Next time you add olive oil to your salads, also think of the wonders it can make for your skin.
Olive oil is used as a base ingredient in a wide variety of soaps, creams, lotions, shampoos and other cosmetic products. Scientific research has confirmed that olive oil is rich in vitamins A, D, K and especially vitamin E, which are protective antioxidants that minimize cell-damaging oxidation and ageing.
You can use pure olive oil to moisturize and nourish dry skin and heal chapped lips, strengthen weak and brittle nails or to restore and beautify hair and scalp.
Prevent stretch marks, treat dry skin, psoriasis and eczema by massaging olive oil directly onto the affected area just straight out of the bottle. Add that to bath water for a moisturizing, or dab some on your lips at bedtime to heal and prevent chapping.
DIY Skincare Products - Olive Oil for Face and Skin
Olive Oil Face Mask
Use olive oil for face masks - it smooths the complexion and maintains your skin's elasticity.
Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of honey and one egg yolk until well blended. Apply the mask to face and leave that on for 15 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water. Use it once a week for lasting results.
Olive Oil Night Cream
Use olive oil as a night cream!
Mix 2 teaspoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of water (or micellar water) to get a rich emulsion and use as a night cream. The olive oil softens and moisturizes, and the vinegar lightens discolourations, kills bacteria and loosens dead skin cells. Splash water on your face before applying.
Olive Oil Feet and Hand Care
Take two 3-kg freezer or resealable plastic bags. Pure 1 tablespoon of olive oil in each bag, then fill a bowl with hot water and place the sealed bags in the water until it becomes warm (do not allow oil to become hot).
Take it out and check to see if the temperature is warm like, put bags on your feet and secure them with socks on. Keep them on until the morning. Once bags are removed, massage the residue onto to your feet and legs.
You can also apply olive oil to hands as well at bedtime and cover with cotton gloves or socks to soften callous, dry and cracked skin.