Emollient plant oil (Latin name Olea europaea) with benefits similar to those of several other non-fragrant plant oils. Olive oil is beneficial for dry skin because of its fatty acid content, some of which comes from the emollient squalene. Olive oil contains essential fatty acids dry skin needs, including oleic, palmitic, and linoleic acids. It also contains phenolic compounds that provide antioxidant benefit. A small number of animal tests show that topically applied olive oil can protect against UVB damage. [1,2,3]
Used alone, olive oil has been shown to be problematic for skin because it seems to reduce skin’s barrier integrity and delay healing of injured skin, especially when compared with sunflower seed oil, a plant oil whose fatty acid profile is markedly different from that of olive oil. It’s believed that olive oil’s high oleic acid content may be responsible for this. This plant oil maintains a low potential for irritancy or allergic reaction. [4,5,6] To be very clear: When olive oil is mixed in a formula in small amounts with other beneficial ingredients, you get the benefit of its slip and emollient properties along with some antioxidant benefit. The negative effects of olive oil are apparent only when used alone on skin, particularly infant skin.
*No promo code required. Discount automatically applied in cart to original retail value. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or applied to previous purchases. Promotion expires 9pm PT, December 6, 2015.
**Promotion expires 9pm PT, December 30, 2015. No cash value. Applies to US and Canada only. For Holiday Shipping deadlines, click here.
***Enter promo code BOOK15 at checkout. Limit one (1) free Best Skin of Your Life book per order of $65+, while supplies last. Promotion expires 9pm PT, December 6, 2015.
****Promotion expires 8:59pm PT, December 30, 2015. Choose any 3 from 44 available FREE individual sample packettes on orders of $5+.
Ongoing offers on paulaschoice.com are subject to change.
Please sign in and access your saved member information.
Are you new to our site?Create an account and enjoy benefits that offer faster checkout, easy order tracking and quick reorders.
Are you new to our site? Checkout as a guest. You will have the option to create an account later in checkout.