over vegetables instead of butter. They not only prevent wrinkles, but they can also prevent a number of health problems.