The olive tree is a symbol of peace and health. Its nutritional and therapeutic properties have benefited people for centuries. Monounsaturated omega-3 fatty acids are well known to be what makes olive oil a functional food and a healthy ingredient to consume. But the benefits the olive tree offers does not end there. The seed or stone of the fruit and the leaves also contain healthy constituents that we've only begun to fully understand.
Hydroxytyrosol is one of the most functional compounds found in the olive. Hydroxytyrosol is one of nature's most powerful antioxidants and has the capacity to slow the onset and development of free radicals. Free radicals are formed by both internal (through our metabolic sytems) and external factors (pollution, smoking, alcohol, sun). In the simplest terms, free radicals are atoms or molecules that lack a paired electron. This means they are reactive, they attack stable molecules causing oxidation of the stable molecule, and the process repeats. When the imbalance becomes too great, problems occur. In the skin that means acne, premature aging, redness, loss of hydration and elasticity.
This is where antioxidants come in. Antioxidants have the ability to stop free radicals and prevent the oxidation of cells. When the balance is restored to your cells, your skin will look youthful, healthy, and be protected against damage from the environment.
Hydroxytyrosol is one of the powerful polyphenols found in the olive tree. Other biophenols present in the olive fruit and leaves are Tyrosol, Cumric Acid or Oleuropein. When applied to the skin, these extracts work together to give your skin a healthy dose of antioxidants.