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Antioxidant Foods For Glowing Skin

Your friends are dying to know why you’re glowing. They think it must be a new love, or maybe pregnancy, or a new skin treatment. Should you tell them? Should you tell them that antioxidants are the reason behind your glowing skin? Antioxidants are the cause of a lot of the latest buzz in the world of health and beauty. You may know about how beneficial they can be to your skin in creams and serums, but did you know they can also give your skin a boost from the inside out? Here are some of the best ways of getting the antioxidant glow from what you put on your plate.

Kale
Kale is full of antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin. These nutrients absorb free radicals from UV light, including the ones that actually reach the skin. One cup gives you 134% of Vitamin C and 133% of Vitamin A, both skins firming wonders.

Green Tea
When it comes to healthy foods, green tea can do no wrong. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that people who drank a beverage containing green tea polyphenols showed increased skin elasticity and had one-quarter less sun damage after UV light exposure, compared to a control group. Green tea has catechins like EGCG to help stimulate oxygen and blood flow to the skin to keep your complexion radiant and healthy.

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Olive Oil
Women in the Mediterranean have been known to slather olive oil directly on their skin for its antioxidant properties. One study in PLOS ONE analyzing diets of 1264 women, found that those who consumed over 8.4 grams of olive oil a day showed 31% fewer signs of aging than those who ate less than one teaspoon. Olive oil also topped the list of oils for its anti aging properties, deftly knocking out both sunflower and peanut. Researchers credit the 75% mono saturated fatty acid content with the anti aging properties, and say the antioxidant polyphenols in the oil could be responsible for quenching free radicals that cause skin damage.

Tomatoes
If you’re looking for a place to drizzle your olive oil, how about on some ripe tomatoes? A study found people who ate 5 tablespoons of tomato paste per day with a tablespoon of olive oil for a twelve week period, had 33% more sunburn protection than a control group who ate just olive oil. The antioxidant lycopene in tomatoes increases the natural SPF levels in the skin, however, it is not recommended that you abandon your sunscreen in favor of tomato paste just yet.

Dark Chocolate
Save the best for dessert! Dark chocolate is the newest sinful delight that is scoring high points for antioxidant levels. The treat is rich in antioxidant plant compounds called cocoa flavanols. Studies found women who drank a high flavanol cocoa powder beverage every day for three weeks showed less skin dryness and flakiness when compared to a control group. Unfortunately, though a dark chocolate binge is not recommended. Stick to one ounce, 150 calorie portion to get the good skin without the extra weight.

What are your favorite skin healthy foods? Let us know what you’re putting inside you to get that antioxidant glow on the outside.

The Best Plant Extracts For Skin

Usually, when we think of the plights of ancient civilization, acne does not top our list. However, that does not mean skincare was not a problem for our forebears. After all, if there was a sun, was there not sun damage and, if there were pregnancies, were there not stretch marks? While we can pretty much assume our forefathers and mothers all battled with skin issues, there is a noticeable absence of the mention of benzoyl peroxide and hyaluronic acid in the history books. So what did our ancestors use to ensure skin health before the advent of “science-based skincare?” Plant extracts. And if they worked back then, shouldn’t they work now?

Let’s take a moment to investigate the best plant-based extracts for your skin that are still available.

Aloe vera

Aloe Vera
This extract has been around since time immemorial. Best known as a remedy for irritation and minor burns, this desert plant is known for its ability to fight bacteria, protect skin cells from damage, soften skin, and rebuild new tissue. Aloe is an ideal ingredient for mature skin and improves collagen levels when ingested or applied topically.

Tea Tree Oil
Ideal for moisturizing and cleansing, tea tree oils reduces sebum production in the sebaceous glands and reduces the amount of bacteria that cause blemishes to form. Its antiseptic properties make it an effective healer, it is known for its ability to safely remove dead cells from the skin and decrease the appearance of wrinkles.

Shea
Shea butter evens skin tone and protects and moisturizes the skin and scalp without clogging pores. Extracted from the nut of the West African karate tree, shea butter is naturally rich in vitamins A and E and helps restore elasticity to the skin and soothe irritation.

Shea butter

Olive Oil
Hailed as a skin care remedy by the ancient Egyptians, olive oil is still regarded as one of the most effective natural oils for skin care. It has been associated with everything from aiding in digestion to acne prevention and anti-aging. The words “Extra virgin” or “cold pressed” on the label should indicate that the olive oil contained within is the purest of all extract and have more nutritional components to improve skin appearance, but beware falsely labelled products!

