Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • September 2013
Written by  Susan Sokoloski

How can olive oil benefit my skin?

Olive oil has a rich history of health benefits in the culinary world, but did you know that there are many benefits for your skin and its health as well? The Egyptians were the first noted people to use olive oil as a cleaning agent. Picture Cleopatra with her glowing skin; this should be proof enough that olive oil works for skin health. Then the Mesopotamians followed suit and added soda ash to bind the olive oil and make it more convenient to use, thus creating some of the first soap.

The reason olive oil is such a wonderful ingredient in soap is due to its natural properties. Olive oil contains polyphenols, vitamins E and A, and linoleic acid. Polyphenols are antioxidants that help slow down the aging process by penetrating deeply into the skin to moisturize; so deeply, in fact, that they add an extra youthful glow. Dr. Leslie Bauman, author of “The Skin Type Solution,” points out that there are at least four antioxidants in olive oil. These antioxidants help “neutralize damaging free radicals that can lead to skin aging and skin cancer.” The rarest antioxidant of these is hydroxytyrosol, which helps prevent free radical damage on skin and promotes the most anti-inflammatory properties. These properties make olive oil soap a great choice for all skin types, including sensitive, acne prone, oily and dry.

The eHow article, “What are the benefits of using extra-virgin olive oil soap?” by Carol Bancroft mentions that due to the mild and natural emollient properties that olive oil soap has, it can even possibly help those with eczema or psoriasis. With regular use over a couple weeks, people have seen some of their skin conditions improve significantly. Vitamins E and A combine for a power punch of antioxidants to provide elasticity to the skin, which helps prevent wrinkles and fine lines. Sue Gabel, contributor to the dailyglow website, lists that the vitamins E and A in olive oil can help with stretch marks, scars and acne scarring.

Of course, the main reason for so many to love olive oil is its moisturizing abilities. These come from linoleic acid, a compound in olive oil that prevents water from evaporating. So when you put it on your skin, it helps maintain the moisture. I know what you are thinking, if it prevents water from evaporating, won’t my skin get super oily? The answer is no. Olive oil is noncomedogenic, so it does not clog your pores.

As with all products, all olive oil soaps are not created equal. The best choices are those made using the cold process. The soap should be made with extra virgin olive oil to insure that it contains the most nutrients. Ellen Landauer from Peak Health Now alerts that your soap choice should NOT contain any preservatives, parabens, lauryl sulfate, or animal or petroleum products because when you put these items on your skin, they absorb into your bloodstream, building up toxins causing a burden on your body.

Start using olive oil soap on a regular basis and you, too, can say good bye to wrinkles and hello to healthy, glowing skin. Enjoy the benefits of olive oil for your skin today. It truly isn’t just for cooking anymore! 

Susan Sokoloski has a bachelor’s degree in education from Silver Lake College in Manitowoc. She has taught at Head Start and Mount Mary College. Susan is currently the social media coordinator at Joules of Nature, a premium handmade olive oil soap and bath product company located in Fond du Lac, Wis. For more information, call 920-332-4549, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or check out Joules of Nature on Facebook or Twitter.

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