Used by the ancient Egyptians on the face, hair and body, budget-loving olive oil is having a resurgence in a wide range of beauty products. We asked Kate Robertson, medical herbalist and technical advisor for the Olive skincare range, to explain why.
‘It works,’ she enthuses. ‘The benefits far outweigh those of some of the more glamorous-sounding oils.’ The kitchen staple is known as a hard-working multi-tasker. ‘It’s one of those oils that helps with everything,’ Kate says. ‘It nourishes, hydrates and is going to help with fine lines and keeping the skin supple.’
The Olive skincare range is manufactured on an award-winning olive estate in New Zealand, owned by the Simunovich family. ‘It’s extremely fresh,’ says Donna Simunovich, director of the estate. The Olive range’s secret ingredient is squalane, which is extracted from the oil. ‘It’s extremely good for skin – like a concentrated serum,’ Kate says.
5 things you didn't know about olive oil
1. It’s natural.
2. It’s cheap.
3. It’s moisture-rich.
4. It’s filled with antioxidants (vitamins E and K) to fight free-radical damage from stress, sun, pollution and poor diet, which cause ageing and skin damage.
5. It’s high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
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