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How to use olive oil for better skin and hair?

uses of olive oil in skincare
Over the past decade, a lot of people have woken up to the benefits of including olive oil in their diet for a healthier lifestyle. I, myself, use olive oil in salads and cold pasta. How healthy it is as against ‘ghee’ for cooking food has been up for debate and is a different story. But, there are a lot of ways that one can benefit from olive oil outside of the kitchen too. If you are looking for ways to make your skin healthier or your hair shinier, olive oil can come to the rescue there too. There are many ways in which you can use olive oil for better and healthier skin and hair.
 
Before moving into the goodness of olive oil, let us first understand the difference between virgin and extra virgin olive oil. The virgin oil is used for cooking since it has a low acid content. The extra-virgin oil, which is made by cold pressing olive fruit, is considered to be the best for our body. In terms of price, extra virgin oil is slightly more expensive than virgin oil but it has many more benefits too.
  
It is amazing to note that you can use olive oil in so many different ways to improve our skin and hair. It is full of antioxidants, Vitamin E and hydrating squalane which makes it a great product.

Here are some ways in which you can use olive oil to get healthier looking skin and hair –

uses of olive oil in skincare

Olive oil is a versatile skin and hair care product

For the face –

Olive oil contains Vitamin E, antioxidants, and hydrating squalane. Thus, it is hydrating, provides protection from the sun and also prevents inflammations and scarring. The polyphenols and oleic acid found in olive oil give it anti-aging properties too.

As a Moisturizer – Leave your skin damp after you shower and massage a few drops of olive oil onto your face. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. Proceed as usual with sunscreen and your daily routine. If you want, you can apply it at night instead of mornings. You can leave it on for the whole night and let it work its magic.

Acne Treatment – Mix two parts olive oil and one part lemon juice. Apply this mixture onto clean your face with a cotton ball or your fingertips. Leave it on your face for 30 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. Do this 3 – 4 times a week and you can see the difference yourself.

Under eye cream – Wash your face and apply olive oil under the eyes. Gently massage, moving from the corner of the eye towards the nose. Leave it overnight. You will be able to see a clear improvement in your dark circles, fine lines, and under-eye dryness too in a few days time.

Makeup Remover – Massage the oil onto your face, eyes, and lips and then wipe it away with a wet towel or napkin. All your makeup will easily come off too. You can also dab the oil onto a cotton ball to remove the makeup from your eyes and lips.

As an exfoliator – Mix two parts olive oil and one part white or brown sugar. Wash your face with water and then rub this mixture all over your face and neck in soft circular motions for about 30 seconds. Wash off with water.

Use olive oil for better skin and hair

Olive oil is great for skin and hair.

For the hair –

The benefits of Olive oil are not limited to the skin. It is also a great source of nourishment for the hair. With all the vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients that it contains, olive oil helps moisturize the hair and keep them healthy and shining.

Pre-Shampoo Treatment – Take half a cup of warm olive oil and massage it into your scalp. Also, rub it along the length of your hair. Leave it on for 30 minutes so that your hair absorb maximum oil and then wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

Tame the flyaways – Take one or two drops of oil onto your finger and run it through the hair you want to tame. It won’t make the hair oily because of its light texture.

For the body –

Light texture, natural lubrication, and protection from the sun are some properties that make olive oil ideal for using on the body as well.

Shaving – Massage oil onto the skin and shave as usual with your razor. You will get a clean shave and your skin will feel soft and smooth. it helps avoids cuts too.

Cuticle Oil – Just massage a few drops of the oil onto the nails before going to bed daily.

Repair Cracked Heels – Apply some oil onto your feet and massage for 10 minutes at night before going to bed. You can do so daily or alternate days. You can apply olive oil in the morning, one hour before bath. Just make sure to cover your feet with socks since moving around in the morning will attract dust to your feet.

Olive Oil Bath – Add about 3-5 tablespoons of olive oil to your bath water and let your body soak in the water for 5 minutes. Bath as usual and pat dry. You can even massage the oil onto your body before bath and wash the excess off.

Isn’t it amazing how a single product can have such multiple uses and great benefits? No wonder olive oil was called ‘Liquid Gold’ in the ancient times. It is believed that Cleopatra used to take olive oil baths for younger looking skin! Using olive oil in your daily beauty routine is not only beneficial but also cost-effective. Don’t you think?

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Why make Olive oil a part of your skincare routine

Is there any other way that you use olive oil for your skin or hair care? Let us know in comments! If you have any suggestions for us, do write to us.

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12 Comments

  • Reply Sarah Camille November 18, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Amazing to see how multipurpose something completely natural can be! I will have to tell my mom about using it for cracked heels. That’s a perfect life hack! 🙂

  • Reply Latasha November 18, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Wow, amazing tips! Olive oil is seriously amazing for all things! 🙂

  • Reply Chris November 18, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I love olive oil in food, but never thought of its benefits and other uses! great post!

  • Reply vidya tiru November 18, 2017 at 12:40 am

    have used it for the skin definitely… though we use coconut oil more

  • Reply Polly November 17, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    I’ve heard about using olive oil as a hair mask but have never given it a try. I should definitely try using it on my cuticles since they tend to be dry during this time of year!

  • Reply Renee November 17, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Wow! So many uses! I had no idea!

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