Elixir of Beauty
Extra Virgin Olive Oil has many health properties and plays an important role in body beauty, both nutritionally and cosmetically.
Olive Oil’s properties as a beauty treatment were also well known to the most ancient populations in all the countries on the Mediterranean shores and the Arabian regions.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil has many heath properties. The Phoenicians baptized it “Liquid Gold”, the Egyptians used it to soften the skin and make their hair soft, in Ancient Greece athletes used Olive Oil to massage and rub into the skin.
The composition of the fatty acids in Olive Oil are very similar to the skin’s sebum, being the vegetal oil which is most similar to the skin’s lipid film so it is a natural Anti-Age treatment. It is rich in Vitamin E that contrasts free radicals which are the main cause of the aging process and rich in Vitamin A which contrasts dryness of the skin and lips.
Moreover, Olive Oil is rich in squalene which penetrates the skin’s deepest layers and renews these layers when they have been weakened by exposure to the sun’s rays and aggressive detergents. In conclusion, it contains linoleic and linolenic unsaturated fatty acids which prevent skin ailments such as acne.
The treatments that keep us young
Not only commercialised products can be used but also Extra Virgin Olive Oil - preferably Mediterranea Oleum del Cilento - even in home-made recipes for face, body and hair.
To be used once a week: blend bicarbonate of soda and Extra Virgin Olive Oil to form a creamy paste and gently rub the skin then rinse with a neutral soap. The skin will be left perfectly soft and there will be no need to use a face cream.
Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil with a handful of coarse salt (or fine salt for sensitive skin), rub into the skin and rinse; it is effective also on dry heels and elbows.
For a tonic skin and anti-cellulite treatment:
Blend 2 tablespoons of coarse salt, 2 teaspoons of coffee grounds and a few teaspoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and rub into the skin. Wait a few minutes and rinse.
Eye Makeup Remover:
Even the heaviest makeup won’t withstand the hydrating properties of Extra Virgin Olive Oil: lightly dab each eye gently with cottonwool or cotton pads and you’ll see eyeshadow, mascara and eyeliner come off easily.
You might think that using Extra Virgin Olive Oil to hydrate the skin could leave it oily and greasy. Nothing is further from the truth: if applied in small quantities, it will be absorbed deeply, hydrating the skin without blocking pores.
Today the market offers an infinite number of hair products, there are plenty to choose from but an alternative is a few tablespoons of warm Extra Virgin Olive Oil applied to damp hair, then delicately massaging the scalp and applying through the length to the ends. Leave in for 30 minutes and your hair will be soft and shiny.
Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to 4-5 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and you’ll have a personalized bath elixir with surprisingly hydrating results.
Face and hand exfoliation:
To be used once a week: blend bicarbonate of soda and Extra Virgin Olive Oil into a creamy paste and gently rub the face and hands, then wash with a delicate soap. The skin will be left perfectly soft and smooth and you can do without applying a cream.
Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil to hydrate nail cuticles or add a few tablespoons of Olive oil to a bowl with warm water and dip your hands into the mixture for a few minutes before your manicure.
Lemon juice and Olive oil are natural nail reinforcers. Prepare a mixture of two tablespoons of Olive Oil and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and emulsify well. Massage into the nails every evening.
Dip a cotton pad into warm water and squeeze out any excess, place a few drops of Extra Virgin Olive oil onto the pad and clean face and neck; all makeup will be delicately removed. If you don’t want to use a face tonic either, using another cotton pad soaked in olive oil, massage the face well and rinse off, washing the face with a delicate soap.
Used on the entire body after a bath, the drying effects of hard water will be counterbalanced and the skin will be left smooth, tonic and the epidermis will be revitalised; it can also be used to reduce scars and stretch marks.
Face Mask (Dry skin)
Mix together one part Extra Virgin Olive Oil to one part powdered clay for a purifying and relaxing face mask; for a nourishing face mask, mix together one part olive with one part of honey and one part of yoghurt.
Hair Mask (dry hair)
Mix together 2 egg yolks, 2 teaspoons of honey, 2 teaspoons of Olive Oil; apply to the length of the hair, delicately massaging the scalp, wrap the head in a towel and leave in for 30 minutes. Rinse well with a suitable shampoo. A quicker solution is to mix your normal hair conditioner with 1 cup of honey and 3 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, leave in for 15 minutes and then rinse well.
For shinier hair, warm some Olive Oil in a double-boiler then apply to the hair with a cotton pad, spreading evenly. Leave in for 30 minutes and rinse.
Frizzy and curly hair
Use a few drops of Olive Oil to tame frizzy and curly hair on winter or humid days.