Avocado
One of the finest extracts found in nature, the oil from the avocado is an extract long found in face masks, bath oils, and cleansing cream. Avocados are rich in vitamin A, which is effective at removing dead skin cells and contain amino acids which protect skin against environmental damage.

Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter is known for the ability to reduce scars and is often recommended by surgeons to patients to reduce evidence of surgery incisions. It is credited with boosting collagen in the skin and reducing stretch marks and the appearance of wrinkles and frown lines. Cocoa butter is an active ingredient in most moisturizers and is useful in combatting rough skin where dryness is common.
Cocoa butter

Coconut Oil
Great for both hair and skin care, coconut oil is an effective moisturizer for dry skin and scalp. It can also delay the appearance of wrinkles and has been proven to be effective in the treatments of psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. The antioxidant properties of the coconut prevent premature aging and degenerative disease and it is available in a variety of skin care products, such as lotions, soaps, and creams.

Do you know of any plant extracts we haven’t mentioned that do wonders for your skin? Let us know your favorites. We’re all ears!

Skin Friendly Snacks

The frozen snack aisle assaults you with a dizzying array of mini hot pockets, hot wings, fries, chicken nuggets, and cheese filled soft pretzel sticks, while the snack and candy aisle seems to have taken on epic proportions. There are potato chip flavors that you never dreamed were capable of fitting into a potato chip and hybrid candy bars that would have baffled Willie Wonka. And all you can think of is how badly your skin is going to react to all this. If you’re looking to avoid a major skin irritation flare up, here are some skin friendly snacks you may want to include at your next big celebration.

Berries

Berries
When choosing fruits and vegetables, color signals high the presence of natural pigments with antioxidant properties. Berries burst with color and antioxidants, replenishing your skin’s antioxidant defenses and absorbing free radicals from ultraviolet light.

Brazil Nuts
Packed with healthy monosaturated fats, Brazil nuts are a key source of selenium, which is crucial for immune support and a healthy circulatory system. These nuts are also rich in vitamin C, which improves skin circulation for a radiant glow.

dark chocolates

Dark Chocolate
Once thought to be the enemy of adolescent skin, dark chocolate is one of the newest snacks to achieve superfood status. Research in the European Journal of Nutrition and the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology shows that, dark chocolate, in addition to protecting the blood vessels and heart, can also help defend skin from sun damage. When applied topically, natural cocoa butter is an effective ingredient in preserving skin moisture and elasticity.

Yogurt
Low-fat yogurt is a key source of vitamin A, known for its skin enhancing and anti-aging properties. The vitamin boosts the skin’s production of collagen and protects against its deterioration, increasing and preserving skin elasticity.

Kiwis

Kiwi
When it comes to Vitamin C rich fruits, oranges and grapefruit typically come to mind. That’s why it may come as a surprise to find out kiwifruit is an even more powerful source of the antioxidant. Vitamin C plays a valuable role in skin health, maintaining connective tissue and also prevents scurvy. Although it has since been eradicated, scurvy was once a major cause of sickness among sailors who suffered disfigurement as a result of the deprivation of vitamin C. Other good C sources include papaya and guava.

Olives and Olive Oil
If you are organizing a skin friendly celebration, make sure olives and olive oil are on the grocery list. Besides, being full of healthy monosaturated fats, extra virgin olive oil uniquely contains phytochemicals, health improving chemicals found naturally in plants. Enjoy olives and olive oil in food, or apply the oil directly to skin to receive its nourishing benefits.

Let us know what your skin friendly snack picks are! We love to hear from you!

Bringing EVOO to The Table

Olive oil

Evoo is the new Free Dictionary term for Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and one could say that it certainly has “arrived.” When it comes to olive oils, EVOO is the undoubted emerging superstar. However, fame has its downsides. As happens so often to those who have made it, there is the likelihood of imitators. EVOO is no exception. Shockingly, a large percentage of what is labelled as “Extra Virgin Olive Oil” or even “Certified” is not. More than 700 million consumer dollars a year is spent on olive oils, but many on the market are, in fact, cut with cheap vegetable oil. Let’s investigate.

What Is Real Extra Virgin Olive Oil?
Extra virgin olive oil the finest of olive oils on the market. It is made from 100% fresh olive juice. EVOO can come only from olives that are milled within 24 hours of being harvested and must be extracted mechanically, and not by using chemicals and heat, nor can it be chemically treated in any way.

