The scientific evidence that olive oil is good for us keeps
getting stronger. In terms of health, studies have proven that diets that
incorporate this oil (such as those found in the Mediterranean region) help
people live longer, healthier lives. Rich in monounsaturated fatty acids
(MUFAs), olive oil has also been linked to lower cholesterol, and may also
normalize blood clotting, blood sugar levels, and insulin levels.
But one recent study is shedding light on the potential
beauty benefits associated with ingesting olive oil. (We’ll get to its topical
uses below.) In this study of almost 3,000 men and women between the ages of 45
and 60, a higher intake of olive oil correlated with less severe photoaging in
the form of fine lines, wrinkles, and signs of sun damage like uneven tone and
rough texture. So the next time you break out the pots and pans or serve up a
salad, be sure to reach for the olive oil, too.
To reap even more benefits from olive oil, you can use it on
your skin as well. It’s a great moisturizer for dry hands, feet, and cuticles.
It can even be used a deep treatment for your hair. You can also add a little
olive oil to the tub when taking a bath for extra skin hydration. You can even
use it on dry patches of skin, chapped lips, and just about anywhere else for
So the next time you’re in the supermarket, consider
picking up a bottle of olive oil for your kitchen and your bathroom. This is just one of many beauty shortcuts that
don’t have to cost a bundle. What are your cooking-turned-beauty secrets?