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Rejuvenating the Skin with the Rare Extracts of the Olive


Extra virgin olive oil has a great many health and beauty benefits. Olive oil is a significant source of oleic acid, a member of the Omega-9 family of healthy fats. Oleic acid has many benefits and it helps to insure that Omega-3 fish oils penetrate the cell membrane. In addition to enhancing the absorption of essential fatty acids, oleic acid can be incorporated into the cell plasma membrane, maintaining fluidity, keeping the membrane fluid, soft and stable. This means that the cell is better able to take in nutrients and eliminate toxins.

One of the polyphenols, perhaps the most powerful, is hydroxytyrosol. This is a rare protective antioxidant found only in extra virgin olive oil The hydroxytyrosol lends the beautiful flavor to extra virgin olive oil. Hydroxytyrosol is found in highest concentrations only in extra virgin olive oil that is obtained from olives grown in certain parts of the Mediterranean. We don't know why that is. It might be the soil; it might be the particular type of tree. Even though hydroxytyrosol is found only in parts per million in olive oil, it is so powerful that it is probably the chief antioxidant in olive oil.

Hydroxytyrosol slows the aging process in the skin by stabilizing the cell plasma membrane. Since it prevents the oxidation of keratin protein, hydroxytyrosol also makes the hair soft, shiny and lustrous and also prevents our nails from peeling and breaking.

As a dermatologist, I have been very excited about incorporating the olive oil polyphenols, including hydroxytyrosol, into topical formulas. There are many reasons for this, including the following:
  • Assists in reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • Protects against dehydration
  • Enhances skin's elasticity and suppleness
When the rare fruit extract, hydroxytyrosol and the olive leaf, oleuropein, are used in the right proportions, even the most sensitive skin will appreciate their therapeutic, rejuvenating, yet calming and soothing benefits.

I have patented the rare and powerful molecules of the Olive Oil Polyphenols group and combined them with advanced multiple hydration factors. Thus, they rapidly soothe sensitive, dry, irritated skin restoring it to a luminous and youthful vitality. And they are gentle enough for post-operative procedures.