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What’s the difference between types of olive oils?

Olive oil is one of those rare gems that is beneficial for total health, well-being and fabulous skin. The rich nutrients and emollients imparted on the skin through the use of olive oil can give you a radiant glow that is a sure sign of well nourished skin. Determining which type of olive oil is best for you requires an understanding of the different types available.

The first differential in terms of olive oil involves where the oil is produced, and thus the types of olives used for the oil. Some of the most common types include Greek, Californian, French, Italian and Spanish. The regional differences provide for different consistencies in the oil due to the type of olives used in production.

Production is another huge factor in the type and quality of olive oils. Extra virgin olive oil has the best quality, is derived by passing the olives through a cold pressing process once and has an acidity level of roughly one percent. The next best type of olive oil is virgin olive oil and is also passed once through a cold press; though less than premium olives are used and thus a higher acidic value is derived.

For skin care, use the best quality oil sparingly for deep conditioning of extremely dry and rough patches of skin. One alternate option is to use products containing refined olive oil as a primary ingredient, as the benefits of the oil itself will be found in the products and thus give you the healing and conditioning benefits inherent to olive oil.

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