Top 5 Benefits of Olive Oil Soap
Posted on November 29 2015
Learn why so many people are switching to olive oil soap
Olive oil has long been associated with cooking and Mediterranean cuisine, but increasingly this natural oil is making its way on to the shelves of beauty stores around the world. Why? Because olive oil is naturally nourishing for the skin and has a wide range of benefits, from repelling bacteria to turning back the hands of time.
Personal care and beauty is an ever-growing industry worth a fortune, with everyone keen to know the answer to that time-old question: what is the secret to a beautiful, youthful complexion? Chances are, it might be sitting in your kitchen cupboard.
While olive oil is a common dietary product, used for frying, salad dressings and more, it’s also been a popular moisturizer in its natural form for centuries. Now, in the present day, the natural ingredient is added to creams, lotions and bath and body products like olive oil soap, introducing the benefits into our daily beauty routines. And there are many benefits – keep reading to find out more.
The history of olive oil soap
Soap making dates backs to the first century AD, with early written records describing how soap was produced in crude form by the Romans. Olive oil soap is thought to have originated in the eastern Mediterranean, which was historically known as the Levant. Here, the soap was referred to as Aleppo soap, after one of the main cities in the region where olive oil and laurel oil were mixed together and cured in bars.
The exact creation date of this sort of soap is unknown but there are rumors that olive oil soap was gifted to Queen Cleopatra and other monarchs during their reign, however these claims have not been substantiated with proof.
Olive oil-based soap is believed to date back to the 11th century, when bars were reputedly brought back to Europe by the Crusaders. After this time, production spread around the Mediterranean regions and the soap became known as Castile soap. Centuries later, olive oil became an essential ingredient in European soap making and remains so until this day among artisanal soap manufacturers.
Why is olive oil good for skin?
Olive oil soap, moisturizers and other skin products are nourishing, penetrating deeply into the skin for maximum moisturization without clogging pores. Derived from nature, olive oil is pure and unadulterated; many beauty products containing olive oil are made with only natural ingredients and free from artificial, irritating chemicals.
How to Make Castile Soap - Via Soaping101
Top 5 Benefits of Olive Oil Soap:
1. Naturally anti-aging
Containing polyphenols and oleic acid, olive oil is an effective anti-ager, working to improve skin tone and texture, and combat the signs of aging.
Additionally, because it’s so nourishing, olive oil can replenish the oils lost by the skin as we get older, giving the complexion a smoother, plumped-up appearance and minimizing wrinkles.
2. Suitable for all skin types
Olive oil soap and other products can be used by everyone, from babies to the elderly, and are suitable for all skin types. Olive oil is hypoallergenic, which means it won’t cause a nasty reaction when applied to skin.
Even the most sensitive skin will absorb the goodness in olive oil without flaring up, and the natural ingredient can be used to moisturize infants’ skin and provide relief from conditions like eczema and psoriasis. It’s even used as a natural remedy for sunburn.
3. Promotes healthy skin
Rich in antioxidants, olive oil contributes to healthier skin by reversing oxidation and repelling damage-causing, unnatural free radicals responsible for breakouts, diseases and health problems. Oxidation occurs when free radicals infect the body and while there is no cure, there are means of managing oxidation levels, such as by using olive oil soap and products.
The antioxidants in olive oil fight off these free radicals and reduce oxidation, helping your body produce essential proteins and keeping your skin clear, healthy and pimple-free.
A natural source of essential vitamins, olive oil contains nutrients vital to helping you feel and look your best. Rich in vitamins A and E, olive oil can boost your immunity and help improve the appearance of your skin.
It also contains beta carotene, which helps stimulate new cell growth, promoting a more youthful appearance.
5. Soothes skin conditions
Living with dry skin conditions like eczema or a problematic complexion as a result of acne can be difficult; olive oil is a known remedy for all kinds of skin complaints, moisturizing dry patches and penetrating the skin without clogging pores.
Because of its potent antioxidant power and anti-inflammatory properties, olive oil can also prevent these skin conditions by repelling free radicals and soothing angry skin.
The price is right
For centuries, olive oil was used in skin preparations, and artisanal soap makers continue to use the oil as a base for their beauty bars. However, because of its premium quality, olive oil isn’t always cheap. In fact, if it is cheap, it’s likely to be a low grade, which reduces its potency.
When you buy a handcrafted soap from a reputable artisan, you can rest assured you’re receiving the best quality soap. At Soap.Club, we pride ourselves on our all-natural, organic ingredients and hand-stirred recipes. As well as olive oil, our soaps are made with coconut oil, shea butter and hemp oil – all of the highest quality grade.
Olive oil soap is hard to find at the local superstore; high-street alternatives may be cheaper to buy because they often contain artificial ingredients that can be harsh and abrasive on the skin. Don’t be fooled by the ‘natural ingredients’ marketing claims by manufacturers; when picking out a soap, always check the label on the reverse and see if you can make out exactly what’s inside the soap. After all, you’ll be putting it on your skin, where the ingredients are absorbed.
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