Every day it seems we’re told to watch what we put into our bodies. No topic has been discussed more than saturated fats. Many vegetable based fats and oils have healthy attributes and we have been introduced to many, including olive oil and the scientific evidence that olive oil is good for us keeps getting stronger. In terms of health, studies have proven that diets incorporating large amounts of olive oil such as the, Mediterranean Diet, help people live longer, healthier lives.
Many people think of their skin as a barrier or armor that protects them, as one of the largest organs in the body, your skin acts more like a sponge than a shield. Fortunately for handmade soap lovers, the skin will soak up the goodness that an olive oil based soap leaves on your skin after washing.
So, what are the benefits gained from the use of olive oil?
Olive Oil is Laden with Non-saturated Fats
Olive oil is a very healthy blend of natural fats which make it very healthy. More than three quarters of the fats in olive oil are monounsaturated, the healthier kind. Rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, olive oil has been linked to lower LDL cholesterol levels, higher HDL cholesterol levels and may normalize blood clotting, blood sugar levels, and insulin levels.
Olive Oil is Full of Antioxidants
Rich in vitamin E and beta carotene, as well as a multitude of antioxidants, olive oil stimulates new cell generation, slows the progression of wrinkles, and gives skin a youthful look. One antioxidant in particular, Hydroxytyrosol, found only in olive oil, provides anti-inflammatory effects to heal skin irritations, abrasions, rashes, and sunburn.
Soap Made with Olive Oil Protects the Skin
Olive oil coats the skin, leaving a buffer to protect against wind and sun. Glycerin, a by-product of handmade soap manufacturing draws moisture to the skin surface from the atmosphere and from within the body, leaving the skin moist and nourished.
We’re big believers in olive oil and use it routinely in our cooking and our soap making. Our handmade, cold-processed soaps come from a blend of vegetable oils, primarily olive oil, to deliver a nourishing healing lather.
Wouldn’t you like to experience better, healthier skin in as little as a week? The secret may lie in the next bar of soap you buy.