Olive Oil - An Italian Tradition

“The Mediterranean Begins and Ends with the Olive Tree”

Olive trees are among the oldest known cultivated trees in the world – being grown before written language was invented. Legend says the Greek goddess Athena planted the first olive tree in Greece; and in 5,000 B.C., the Greek brought olive trees to Italy - more specifically to Sicily. Soon after, the olive oil being produced in the country was superior in taste and quality than oil being produced anywhere else in the world.

The evergreen trees are a symbol of religion, peace, and health. Like our Italian ancestors, we understand today the numerous benefits of olive oil in our diet and in our daily life. It’s an anti-inflammatory, cholesterol reducer, and contains a large amount of vitamin E and antioxidants.

But what about for our skin?

A few benefits from including olive oil in your skincare routine include:

  1. It’s rich in vitamins

Olives are high in vitamins D, A, K, and E; therefore, they can aid to reduce oxidative stress on the skin, which leads to skin aging. Vitamin E-rich oils have long been used to treat skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema.

  1. It works as an antioxidant

Virgin olive oil protects your skin cells from environmental damages such as wind, pollutants, and harmful sun rays. This is due to its high content in polyphenols which have antioxidant and anti-aging properties and help prevent premature aging cells.

  1. It’s a great skin moisturizer

Virgin olive oil has outstanding moisturizing and nourishing properties to hydrate the skin of both the face and body. Its high vitamin content makes it a fantastic product to protect (particularly in winter) and nourish even the most sensitive skin. 

Shop a few of the most popular olive oil products at Mozzafiato

Rudy Profumi Maioliche Italian Olive Oil Hand Soap

Perlier's Olive Oil Ultra Rich Body Butter

Ortigia Sicilia's Florio Olive Oil Bar Soap

Olivella's Counter Clock Hyaluronic Face Serum

 

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