Skin Deep

Can olive oil prevent skin aging?

The scientific evidence that olive oil is good for us keeps getting stronger.

In terms of health, studies have proven that diets that incorporate this oil (such as in Mediterranean diets) help people live longer, healthier lives. Rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), olive oil has also been linked to lower cholesterol, and may also normalize blood clotting, blood sugar levels and insulin levels.

But one recent study is shedding light on the potential beauty benefits associated with ingesting olive oil. In this study of almost 3,000 men and women between 45 and 60, a higher intake of olive oil correlated with less severe photo aging in the form of fine lines, wrinkles and signs of sun damage like uneven tone and rough texture.

So the next time you break out the pots and pans or serve up a salad, be sure to reach for the olive oil, too.

To reap even more benefits from olive oil, you can use it on your skin as well. It’s a great moisturizer for dry hands, feet and cuticles. It can even be used a deep treatment for your hair. You can also add a little olive oil to the tub when taking a bath for extra skin hydration. You can even use it on dry patches of skin, chapped lips, and just about anywhere else.

So they next time you’re in the supermarket, consider picking up a bottle of olive oil for your kitchen and your bathroom. This is just one of many beauty shortcuts that don’t have to cost a bundle.

What are your cooking-turned-beauty secrets? Share them with me at We’ll write about them in a future column.

Dr. Leslie Baumann is a board-certified dermatologist and the CEO of the Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute in Miami Beach.

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