Olive oil has always been used as an emollient, softener and anti-inflammatory in all states of skin dryness and desquamation. Before the invention of stitches, it was also used as a healer in the case of stab wounds.
Several scientific studies and therapeutic experiences transferred to the cosmetic field confirm the empirical theories of the past about its properties.
In recent years, it has been shown that the composition of the triglyceride fats in olive oil is very similar to the sebum of the skin; moreover, among natural lipids, it’s the one with the greatest affinity for the lipid layer of our skin.
In addition to fats, which make up 98%, olive oil also contains a small "unsaponifiable fraction", consisting of substances such as vitamin E, which protects the skin from ageing, prevents stretch marks, controls the production of melanin and prevents age spots.
The oil also contains vitamin A, which prevents dryness of the mucous membranes; vitamin D, which allows good calcium intake and finally carotenoids, which after absorption are transformed into retinol, a real enemy of free radicals.
Finally, olive oil also contains squalene, a hydrocarbon also present in the sebaceous secretions of humans.
This enables it to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and reform the hydrolipidic thread, which has been weakened by sunlight and detergents.
Olive oil is widely used in cosmetics because it nourishes and acidifies the skin. It can also be used in packs, baths, masks and after-bath emulsions. It is an excellent tonic and revitaliser.
According to tradition, it is also an excellent remedy against weakness and hair loss, as it deeply nourishes and strengthens the hair bulb.
A final possible use of olive oil in cosmetics is as a sunscreen. Recent studies have shown that olive oil allows ultraviolet rays to penetrate our skin, but thanks to its antioxidant properties it can protect us from their damage.
To recognise refined olive oil in cosmetic products, look for the name "Olea Europea (fruit) Oil" on the label.
Our refined olive oil comes from the Rudasso farm in the western riviera of Liguria, one of the most active centres for the production of this product.
The oil produced by this farm is certified organic and has a simple, artisanal and high-quality processing. The Taggiasca olives used are grown and processed directly by them using a "low temperature" technique that allows them to obtain a particularly fine oil.
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