What it is
Olive Oil is an oil obtained from the fruits of Olea Europea (Olive) tree.
What it does
Olive Oil is high in fatty acids (oleic, linoleic and palmitic acids). Because of this, it has moisturizing properties and is a good treatment for dry skin.
Olive oil also has antioxidants properties: the oil is rich in polyphenols, a group of chemicals found in plants that help fight free radicals.
This oil can also be used to clean skin and remove makeup. Because it cleanses and moisturizes skin it is one of the most used oils in the OCM (oil cleansing method), a method to clean skin with natural oils.
Olive Oil has mild sunscreen properties. It can protect from some, but not all UVB rays, so you shouldn’t rely on it alone for sun protection but use a broads spectrum sunscreen as well.
In addition, it also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Finally, olive oil can penetrate hair, conditioning it from within.
Olive Oil is a very mild irritant but it can cause contact allergy in some people.