Olive oil moisturises and protects skin and hair as well as improving strength. Containing some of the most powerful antioxidants in the world, it definitely helps to maintain firm and glowing skin.
The olive tree (Olea europaea) is part of the large Oleaceae family, which includes Jasmine and Lilac. The tree has a thick trunk and gnarled grey bark and can live for thousands of years. It can grow fairly tall, but they are often pruned to a shorter height for ease of harvesting. The leaves of the tree have silvery grey undersides and are used for teas, decoctions and extracts.
Harvesting the green fruits usually involves shaking them from the trees using poles, after which the best olives are selected and processed. Though laborious compared to mechanical labour, hand-harvesting remains the popular method.
The oil is so full of benefits for health, skin and hair that it would be difficult to summarise it in one page. Here are a few important facts though, especially when used in cosmetics.
Olives, olive leaves, and olive oil have been proven to have anti-tumour action and protect against cancer. They contain a lot of antioxidant compounds such as vitamin E, hydroxytyrosol (a plant polyphenol) and oleic acid, which will help to fight free-radical activity on the skin and therefore help to keep it firm and bright. Moreover, the oil contains squalene, a compound that can also be found in the human sebum, meaning the oil will help to restore skin’s moisture and be easily absorbed.
Lush buy an extra virgin grade of the oil because its extraction process preserves the most flavour and nutrients from the fruits - and its beautiful green tint. Depending on the availability, the oil can come from four different organic sources, Turkey, Lebanon, Sicily and Spain, all with regenerative practices.