Hippocrates called Olive oil “the great healer” and Homer referred to it as “liquid gold.” It has been prized and valued for most of human civilization and used as food, medicine, soap and light. As a benefit to the skin, the key to Olive oil’s power lies in three major types of antioxidants: vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols, all of which are critical to proper cell turnover and skin metabolism. These compounds bind to free radicals created by sun exposure and environmental toxins and helps to prevent them from causing cell damage. They not only slow the process of declining collagen production due to aging, but encourage the production of new collagen. Olive oil penetrates deeply into the skin, won’t clog pores, and is a highly beneficial addition to all diets and skin care routines.