What’s the difference between olive oil and extra virgin olive oil? And which one is better to use on skin anyways? (We dove deep into these questions on this week’s episode of Olive Oil Skincare 101 on TikTok)
The main difference between olive oil and extra virgin olive oil is that olive oil is produced using heat and/or chemicals, while extra virgin olive oil is not. Extra virgin olive oil (which is the only type of olive oil produced here at the Queen Creek Olive Mill) is produced using a “cold press” method.
So… why does it matter and why does it matter for skin? It matters because extra virgin olive oil has a higher polyphenol (antioxidant) content than regular old olive oil. The cold pressing process also preserves more of the vitamins and fatty acids that exist in the oil.
An antioxidant, vitamin, and fatty acid rich oil is much more beneficial to put on your skin versus one that the nutrients have been extracted from via heat. Those nutrients are what have made extra virgin olive oil a natural remedy for common skin ailments for hundreds of years.
The extra virgin olive oil that we use in our Olivespa products is a high polyphenol blend, so basically the most antioxidants you can get. These antioxidants will help repair, nourish, and support your skin on a daily basis. Bottom line: don’t skip the EVOO on your salad or on your face.