It may seem fairly recent, say in the last decade or so, that there has been a surge of popularity as far as olive oil is concerned. But, there’s tons of research and evidence to indicate that the ancient civilizations knew about the goodness of this elixir all along. Infused in baths, used for head massages, and even thrown into the pan for some healthy cooking, if you haven’t caught up with olive oil yet, here’s why you absolutely should:
While Fergie and Miranda Kerr use it to tame their tresses, Sophia Loren relied on olive oil to hydrate and moisturize her skin. In fact, Selena Gomez drinks it to clear her throat, and Jamie Oliver to cook up a storm. So while we’ve already told you the nutritional and health benefits of using the oil, let’s move on to why it’s creating such a buzz in the beauty industry.
This solution is a great save for dry hair and skin, courtesy the high concentration of fatty acids. Olive oil is also packed with antioxidants and is rich in compounds like polyphenols, squalene which help fight signs of skin aging. Interestingly, even though it is dense, it doesn’t block the pores and actually enhances the process of exfoliation. In its most basic form, olive oil can be used to moisturize your hands and cracked heels, reduce the appearance of stretch marks, or even as a cuticle oil to temper those hangnails.
Hair Oil: When your hair is dry and frizzy, warm up equal proportions of olive oil and water. Apply it on your scalp and let it rest for 10 minutes. Wash it off with your shampoo and conditioner, and you will have smooth, frizz-free hair with hydrated strands in no time. Olive oil nourishes damaged hair and treats split ends.
Body & Face Oil: It works brilliantly as a moisturizer for dry skin, but you can whip it into a nourishing mask to firm up your face, fill in the fine lines, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Take 1tbsp olive oil, 1tbsp honey and one egg yolk. Blend the ingredients to make a paste, apply and leave it on for 20 minutes, and then wash with tepid water.