What Are the Benefits of Olive Oil Soap?

by Marcie Doyle ; Updated September 28, 2017

Since 500 B.C., the benefits that olive oil has on the body have been widely known. The advantages, however, are not just limited to inside the body. Olive oil soap can also be healthful to the skin. Rich in Vitamin E and Beta Carotene, as well as being highly antioxidant, it stimulates new cell generation, slows the progression of wrinkles, and gives skin a youthful look. Extremely mild, it also helps people with a variety of skin conditions.

History

During the 6th century, craftsmen from France made olive oil soap by combining the ashes from sea plants with olive oil.

Composition

Olive oil is made from tree-ripened olives. To make soap, lye is added as a neutralizer.

Benefits

Hydroxytyrosol, an antioxidant found only in olive oil, provides anti-inflammatory effects to help heal skin abrasions, rashes and even sunburn. It is also non-greasy and won’t clog pores, helping those with acne.

Treatment

Olive oil soap is known to provide relief to such skin conditions as eczema and psoriasis.

Features

Olive oil soap is a hard bar, with low lathering ability. It is long lasting, cleans well and is very mild.

About the Author

Marcie Doyle is a copywriter, editor and proofreader from Chicago with 10 years experience. Her work has appeared in newspapers, web sites, catalogs, print advertisements, direct mail pieces and more. Doyle has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.