olive oil: 9 BEAUTY TRICKS
ere are 9 ways for using olive oil at home. We gathered them over time from friends, beauticians, and family. Have fun as you test them.
We now know more about the different ingredients that work toward healthier skin: vitamin E, vitamin K, phenols, and squalene.
1. Morning Drink
Wake up the inner beauty in you by starting the day with a lemon, olive oil, and honey concoction. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a cup of hot water; add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil. Have this before breakfast and make it a routine; it’s an ideal way to wake up your liver with a good dose of vitamin C and to start your healthy daily intake of extra-virgin olive oil.
2. Natural Exfoliant 1
Our body naturally gets rid of dead skin, but sometimes it hangs on too long, giving us a dull, tired-looking complexion. Exfoliating removes dull, tired, dead cells and rejuvenates the skin. Use this natural scrub twice a week to help keep your complexion clear and healthy. You might need to double the ratios for a whole body and face scrub. Make a paste using 2 teaspoons of sea salt and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Using the tips of your fingers, rub the mixture on your face, neck, and body using circular movements, paying special attention to the thicker skin on your knees, elbows, and T-zone area (across the forehead and down the nose forms a T shape). This is also especially good for use on dry, cracked heels.
3. Natural Exfoliant 2
This sugar exfoliant, a mix of sugar and olive oil, is good for particularly hardened areas, like knees and elbows. Mix equal parts olive oil and sugar into a thick paste, rub it into the hardened areas, leave on for about seven minutes, then wash and dry. Moisturizing after will give you nice smooth skin.
4. Olive Oil Bath
For all-over body smoothness, add a few drops of extra-virgin olive oil to your warm bath.
Olive oil has been used for skin treatments since biblical times—and in the twenty-first century, it’s finding its way back as a beauty product around the world.
5. Face Mask
We know how important it is to cleanse the face every evening; we do it to remove all the grime and dirt from the day as well as makeup. Every so often, though, we need to go deeper to pull out those impurities that are lurking beneath the top layer of the skin. Using a face mask once a week will do this. It will also unclog our pores and get rid of any pimples caused by bacteria. This healthy, nutritious homemade mask does not take long to prepare; your skin will feel rejuvenated after the treatment. And you get to relax for fifteen minutes while it does its magic. Mash half an avocado with some olive oil and make it into a paste. Smooth it onto your face and leave for about fifteen minutes or so, then rinse.
6. Olive Oil Bath
Today, the use of too many hair dyes and strong conditioners can cause hair loss. Olive oil has always been used as a natural, effective treatment for hair rejuvenation. Extra-virgin olive oil can be used for the growth, regrowth, and conditioning of hair. When olive oil or an olive oil product is rubbed into the scalp, the stimulation together with the nutrients from extra-virgin olive oil acts on the hair follicle, penetrating all the way into the hair shaft. As well as providing health supplements, olive oil acts as a barrier to retain moisture and protect the scalp from the damaging effects of the sun. As a conditioner, olive oil beats any expensive salon treatment. Heat 3/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil in a pan or warm in a microwave for a few minutes. Rub into the scalp, continuing right to the ends. Put a towel in the microwave for 2 minutes until it is very warm but not too hot. Wrap around your head for at least 30 minutes to allow the warm oil to penetrate. Wash your hair as normal, using a gentle shampoo.
“Once you get involved with Olive Oil I think it starts circulating into your veins”
7. Make Up Remover
Taking off makeup is less fun than putting it on. If you don’t remove all the foundation, mascara, and eyeliner, it clogs up your skin and causes smudges around your eyes. Olive oil, similar in structure to the oils used in makeup, removes all makeup without damaging the skin; it will even get rid of waterproof mascara. Simply dab a little olive oil on a cotton ball and apply it over your face and eyes. Rub gently until all the makeup is removed. Rinsing with lukewarm water will remove any residue.
8. For shadows and Dark Rings
We sometimes refer to these as bags under the eyes; stress, hereditary factors, and lack of sleep can cause dark circles under your eyes. You’ll come across home remedies such as cucumber and tea bags, but did you know you can use a mixture of olive oil and lemon as well? Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil with the juice of half a lemon. Using a cotton ball, apply on the eyes, press lightly on the dark circles for about five minutes, then rinse. Lemon is known for its skin-lightening properties, while olive oil hydrates the skin.
9. Massage Oil
Nothing beats a massage to help you unwind and feel relaxed. Here’s massage oil you can use at home. Start by putting 200 milliliters (7 ounces) of olive oil in your massage bowl; add the juice of 1 whole lemon and 8 drops or so of lavender oil, the essential oil recognized for its calming and relaxing properties. It is ready to use. Olive oil is especially beneficial during the winter months when our bodies tend to get really dry. Just remember, though, that it’s not the best oil to use on your face as a moisturizer unless you have particularly dry skin.
Check this Italianraw page for some tricks and suggestions on how to use olive oil for your daily beauty care.
Vitamin E, vitamin K, phenols, and squalene and much more. Here’s a list of the key nutrients of olive oil that are good for your health and beauty.