Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Powerful Cosmetics
With Headquarters in Crete of Greece, BIOselect uses certified organic extra virgin olive oil as one of the active ingredient.
Crete has millenniums of history in having olive trees and using olive oil in food and cosmetics. Medical studies have found many antioxidants (vitamin E and polyphenols), vitamins and minerals in olive oil. The organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil has a multitude of beneficial properties for the health, the development and the maintenance of the skin.
The olive tree is native to the Mediterranean, where evidence of humans collecting wild olives dates back 10,000 years. The first olive tree plantations were located in Greece on the island of Crete about 5,000 years ago, from the Bronze Age in 3000 BC by the famous Minoan.
Olive oil, i.e. olive juice, has a long history of being used as a home remedy for skincare. Egyptians used it alongside with beeswax as a cleanser, moisturizer, and antibacterial agent since the times of the Pharaohs. Archaeological found proving that the Minoans used olive oil in their daily lives are available everywhere in Crete.
Extra virgin olive oil is one of the best beauty secrets. It has the added advantage of containing strong antioxidants, making it a natural anti-aging ingredient. These antioxidants help fight off free radicals which attack cells and speed up the aging process.
Olive Oil and Skin
Aging leads to steady structural and functional skin damage. During the aging process, some main changes will occur. They include the thinning of the inner and outer layers of the skin, loss of elasticity, lessening of cushion in the area between the 2 layers of skin, fibrosis along with the accumulation of collagen and the reduction of tissue’s ability to fight against and repair damage.
External factors, like the sun rays and pollution, expedite aging by generating free radicals. The use of inhibitors could reduce the cell damage. One perfect example of natural inhibitor is extra virgin olive oil, whose lipid profile is very similar to that of human skin. On top of polyphenols, extra virgin olive oil is rich in vitamins A, D, K, and E, the main source of protection against the free radicals that produce cell oxidation, i.e. anti-aging. Olive oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that it can bring relief to inflamed skin. This thus makes it a good aid in specific therapies to treat skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis and seborrheic eczemas.