What’s so great about olive oil? Part I: Protects against Cancer!
SANY Skincare prides itself on its beginnings, which were friendship and olive oil. As Sany built her business, she would use a dab of olive oil on her skin at night, particularly under her eyes to help protect her skin and keep that luminous look she’s know for (seriously folks, look her up, she glows!). She would share this advice and other beauty tips with her friends and from this SANY Skincare was born. Today, I want to figure out what is it exactly about olive oil that gives her such great skin.
Well it turns out a whole lot is great about olive oil. During my research, I found just way too much good stuff to put into one post, so I think this one will turn into a series. For now, let’s focus on its ability to protect against cancers; this benefit also falls under anti-aging as well so it’s a big benefit. Side note, I mentioned in my previous post that I’m a redhead so it’s reasonable to assume that I have a fair complexion; I do. And, melanoma runs in my family so I’m super into skincare products that protect against it and other skin cancers.
Skin cancer, like other cancers, is the result of mutations in our cellular DNA. Some mutations are good; it’s a mutation that gives me my red hair, but when the mutation causes abnormal and/or uncontrolled cellular deterioration/growth that’s when it gets bad. The most common cause of wrinkles and other signs of aging as well as skin cancer is sun damage. The UV rays in sunlight damage our skin cells. UV damage results in the proliferation of free-radicals, which can further damage the skin as they react with their immediate environment. Well we have natural protection against this kind of damage, and one of our protectants is sebum, the oily substance in our pores. Sebum usually gets a bad rap because when it gets out of control it causes acne, but like most things in life, in moderation, it is really good. Sebum contains a variety of properties that protect the skin from damage. According to an article in the journal Clinics in Dermatology, olive oil happens to have a lot of those same properties. Namely, olive oil activates “enzyme p53, the substance that prevents and repairs skin damage” caused by sun damage (Publio Viola, et. al., 2009). Also, according to another article in a journal called Carcinogenesis, olive oil helps prevent cancer when applied before and AFTER sun exposure (Arief Budiyanto, et. al., 2000). It doesn’t just prevent sun damage, it repairs it! It REVERSES damage you already have.
So many skincare products make me feel horrible because they promote prevention not correction. What if I already have some damage? I get that the best course of action is prevention, but it’s such a relief to know that SANY Skincare can actually REPAIR damage too! How fantastic.
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