The Benefits of Olive Oil Soap
Extra virgin olive oil is the purest form of vegetable oil because it is extracted from the olive fruit without any chemical treatments and no additives are added into it. This is why it is known to be very beneficial for both health and skin.
History of olive oil soaps goes back to 1500s, when it was also known as the castile soap in the kingdom of Castile around the 16th century. Another version called Marseilles soap was made of pure olive oils only. This soap was primarily produced in the olive growing areas of Europe for centuries. The olive oil soaps are the mildest and the most refreshing soaps which is why they have numerous benefits for skin.
Olive oil soaps are produced by creating a mixture with colors, fragrances, glycerin and other essential oils. An important constituent of this soap is palm oil which is used to make the soap harder so that it can be used for a long time. Sometimes, in order to make this soap creamier and soft, a bit of canola oil is added into it.
Why Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil Soaps?
Olive oil soaps are great for sensitive skin and dry skin as they are very mild, they have nothing toxic, they have great aromatherapy properties and they are great moisturizers for many skin types.
- Rich in skin health components and for hydration of skin.
Olive oil soaps are rich in vitamins and anti oxidants which neutralize the free radicals thus refreshing the skin. These soaps have the ability to penetrate deep into the epidermis of the skin and provide hydration and softness to skin, allowing it to breathe normally.
- Olive oil soap protects against inflammation.
Recent studies have been conducted on analyzing the anti-inflammatory affects of olive oil soaps clearly shown their pronounced affects on inflammatory markers in the blood.
Extra virgin olive oils are known to contain strong concentrations of phytonutrients, especially poly phenols that have known inflammatory properties. Thus, by using extra virgin olive oil soaps people can reduce the inflammatory or allergic reactions on their skin.
- Antioxidant properties of olive oil soaps.
Olive oil soaps consist of valuable amounts of antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamin E, as well as squalene which play a special role in maintaining good skin. These anti oxidants when penetrate into the skin, play a vital role in eliminating the free radicals which are produced in our blood as result of metabolic breakdown of food. Due to the elimination of these free radicals, blood gets purified and in return it causes the skin to regain its natural glow and softness.
- Good for dry skin and reducing spots and marks.
Olive oil soaps have amazing affects on dry skin, as it helps to exfoliate the skin, removing dead cells and flaky skin. Using olive oil soaps can reduce dark spots and marks from the skin, making skin healthy, glowing and clear.
Recent research also suggest that a natural compound in extra virgin olive oils that is oleocanthal, is very effective in minimizing wrinkles and thus have anti-aging properties for the skin. It has been proven that various skin disease like psoriasis and eczema can be effectively treated by using olive oil soap regularly. In fact, these soaps can also reduce the side effects of sun burn.