Olives, which are fruit, contain antioxidants that naturally preserve the plant. As the olive tree ages, its level of antioxidants increases. Trees producing EVOO are often hundred of years old and extremely rich in antioxidants.

Tips for Getting Real EVOO

  1. Don’t buy light olive oil or an olive oil blend.
  2. Beware of EVOO costing less than $10 a liter.
  3. Real EVOO is only available in dark bottles to protect form oxidation.
  4. Real EVOO should have a seal for the IOC (International Oil Council)
  5. There should be a harvesting date on the label.
  6. It will have a fruity taste towards the front of the mouth and a peppery taste at the back.

Nutritional Benefits
Olive oil traditionally contains more monosaturated fat than other vegetable oils, increasing the good cholesterol (HDL) and lowering the LDL, or bad cholesterol. If has no trans fat, carbohydrates, or cholesterol and has less saturated fat than butter. Olive oil contains Vitamins E, A, and beta-carotene along with other antioxidants.

Olive oil consumption has been linked to lower risk of cancer and helps protect against gastritis and ulcers. It is well received by the stomach and lowers the likelihood of formation of gallstones. In addition, the ingredient has been shown to lower the risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease by reducing LDL and has been known to lower risk of diabetes and delay the onset of diabetes related complications.

Are you in on the EVOOlution? Let us know your fave EVOO recipes and whether or not it will be on your holiday table this season. We love to hear from you!

Choosing The Right Foods For Your Skin

Let’s take a moment to give thanks for our skin. Where else would we put our lovely tattoos? Our skin protects us from the sun and keeps out nasty germs. It can be pierced to display beautiful jewelry. It acts as a water barrier. It cools us when we are hot and keeps us warm and snug when we are cold. Plus, the skin is the largest sexual organ of the body. Think about it. Skin is constantly changing. It can be lifted and pulled, darkened and lightened, damaged and healed. Since our skin does so much for us, shouldn’t we make sure we treat it as well as we possibly can?

We are what we eat and our skin is part of what we are. Los Angeles dermatologist, Jessica Wu says, “What you eat can affect your hormone balance, cause acne, and create or lessen inflammation, which is associated with aging.” When it comes to skin care, the foods you put in your body can be just as important as the facial creams you put on it. Here are some foods you can eat that your skin will thank you for.

woman using olive oil

Olive Oil
This makes sense. We all want our skin to maintain oil as we age, so shy not put some in our bellies? A 2012 study found that women who consumed more that 2 teaspoons of olive oil a day showed 31% less evidence of aging. This is because 75% of the fat in olive oil is in monosaturated fatty acids which keep you young and the antioxidants in olive oil defend against dangerous free radicals.

Tomatoes
Here’s the perfect place for that olive oil tomatoes. A tablespoon of olive oil along with 5 tablespoons of tomato paste has been proven to give 33% more protection from the sun. Lycopene found in tomatoes can raise the natural SPF levels of the skin.

Dark Chocolate
Delicious and healthy? That’s like being cute and single. Cocoa flavanols can improve circulation and hydrate skin. According to 12-week study, drinking a high flavanol cocoa every day caused less scaliness and roughness to women’s skin. To avoid weight gain while maintaining glowing skin, sticking to a 1 oz. a portion of the cocoa is recommended.

oatmeal Oatmeal
While we are singing the praises of oatmeal, let’s take a moment to point out a less desirable breakfast option, the bagel with jelly. With carbs and refined sugar, a bagel with jelly will increase production of insulin and hormones called androgens which, according to Lisa Drayer, MA, RD, author of “The Beauty Diet,” cause sebaceous glands in the skin to secrete more oil which gets trapped inside pores, causing pimples. Stick to the oatmeal and try topping it with fruit as opposed to brown sugar.

Sardines
Omega -3 fatty acids are among the best fat sources and sardines are packed with them. One serving has 1.5 grams of Omega-3. Sardines are rich in DHA which is an anti-inflammatory and helps to prevent acne, inflammation being the root cause of breakouts.

Orange Peel
Admittedly a more acquired taste, the researcher found that people who ate the peels of citrus fruits had a 33% reduced risk for squamous cell carcinoma, while juice and fruit had no effect. Peels contain limonene which has UV protective properties. Try blending them into a juice or smoothie for a less bitter taste.

