Everybody knows that Olive Oil is the better oil. Aside from the fact that it is an Italian culinary staple, it is plant derived and therefore rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants. Both factors have been found to lower bad cholesterol while raising the good ones and fighting off aging by keeping free radicals at bay.
In this case what is good for your insides is just as good for you outside. Hence without further ado, below are 10 reasons why you should opt for Olive Oil as an essential part of your beauty regimen.
1. Reduces acne – Although it seems illogical to use oil to fight pimples and blackheads, an Olive oil and salt scrub is highly recommended for mild acne. Both are natural sources of antioxidants that protect your skin from free radicals while nourishing the skin.
2. Treats sunburn – Olive oil relieves mild sunburn by acting as a moisturizer, keeping skin from drying out and flaking. Use equal parts Olive oil and water in a container. Shake well, and apply to mild sunburn. Shake the mixture often while applying to keep the 2 elements from separating.
3. Keeps lips soft and supple – What’s good for your skin might as well be good for your lips too! Combine Olive oil with equal parts beeswax to make homemade lip balm. Put in a small glass jar and apply with fingertips.
4. Conditions hair –Olive oil strengthens and moisturizes hair, making it softer and more manageable. Use regularly as you would a hot oil conditioner.
5. Prevents dry scalp and dandruff – Massage Olive oil onto scalp will condition and moisturize it as well as prevent dandruff.
6. Cleans sensitive skin – Massage Olive oil into your skin, then scraped it back off, along with dirt and dead skin just like the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans Today, Olive oil is used as base for many soaps and creams, yet using it plain and pure is still the best for sensitive skin.
7. Exfoliates skin – Mix a palmful of Olive oil with a teaspoon of sugar and massage onto skin. The sugar will remove dead skin while Olive oil moisturizes the newly exfoliated skin.
8. Prevents skin from aging prematurely – When ingested, Olive oil’s antioxidant properties keep your red blood cells from oxidizing. When applied topically, the antioxidant hydroxytyrosol and vitamin E helps prevent your skin’s cells from degeneration.
9. Smooths and moisturizes rough dry feet – Make a DIY foot scrub from equal parts Olive oil and honey, a third part sugar and a dash of lemon juice. Soak feet in warm water and massage your scrub concoction onto feet.
10. Removes makeup – Simply apply Olive oil onto cotton ball and gently wipe makeup off face. Unlike most commercial make up removing products, Olive oil is safe to use over your eyes.
So there you have it! From being a kitchen staple, Olive oil is another essential for your dresser table. Beauty truly is not at all skin deep!
Samantha Samonte is a writer for Culinary One, a website about culinary careers, cuisines and food. Helping aspiring chefs to find the best cooking schools, She spends the rest of her time living life to the fullest in the company of her laptop and creative writing prowess.