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Olive Oil Skin Care and Beauty Benefits



By Tiffany Moore


When I talk about olive oil, most people associate it with cooking. Did you know that olive oil offers many beauty benefits that extend far beyond culinary? Olive oil skin care is an ancient beauty secret. The Egyptians (think Cleopatra), Greeks, Phoenicians, and Romans all took full advantage of this prized golden oil. Today, many beautiful women including Sophia Loren, attribute their beauty to olive oil.


How to Use Olive Oil for Skin

If you are looking for a inexpensive natural way to take care of your skin, then olive oil is beauty on the cheap. Here’s how to work a little olive oil into your skin care regimen.


1. Use olive oil as a bath oil. Instead of your regular bath oil, substitute it with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Add them to the water you are running for your bath. The benefits to your skin will be obvious even if it’s the first time you are using it. Your skin feels supremely soft and dewy instantly after that.


2. Use olive oil as a skin moisturizer. Apply it to the dry areas on any body part – face, hands elbows, knees, feet, heels – to help your skin regain its natural oil balance.


3. You can massage olive oil on your feet, cover them with cotton socks and wear to bed for super soft feet in the morning.


4. Rub a bit of olive oil on cuticles and nails for a naturally polished look.


5. Rub a drop of olive oil on your lips in dry weather, preferably before bed. It keeps your lips from cracking and chapping, especially in winter.


6. Olive oil can also be added to many of the natural facial home recipes. When combined with some sugar and salt, olive oil makes an excellent scrub and moisturizer. Your skin will feel silky and moisturized after that.


7. Use olive oil as a night cream. Add vinegar and water in equal proportions to olive oil to soften and moisturize your skin while you sleep. The vinegar lightens skin discolorations and helps to exfoliate the skin naturally.


8. Plucked your eyebrows way too much? Massage a small amount of olive oil into eyebrows at night for a few weeks to grow thicker eyebrows.


9. Olive oil also works wonders on dry hair. Apply olive oil to clean hair and wrap in a warmed towel. Allow to sit for 20 minutes before you rinse. You can also use it to tame hair frizz. Just comb a drop olive oil through your hair to control flyaways and frizz.


10. That’s not all, olive oil can be used as a makeup remover as well as to treat dandruff, minor skin wounds, eczema, and psoriasis.


Still can’t get enough of this amazing oil? Read on...


One of the most wonderful things about using olive oil for skincare is its unbeatable versatility. Combine it with any type of berries – strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, goji berry, cranberry – or even cooked beans to create marvelously hydrating, Vitamin C enriched face mask for dry skin. If oily skin troubles you, simply add a bit of oatmeal, or cornstarch, or rice flour to dry up oily patches while controlling shine on face.


How about something out of the usual? Make your own natural adzuki bean face scrub.  Take a small handful of red beans and grind them up in a coffee grinder or blender until fine. Stir in a small amount of olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice if you are looking to brighten tired skin or lighten hyperpigmented skin. Gently rub the paste over face for 15-20 seconds and rinse off with lukewarm water.


To use as a facial mask, make a thicker paste by adding more adzuki bean powder and use less olive oil. You may want to drizzle in some manuka honey to help fade acne scars. Spread onto clean face and wash off after 10 minutes. It leaves your skin feeling adequately hydrated with a comfortable non-greasy moisturizing layer, and not to mention, a really nice rosy glow too!


Heads up if you have sensitive skin. Use adzuki bean facial scrub no more than two times a week. Also, only purchase organic varieties at health food stores to avoid residue – pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides – that can cause skin irritation.


The beauty secrets of olive oil are revealed. Now go into your kitchen and grab that bottle of olive oil, and enjoy its beauty benefits right away!



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