Extra virgin olive oil is a plant oil produced by pressing whole olives and extracted without the use of chemicals and industrial refining. It is considered an unrefined oil and the highest-quality olive oil you can buy. Because of the way extra-virgin olive oil is made, it retains more true olive taste, and has a lower level of oleic acid than other olive oil varieties. It also contains more of the natural vitamins and minerals found in olives.
The secret to its benefits for your skin is that extra virgin olive oil is rich in antioxidants like vitamin E, polyphenols, flavonoids and phytosterols. These antioxidants do a number of things for your skin:
Protect your cells from external damage—from the sun, pollution and other environmental stressors
Improve skin elasticity
Reduce signs of aging such as wrinkles
Keep your skin looking bright and healthy