Olive Oil has a long history and has been used by humans as far back as 8,000 BC. It is one of those magical substances that is good for almost everything – your diet, your skin, your hands and your nails.
As olive oil fat composition is very similar to that of human skin, it’s absorbed quickly and helps lock in moisture in the skin. The high percentage of unsaturated fat and vitamins A and E, helpful in preventing sun damage, also work on the outside to soothe and replenish, particularly sensitive skin.
Olive Oil the mainstay of the famed Mediterranean diet as it is a ‘good’ fat and can help lower cholesterol.
The oil is also a home remedy for softening ear wax and as a mild laxative. Olive Oil can be used in aromatherapy but other, lighter, oils are usually preferred as carrier oils – olive oil does carry a slight scent. A few drops are often added, particularly in massaging mature or dry skin.
Extra virgin is the preferred grade for using cosmetically, either as a deep penetration moisturiser or as a cleanser.
Here are some tips for using Olive Oil in your beauty regime
Cuticles and Nails:
For ragged cuticles and brittle nails, soak your nails in a small bowl of warm olive oil. A few minutes’ dunking can help brittle nails become more resilient and soften cuticles so you can safely push them back.
To soften your hands, smooth on a generous amount of olive oil each day until your hands are soft and smooth.
Dab a little olive oil on dry and chapped lips.
Whenever your face needs softening and moisturizing, massage a small amount of olive oil into your skin, applying extra oil to rough or cracked areas.
Add a few tablespoons of olive oil to your bath water to soften skin. Shaving Cream Men with sensitive skin can use olive oil as a shaving cream.
Dab a little olive oil on a cotton swab or tissue to remove makeup. It’s good as any branded product at removing mascara!