Sophia Loren is one of my most favorite screen sirens from 60’s. She was stunningly beautiful in her hay-day, and still today she is a vision of grace. I always wanted to know Ms. Loren’s supple skin delphian. After some digging and pressing I found olives and multitude of olive oil bottles fueling the Italian diva’s radiant skin.
Sophia’s Mediterranean diet ensured that she was able to include at least two tablespoons of the stuff in her food every day. Research has shown Olive oil contains a compound known as oleocanthal, which has been found to stop the activity of two specific enzymes (Cox-1 and Cox-2) at the heart of inflammatory conditions in the body in a similar way as ibuprofen and other NSAIDs. About 1.75 ounces (50 grams) of olive oil in your daily diet equals roughly 10 percent of the recommended adult dose of ibuprofen. Because of this anti-inflammatory action olive oil can be helpful for different types of common inflammatory skin conditions including psoriasis and different forms of dermatitis including atopic dermatitis (chronic eczema), contact dermatitis (allergic eczema) and seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff).
Sophia routinely used to rub a small amount into her skin to keep her complexion glossy and moisturized. She even added a few capfuls into a hot bath for a nourishing skin soak.
Recent studies have showed that olives and olive oil are packed with antioxidants that help to boost the body's built-in defense against free radicals, molecules that become damaged by sun exposure and other environmental hazards. Free radicals damage healthy cells, and lead to cancerous cell formation. They also lead to loss of collagen and elastin, two components in the skin that keep it looking young. All these actions make olive oil a good choice in the battle against cancer and fighting the effects of premature aging.