This second post in the olive oil series is about olive oil benefits for skin, hair and your body. The high concentrations of antioxidants and vitamins A and E renders olive oil anti-aging properties and because of that, olive oil is used in many cosmetics and beauty products.
Usually, creams and potions containing these antioxidants sell dearly on the health and beauty market. Regaining your youth comes at a price. But daily use of (good) olive oil can work the same wonders as these expensive products.
Olive Oil Benefits For Skin And How You Can Use It
Daily use of olive oil can make your skin look radiant, youthful and detoxify it. You won’t need much oil.
Cleanse Your Skin With Olive Oil
This a wellness trick the ancient Romans used. Take a hot bath, sauna or steam bath and make sure the pores of your skin open. Now rub your skin in with salt. This draws out bacteria and filth from your skin. It also scrubs off the dead flakes. Now bathe, steam or enter your sauna again.
After, rinse your body with water and apply olive oil to your skin.
The olive oil has an antiseptic effect and draws out the deeper seated bacteria and filth. Let the oil work for 15 – 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
Rejuvenate Your Skin With Olive Oil
When you rub your skin with a small amount of olive oil (do not marinate yourself with it) on a daily basis it will :
- promote a radiant complexion
- help support the elasticity of your skin
- soften dry and cracked lips
Instead of using expensive lotions, just try some plain olive oil. It works just as well if not better.
TIP: rub it on to your skin when it’s still damp, this way the oil rub s in easier and faster.
If you’re scared of smelling like olives, here’s a tip or two:
Mix your oil with lavender oil or some other nice smelling essential oil. I even heard of people who mix in cinnamon for nice smell.
Or just treat your skin a couple of hours before you go out. Now the oil has enough time to pull into your skin. Nobody will smell a thing
Reduce Cellulite With Olive Oil
Okay, no miracle claims here. But olive oil is proven to have detoxifying properties and can really balance your skin.
Cellulite is a result of water and toxins in the fat cells of your skin. Cellulite has a lot to do with diet and metabolism. There is no solid proof or wonder cure yet, but replacing other fats with olive oil in your diet and applying olive oil to your skin on a regular basis will definitely help reduce cellulite.
What many men and women forget is that the skin is not a bag that keeps your internal organs together. It is an organ in itself, and should be cared for and treated with respect.
So give your skin a treat and rub it with some olive oil in stead of perfumed lotions and fatty creams. It revitalizes your skin with 100% natural vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats. You won’t regret it.
Olive Oil Benefits For Your Hair
Improve Your Hair Growth
One way to improve hair growth is to massage some lukewarm olive oil on to your scalp and let it work for 10 minutes. Wash it out with some mild shampoo and your should see results if applied regularly. What this treatment does, it increases the flow of vitamins to you hair follicles, thus increasing hair growth.
Note: This will not give you oily hair. You rub your scalp and not your hair.
Repair Damaged Hair
Because of its nourishing properties, olive oil can work wonders on split ends and dry, damaged hair. As a conditioner, it will give your hair elasticity, strength and shine.
This hair repair recipe is from care2.com (recommended reading).
I haven’t tried it myself, as my hair is rather short…
Olive Oil Benefits For Your Body
Improve your dental hygiene.
Olive oil works wonder against bleeding gums. It’s well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Reduce inflamed or bleeding gums by washing and gurgling your mouth with a shot of Olive oil for 3-4 minutes every day. This may not be very pleasant, but it’s a highly effective way to battle bacteria that cause caries and bleeding gums. Do not swallow the oil. Spit it out and rinse with warm water. Brush your teeth after.
Make olive oil an essential part of you diet and lose weight without starving.
- Olive oil increases your metabolism and helps you burn fat faster. This is mainly due to its fatty acids and monounsaturated fats.
- Oleic Acid Conversion: the oleic acid (fatty acids) in olive oil converts to OEA (oleoylethanolamide ) during digestion. OEA is a hunger fighting hormone that tells the brain that you are full.
- Replace saturated fats (animal fat, butter and the list goes on) with healthy unsaturated fat that you can find in olive oil.
Once again, if you want to lose weight, do not depend on olive oil alone. Exercise and a healthy diet are the long but best way to go here.
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