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Extra Virgin Olive Oil & The Skin

While aging, the body’s skin tissue experiences a number of changes, age leads to a slow structural and functional skin damage. The inner and outer layers of the skin both grow thinner, and skin loses its elasticity. The areas that join inner and outer layers of skin become less cushioned, leading to the development of fibrosis when collagen accumulated and the tissue is less able to repair the damage.

Some environmental factors, including UV rays from the sun, can speed up the skin’s aging process. Though skin cells have the necessary power to neutralize the sun’s action, you can also decrease the chance of cell damage by using inhibitors to lower the risk. Olive oil, which contains lipid components similar to the human skin, is one such natural inhibitor.

Olive oil is high in polyphenols content, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin K and vitamin E, which serves as the main source to protect the cells from the free radicals that create cell oxidation. These nutrients enable olive oil to be a great aid in treating skin disorders such psoriasis, seborrheic eczema and even acne.

Because of olive oil’s remarkable antioxidant effect, it is known to be helpful in preventing continuous oxidation, and in turn, prevent the development of certain types of skin cancers.

Researchers are currently studying vitamin E to further determine the type of benefit it provides to the skin, however we know that oleic acid is a key factor in counteracting continuous oxidation.

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