Foods That Promote Memory and Longevity

In 1935, Woody Allen  said, “You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be one hundred.”  This is true to some extent.  We have all heard stories of octogenarians who claim to have smoked a cigarette every day of their lives or have engaged in some kind of dangerous taboo and have beaten the odds.  However, nowadays we find that there is an alternative.  More modern studies reveal that we can eat  foods that are enjoyable and will also promote longevity and  boost our memories.

Dark chocolate

A favorite among these is dark chocolate.  According to recent studies, this awful temptress that our mothers warned us about, is really quite good for us.  You may already be aware  that dark chocolate can lower cholesterol, improve brain function, and prevent cardiovascular disease, but did you know it may also  protect your skin against the sun?   And, take heart if you are struggling with your weight.  The fats in dark chocolate are mostly saturated and unsaturated, giving it an excellent fatty acid profile, although it still is best consumed in small amounts because of its high-calorie content and sugar.  But, keep in mind, if you do indulge, the higher the cocoa content, the more beneficial to your health.

Mediterranean diet

But what about memory loss?  Over 5.2 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.  Is it preventable?  While scientists are still not certain about the complete workings of the memory, a John Hopkins Health Alert reported two studies giving evidence to the theory that a Mediterranean diet may be the answer.  The Mediterranean diet is  a plant-based diet with limited red meat, limited animal fat,  and  low-fat dairy.  One study, printed in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry evaluated two groups of people in their 70s over a period of six years.    One group was given a low-fat diet and the other  followed a Mediterranean diet. At the conclusion of the test, it was discovered that the group who followed the Mediterranean diet scored higher on cognitive tests and were less likely to develop dementia.  So, bottom line, losing the fat may be consistent with losing the marbles. (Take that froyo!!)

Olive oil

However, we must be aware that it is not about loading the fats on, but  rather choosing our fats wisely.  According to the Mayo Clinic, the reason the Mediterranean diet is so effective is because olive oil is its primary source of fat.  Olive oil provides monosaturated fat, which can help lower cholesterol levels and provide antioxidants.

So, do not surrender to  complete abandonment when it comes to mealtimes.  We all need to be aware that everything should be done in moderation and this article is not suggesting that you go to your local Greek or Southern Italian place and order a highly caloric dish followed by a dark chocolate bar.  Overeating can also be very dangerous and is a leading cause of death in America, but, isn’t it nice to know that, in some instances, we can have our cake and eat it too, even if it portion controlled?

How Your Diet Affects Your Skin – Vine Vera Reviews

Your skin is the largest, but often most overlooked, organ that your body has. Your skin is so much more important than just your complexion and coloring: it provides your body’s first line of defense against disease, germs and damage. Not only does what you put on your skin affect how your skin looks and functions, but it also matters what you put into your body that affects whether your skin runs at peak efficiency. Radiant, clear skin is not the only benefit of eating a healthy, balanced diet, your waistline may decrease as well. Below, we’ve listed some of the top diets that dermatologists and nutritionists recommend for healthy, happy skin.

Mediterranean diet and olive oil.

Mediterranean
The Mediterranean diet has been getting more and more popular as people look to other cultures for diet help. This is not a traditional diet in that you need to restrict certain foods and only consume others, rather it is a way of eating and preparing your food. Previously the oldest living woman in the world, Jeanne Calment, lived to be 122 years and 164 days old and many people, including some family and friends, believe that her way of life and her French diet was a reason for her continued health. Because of her location in France, her diet was heavily influenced by Mediterranean eating habits. What makes the Mediterranean diet so beneficial to your skin? It is rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. The mainstays of this type of diet include leafy greens, tomatoes, fresh fruits, fish and olive oil. Additionally, red wine in moderation is a large part of this diet.

Low carbohydrate diet.

Low Carbohydrates
The two most famous low-carb diets are the South Beach diet and the Atkins diet. Both of these diets recommend a high intake of protein while severely limiting carbohydrates like refined sugar, white bread and pasta. For many who use these diet plans, meat becomes a large part of their diet and dermatologists caution followers of these diets. If you are eating too much meat, your production of damaging free radicals can increase resulting in skin damage. However, a balanced diet full of whole grains, lean meats in moderation and fresh produce can be very beneficial to your skin. The reason that dermatologists believe this is a good way to clear skin is that reducing refined carbohydrates lowers your cortisol levels, which can increase the frequency of breakouts. There is also research being conducted about the level regarding the connection between blood sugar and skin.

Vegetables served on the table.

