Olive oil beauty secrets have a long history for healthy skincare. Since the times of the Pharaohs, the Egyptians have used the secrets of olive oil with beeswax as a cleanser, moisturizer, and antibacterial agent. Cleopatra was said to regularly use olive oil as a skin treatment to maintain her youthful beauty. In ancient Greece, olive oil was initially used for making fragrance oils but later, Greeks began using olive oil for food, lighting, pharmaceutical purposes and cosmetic use as a skin cleanser and moisturizer. Olive oil makes the skin soft and smooth and it’s excellent for sensitive skin!
The secret to olive oil is its richness in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and natural fatty acids. Olive oil is a powerful ingredient of anti-aging skin care products; it contains one of the most powerful antioxidants – polyphenol, it prevents skin aging, the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, it also nourishes, rejuvenates and protects the skin. Rich in vitamins E and A, olive oil helps prolong youth, hydrates the skin, maintains its elasticity and softness and helps skin cells to regenerate. Olive oil beauty secrets seem to be endless!
“Women whose diets are rich in olive oil have less skin damage and wrinkling”, says Lisa Drayer, RD, author of The Beauty Diet: Looking Great Has Never Been So Delicious. For big beauty benefits, “cook with it instead of vegetable oil and use it on bread instead of butter,” she advises.
Let’s explore some practical ways for using olive oil in your daily beauty routine:
To remove makeup. Using a cotton swab, dab a bit under your eyes, on your cheeks and forehead, then wipe with a damp cloth.
As a hair treatment. Apply a few tablespoons of warmed olive oil on damp hair, massage into the scalp and rub through the ends. Leave it on for thirty minutes to an hour. The olive oil will clean and condition the scalp and soften the hair.
In your bath. Add 5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil into your bathtub when taking a bath, it will moisturize your skin. Try using Little Angel Greek pure olive oil soaps when you bathe for extra care.
For a massage. Use olive oil to massage your body before taking a shower.
As a moisturizer. Use small amounts of olive oil as a moisturizer. It will not leave your skin oily! It will eliminate dryness an promotes anti-aging by reduce the appearance of wrinkles without clogging your pores.
For a smooth shave. Olive oil will help your razor glide along your skin for a super-close, smooth and slick shave. It will leave your skin with fewer nicks and cuts and greater moisture.
To exfoliate. Mix olive oil and sea salt in a rub and massage it into the affected area to slough off dead skin and enrich the healthy layer beneath it. The anti-aging benefits of exfoliation will simply add to your natural beauty!