Olive oil and skin:
Thanks to vitamin E and provitamin A, as well as its polyunsatu- rated fats, olive oil protects the human skin from sun rays and burns. It also protects from and suspends the development of ec- zema, especially in children, and alleviates from insect bites.
Did you know that olive oil can be used as a cosmetic? You will be surprised by the wonders olive oil works and how much easier it makes our everydayness when used regularly for skin care. Since the time of Hippocrates, olive oil was renowned for its many therapeutic properties, especially in skin illnesses. In antiqui- ty, when people did not use soap for their personal hygiene, they used to apply olive oil to their hair and body to clean, perfume and moisturize it. They also used it on certain pieces of cloth- ing to add sheen.
Hair: apply a little olive oil on damp hair and wrap it in a warm towel. Leave the oil on for 20 minutes and it will be like you have treated it with a mask. It becomes softer and regains its past glow.
Face: If your skin feels , reinvigorate it with soft massage and some drops of olive oil. Insist more on points which feel harsher or have spots.
Demake-up: Some olive oil on a cotton pad can remove even the most intense eye make-up (i.e. smokey eyes).
Nails: You don’t need to run to your beautician every time you get hand nails! Take some time to dip your weary nails in a bowl with warm olive oil and some lemon juice. They will soften up right away and it will be easier to remove the cuticles and give them back their healthy image.
Hands: Spread some olive oil on your hands, put on a pair of thin cotton gloves before going to bed and wear them overnight. This is highly recommended for the winter months.
Body: Add some spoonfuls of olive oil in the water during your bath to soften and moisturize your skin. If you want, you can also add essential oils, such as lavender and jasmine, for extra aroma!
Soles: Many times, pumice stone does not soften up the hard soles and feet as much as we would like it to. You can rub some olive oil on the rougher spots before you go to bed to give it time to “heal” the foot.