Vegetarian or Vegan
If you have been considering giving up meat, clearer and healthier skin may be another reason of your list of pros. In general, diets comprised of mainly fresh produce and whole grains which are great at providing beneficial antioxidants. These antioxidants fight free radicals, wrinkles and signs of aging such as brown spots. However, nutritionists warn that just because animal products are excluded doesn’t necessarily mean that a vegetarian or vegan diet is immediately good for you, after all Oreos are a vegan food. This diet works for you if you put the time into preparing meals of fresh vegetable, whole grains and sources of protein other than animals.

If you aren’t ready to commit to any one diet to improve the condition of your skin, dermatologists and nutritionists agree that simply reducing your intake of saturated fats and refined carbohydrates while increasing your intake of fresh produce can go a long way in improving the clarity of your skin. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, at least 64 ounces per day!

Which Oil is Best for Your Skin? Vine Vera Reviews

Oils used in skin care have always been around, but their popularity has exploded in the past few years. Skin care oils are still going strong and are made available to everyone with various price points and different types of oil. Though it’s great to have all of these options, it can be totally overwhelming when you want to purchase one. You read all of the claims, they sound so promising and then your results are a bit disappointing. Don’t swear off oils forever, you just need to find the oil that suits your skin type the best. And yes, even blemish-prone or oily skin can benefit from oils. Vine Vera reviews the best oils for your skin.

Woman getting a spa treatment.

Why oils are good for your skin
Oils contain essential fatty acids that give your skin the hydration that is desperately needs. Additionally, oils act as your skin’s lipid barrier which is important as the lipid barrier protect your skin from environmental concerns like dry climates and extreme temperatures. It also reverses damage you inflict on your own skin by exfoliating too often or harshly or over-cleansing your skin, stripping it of it’s natural oils.

What oils are right for your skin type?

Therapist applying olive oil with herbs on the back of a woman in a spa.

Dry or Mature Skin
Skin care oils are especially beneficial for skin that is dry or aging. If you have dry skin, you lack moisture and have a difficult time retaining moisture. Oils help balance out the skin, penetrate deeply into the skin and provide long-lasting moisture. Some of the best oils for dry skin include:

  • Almond Oil – Sweet almond oil absorbs easily into skin, leaving skin soft and supple. Almond oil has been used for centuries to achieve radiant skin. One of the best things about sweet almond oil for use on your face or body is that is does not clog pores.
  • Olive Oil – You probably associate olive oil with your pantry, but it is a serious multi-tasker. As a moisturizer oil plumps and moisturizes skin with vitamins A and E. You can also use olive oil to remove stubborn eye makeup or as a shave cream substitute for exceptionally smooth legs.

Woman getting a spa treatment with coconuts and coconut oil.

Oily Skin
It seems completely counter-intuitive to add oil to an oily skin type. Contrary to popular belief, adding oil to an oily skin type does not increase oil production. In fact, it helps to provide moisture your skin may be lacking. When your skin receives the moisture it is lacking, you may find the oil production decreases. Oils that benefit oily skin types include:

  • Rosehip Seed Oil – Rosehip seed oil has been used for centuries by women to enhance beauty. Recently, Victoria’s Secret supermodel, Miranda Kerr, confessed that she swears by this oil to keep her radiant complexion. Rosehip seed oil contains vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids which not only hydrate the skin, but also help fade dark spots and reduce fine lines.
  • Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is a popular household item that is used for a ton of reasons. Use it as a moisturizer for your oily skin or add a bit of sugar to the coconut oil and exfoliate. Exfoliating with coconut oil not only removes dead skin cells, it also leaves your skin smooth and hydrated.

If you have combination or normal skin, VineVera recommends you to experiment with the above oils or try a different one such as argan or marula oils. Oils for skin care are beneficial for all skin types and often perform more than one task in your beauty routine. Save your skin, and some money, with oils.

Olive Oil for Skin Care – Vine Vera Reviews

Olive oil on a wooden table with an and olive branch in the background

Olive oil has been commonly used as a means of taking care of the skin for over 5000 years. It is extracted from the olive tree that can be found all over the Mediterranean region. The first mentions of the use of olive oil can be traced back to the Great Egyptian civilization, where it was used as a cosmetic to keep the skin soft and glowing. People soon began to use it in their diet and also as a medicinal ingredient to help treat all sorts of skin and health-related issues. Modern-day science has further shown that olive oil really offers wondrous benefits to ones’ skin and health. The oil is rich in vitamin E, and this lets it give your skin a healthier and younger look and a smoother and softer feel. Vine Vera reviews some of the best benefits of olive oil for skin care.

