The truth is: Olive oil may be unique among dietary oils for its anti-aging benefits to your skin.
Of course, we are not advocating a high oil diet, but its true, if you cook with oil, the best choice is Olive Oil for your skin!
Results of a recent large French scientific study showed that the signs of skin photoaging were significantly lower in people who consumed olive oil. The study surveyed almost 3,000 French men and women aged 45-60 and correlated dietary information with photographic ratings of skin photoaging. The study’s investigators removed confounding factors that impact skin aging (such as smoking, sun exposure history, body mass index, menopausal or hormone replacement status, home geographic location, etc.) and olive oil consumption was still correlated with younger looking, less sun-damaged skin. Consumption of dietary fats from animal sources (i.e. dairy and meat) was not associated with this protective phenomenon, nor was consumption of the other most frequently used vegetable oils in the French study population (safflower and peanut oil).
The study’s authors hypothesize that olive oil may be uniquely beneficial to skin because it is rich in polyphenol antioxidants and squalene. Both of these act as antioxidants to help fight oxidative free radical damage. Sun damage of skin is caused by oxidative free radical reactions.
FORGET THE BUTTER!
Next time you want to cook with some butter, rethink it and remember how gorgeous the French are looking! haha. Use olive oil instead. Make it your salad dressing oil too. The polyphenols and squalene may help bolster your skin’s defenses against stray UV rays. Simply substituting olive oil for other dietary oils may give you a slightly better edge over wrinkles, sun spots, and skin cancer – helping to keep your skin healthy and attractive.
SUNSCREEN IS EVERYTHING!
Of course, you still need to protect your skin from the outside too by wearing a high-quality, mineral-based, broad spectrum sun screen on your exposed skin 365 days a year. It’s the single most important skin care step for preventing wrinkles, premature skin thinning (solar elastosis), uneven pigment, and skin cancer. And dont forget your neck and chest!
Is your skin already wrinkling? Well, you can do something about it without resorting to surgical procedures. Learn which products work the best to reduce the appearance of your skin’s fine lines and wrinkles. These products also help boost the collagen in – and health of – your skin.
We recommend using a tool nightly that has the benefits of a Galvanic Microcurrent, such as The Point ($140, www.teispa.com). This tool is ideal for anyone who wants to prevent aging and target the fine lines around the eyes, mouth and forehead. Its equivalent to do crunches on your ab muscles but instead you are tightening up the sagging skin on the face!