The benefits of olive oil on skin are simple but amazing, the oil is rich in nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins which are great for the skin whether you choose to eat it or apply it externally. The vitamins A and E, including some polyphenols, contribute to cell repair and postponing of the signs of ageing.
Many people swear by the oil’s ability to promote a smooth and radiant complexion while maintaining the skin’s elasticity; something which has been known for thousands of years.
Here are some of our favourite uses for Olive Oil..
The Best Facial Cleanser
For this excellent facial cleanser combine 80% olive oil with 20% castor oil and customise to your own skin type with essential oils. Gently massage the oil combination into the face and neck for about two minutes, follow this by draping a warm, damp wash cloth over your face and leave until cool. Once removed gently wipe off the oil with a cool, damp wash cloth. One or two drops of the oil may be used to moisturise your skin afterwards.
Face and Body Exfoliant
Olive oil is the perfect ingredient to add to an exfoliant because of the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities of the oil. Take two or 3 tablespoons of olive oil and add two or three tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda, the finer the crystals of soda the better, you are aiming for a mildly abrasive mixture. The bicarbonate of soda can also be replaced with sugar. You can also add a few drops of essential oils to the basic recipe.
Bath Time Luxury
You do not need expensive potions to enjoy a luxurious bath time. Adding a couple of tablespoons of olive oil to the bath water will ensure that your soak will leave your body cleansed and well moisturised. To take your bath time experience to another level, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil and lie back and relax.
Soften Hard Cuticle
Warm a few tablespoons of olive oil and add to freshly squeezed lemon juice, three parts oil to one part juice and simply soak your fingertips for ten to fifteen minutes. The combination of the olive oil and lemon juice will gradually strengthen your nails making them more resistant to chipping.
Moisturising Hand Treatment
Before going to bed, smooth a generous amount of warm olive oil on your hands and put on plain, white cotton gloves and then go to sleep. In the morning your hands will be soft and smooth.
It is worth bearing in mind that the cold pressed extra virgin olive oil has the highest concentration of nutrients and because of the extraction process used, no chemical additives, it is therefore the very best for eating and applying to your skin. Always buy the best that you can afford and you will reap the health and beauty benefits.