Olive oil skin care benefits are obtained in two (very enjoyable) ways!
First, by consuming delicious first cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil on your salads and other dishes. For both nutrient value and gourmet flavor, only the best product should be sought out. You actually save money since a product with real integrity that costs twice or three times as much as a lower quality oil may have many times the beneficial compounds as the low priced ones.
Second way to get olive oil skin care benefits is - apply it directly to your skin! Same thing applies as for a product you buy for food - this is FOOD for your SKIN!
Polyphenols for Maximum Olive Oil Skin Care Benefits
Polyphenols are one secret to olive oil skin care benefits.
Dr. Nicholas Perricone, skin care expert, says that the polyphenols (highest in extra virgin olive oil) function not only as antioxidants, but also as anti-inflammatories. He recommends both the liberal consumption of high-quality olive oil AND its inclusion in topical applications to the skin.
Inflammatory processes increase in the skin (and rest of body) as we age, deteriorating, damaging and aging tissue. Inflammation is a major factor in wrinkling and discoloration seen in skin as it ages.
Hydroxytyrosol is a very rare and extremely potent polyphenol compound found in the highest concentrations in the best olive oils. It slows the aging process of our skin by stabilizing the cell plasma membrane.
Diets rich in olive oil polyphenols have been found by researchers to enhance cardiovascular system, colon function, give a lot of protection from second-hand smoke and sun damage of skin.
Diets rich in anti-inflammatory polyphenols profoundly benefit health and beauty. Specific benefits include...
Reducing risk of breast and prostate cancer.
Increase moisture retention capacity of skin.
Prevent osteoporosis in adults and assist bone development in children.
Helps food absorption.
Olive Oil Skin Care Benefits Through Diet
Use the oil RAW for optimal results. There are so many ways to luxuriate in the gastronomic bliss that typically accompanies the imaginative use of olive oil in food preparation...
Bread dipping is one of the most fabulous (and easy). Just make sure to use a high-quality sourdough rye made the old fashioned way through fermentation and you will never look back!
Salads, of course - Greek salad just cries out for copious amounts of that Mediterranean Gold! How about hand-crafted goat chevre with dandelions, red onion and walnuts? Use in Caesar salad dressing as well...
Topical Use of Olive Oil for Skin Care
Direct application of polyphenol-rich olive oil to your skin is a delightful practice with many benefits...
1 - The anti-aging polyphenols are absorbed directly into your skin.
2 - Safe and gentle for even the most sensitive skin.
3 - Prevents free-radical damage and minimizes appearance of lines, wrinkles and other signs of premature skin aging.
4 - Brightens skin and makes skin tone more even.
Olive oil skin mosturizing is best accomplished by the use of the finest first cold pressed extra virgin product available. The reason for this is that first cold pressed extra virgin is RAW, with the highest amount of unspoiled nutritional compounds beneficial for skin health.
The cost, happily, is MUCH LESS than for a product that may contain any number of chemicals like parabens, coloring agents and other chemicals that are not only detrimental to skin health but to general health.
Anything you put on your skin can be absorbed into your bloodstream through the capillary system. Over time, a build-up of such toxins can place a burden on the body's pathways of elimination - liver, gallbladder, kidneys, colon, etc.
Many agents contained in skin care products have the exact OPPOSITE effect of stated claims. For example, did you know that many compounds used as emulsifiers (which keep oils and water in lotions from separating) can actually emulsify and break down the luxuriant fatty layer under the skin which keeps skin smooth and (along with healthy collagen structure) prevents wrinkling and sagging?
Olive oil skin care is a healthy, non-toxic way to moisturize and condition skin.
Olive Oil Skin Care Has a Long History
For centuries, olive oil skin care has been utilized by Mediterranean people. It maintains skin and muscle in supple condition, is healing for sunburn and helps soothe nicks and scratches as well.
Scientific studies with mice demonstrated that applying olive oil right after exposure to UVB rays significantly helped to reduce formation of skin cancer. 
Olive Oil Skin Care: Shaving Lotion for Men and Women
Did you ever read the ingredients on a can of commercial shaving cream?
Here are some of the toxic ingredients you typically will find: propane!!, butylhydroxytoluene, isobutane, butane among other chemicals!
Geez! Don't light a match near your face while shaving!
Imagine absorbing this chemical cocktail into your blood and filtering it through liver and kidneys daily. Is that what you want..?
Olive oil skin care can include its use as a mens' shaving oil!
It also is a luxuriant skin conditioner and oil for shaving womens' legs; considerably less expensive and healthier than many products made for that purpose.
Experiment with olive oil skin care - you will save money and add pleasure to your meals and your self-care program!
 Arief Budiyanto, Nazim U. Ahmed, An Wu, Toshinori Bito, Osamu Nikaido, Toshihiko Osawa, Masato Ueda, Masamitsu Ichihashi, "Protective effect of topically applied olive oil against photocarcinogenesis following UVB exposure of mice", Carcinogenesis, Vol. 21, No. 11, pp. 2085-2090, Nov. 2000.
 Ichihashi, M : Ahmed, N U : Budiyanto, A : Wu, A : Bito, T : Ueda, M : Osawa, T, "Preventive effect of antioxidant on ultraviolet-induced skin cancer in mice. ", J-Dermatol-Sci., Vol. 23, Suppl. 1S45-50, Mar. 2000.