Anti-aging benefits
Olive oil contains a number of antioxidant ingredients such as hydroxytyrosol and vitamin E. These antioxidants prevent cellular degeneration and ward off the common signs of aging. The presence of squaline also allows olive oil to prevent skin sagging and promote skin elasticity. According to a study published in The Journal of Pathology, the vitamin E in olive oil was one of the main reasons why it manages to prevent free radical damage and save the skin from photo aging.

Exfoliates the skin better
Olive oil is known to be an excellent exfoliator because of its deep penetrating action. It gives the skin a flawless and rejuvenated look by removing the dead cells from the outermost layer of the skin, without causing any irritation.

Removes makeup 
Using olive oil is an excellent way of removing the makeup from one’s face. The oil dissolves the makeup, thereby making it easier to remove the makeup without having to scrub the facial skin. This is particularly useful when removing mascara.

Photo of handsome man shaving
Helps out with shaving
Most men suffer from shaving issues such as razor burns, nicks and bumps. Using olive oil based lubricants can prevent these issues. All one has to do is apply some olive oil on the facial skin and shave over the area that has been doused with olive oil.

Doesn’t clog pores 
A number of heavy creams end up clogging the pores, which ultimately makes your skin conditions worse. Using products that contain olive oil should help you relieve your skin because of its non comedogenic properties. Simply apply some olive oil based product on your skin and wipe away the excess product. Your skin should immediately begin to look younger, more beautiful and softer.

Relieves itchiness
Skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema lead to inflamed and itchy skin. Olive oil can work wonders in relieving the itchiness and reducing the discomfort that usually accompanies such conditions.

Prevents dry skin 
Olive oil is famous for its moisturizing properties for centuries. Applying olive oil on the skin lets it retain its moisture content and look beautiful and hydrated. Olive oil is very rich in healthy fats, vitamin A and vitamin E. This makes it go a long way in preventing dry skin and giving the skin a plumped and moisturized effect.

Vine Vera on Olive Oil Benefits for Burn Wounds – VineVera Reviews

Bottle of olive oil with olives and leaves Olive oil has been used as a skin care ingredient for centuries. Despite being one of the oldest ingredients in the world of skin care, it is still known to be one of the most popular ones. One of the main reasons why Vine Vera loves this ingredient is that it is very rich in natural fatty acids, minerals and vitamins. It is also known to be a powerful anti-aging ingredient that offers the skin with a number of antioxidants. The presence of these antioxidants can help to prevent the appearance of wrinkles and lines and also go a long way in protecting and rejuvenating the way your skin looks.

Olive oil might have emerged into the world of skin care based on ancient beliefs and ancient science, but modern day scientific studies also confirm that it is actually an effective ingredient for the skin. Today, this ingredient is considered to be one of the best, safest and most natural remedies for the skin.  Apart from offering antioxidants, minerals and vitamins; olive oil is also known to be anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic.

Vine Vera discovered a new olive oil study that was published in the Burns Journal. This study goes on to show that consuming olive oil can actually help you to expedite the burn healing process of your skin. It is already known that people suffering from burns need more proteins, vitamins, calories and minerals in their nutrition and olive oil helps them to add all these ingredients into diets.

Previous studies have already proved that olive oil can prove to be very effective when treating skin burns. It is also known that antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients are extremely useful in the treatment of burns. As a result, the researchers of this study set about evaluating the benefits of olive oil in terms of healing burn wounds when patients are offered with diets that are rich in olive oil.

The study was conducted using a group of 100 burn patients who had to be hospitalized with second degree burns or third degree burns on at least 10 – 20% of the body surface area. All patients were offered with sunflower oil or olive oil in their diets. The researchers examined the patients on a daily basis and they discovered that even though there was no major difference in terms of the total burn surface area, there was a major difference in terms of the wound healing process and the hospitalization period. The study concluded that patients who were offered with olive oil managed to accelerate their wound healing processes and reduce the duration of their hospitalization as well.

The use of olive oil as a skin care ingredient was also supported by a study conducted by a group of researchers working for the Rockstock University (Germany) and the Tel Aviv University (Israel) in the year 2010. This study had shown that polyphenols are extremely effective in neutralizing and repairing the damage caused by the free radicals present in sun damaged skin. And it is common knowledge that olive oil is extremely rich in polyphenols as well.