Who can forget Sophia Loren?
If you can believe it, the legendary Italian actress is now 83 years old — and we still look to her as an example of poise and confidence.
I love her outlook on aging…
She once told ABC News correspondent Chris Connelly, “There is always something to look forward to in life. Whatever age you have.”
In her 1984 book Women & Beauty, she talked about taking pride in your own unique features, whatever they may be:
“If you have the strength to appreciate your idiosyncrasies, the rest of the world in the end may come to agree with you.”
Even after five decades in the spotlight, she still walks the red carpet with grace and class. She seems almost immune to the passage of time.
While I was reading about Sophia Loren, I discovered some unique methods she uses to rejuvenate her skin.
True to her roots, she credits her youthful appearance to the Italian habit of using lots of olive oil in her diet.
Olive oil is full of antioxidants that fight free radical damage. It’s rich in vitamins A, D, K, and especially skin-nourishing vitamin E.
Most important, olive oil contains a powerful compound called squalene — which naturally hydrates your skin and even helps support collagen levels.
Now, you may think of olive oil as something you only use in food, but it’s also great to use topically on your skin.
In fact, Sophia Loren is famous for applying olive oil directly to her skin to moisturize.
The beauty of olive oil is that your skin will absorb only as much as it needs… leaving it both protected and hydrated.
I recommend applying a small amount to your skin after … all it takes is a few drops. Massage it in until your skin feels smooth, supple, and luxurious.
(If you’ve used too much, it’s easy to remove the excess with a warm washcloth.)
Whether you use it in food or directly on your skin, olive oil holds powerful anti-aging properties — Sophia Loren is living proof!
I saved my favorite quote for the end:
“Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.”