Thursday, June 11, 2009 | Tips & How-Tos
Ingredient Close-Up: Olive Oil
Olive oil—it’s not just for cooking anymore. Actually, olive oil has been a staple of skin care since antiquity. Intensely hydrating and rich in polyphenol antioxidants, this natural cosmetic ingredient traces its roots back to the ancient Egyptians where it was used to condition the skin and combat the dry desert heat. Five thousand years later, it remains a popular mainstay in cleansers, cosmetics and preventative skin care for its restorative hydration and free radical-fighting benefits.
As a moisturizer, olive oil helps hydrate the skin by preventing water loss. When used in cleansers and soaps, it helps combat over-drying and oil overproduction. As opposed to petroleum and synthetic oil-based moisturizers, natural olive oil is less likely to clog pores, making it ideal for oily and blemish-prone skin types. And because it absorbs quickly, olive oil-based cleansers and makeup removers, like Mineral Melt, won’t leave an oily film behind.
Strong evidence also suggests that polyphenol-rich olive oil may help reduce the risk of several degenerative diseases—including cardiovascular disease and certain cancers—when taken internally. Applied topically, this antioxidant powerhouse aids in combating free radical-induced premature aging. When added to mineral beauty formula, like Mineral Lip Tint SPF 15, olive oil’s combined hydrating and antioxidant properties help plump away the look of lip lines and protect your pout from further damage.