Homer once described it as 'liquid gold'. Olive Oilis the natural oil extracted from olives, the fatty fruit of the olive tree.
Olive trees have been grown around the Mediterranean since the 8th millennium BC. Spain is the largest producer of Olive Oil, followed by Italy and Greece. However, per capita consumption is highest in Greece, followed by Spain, Italy, and Morocco.
Adding Olive Oil to your beauty routine can provide immense benefits to your skin, hair, and nails, and here are some of the Olive Oil skin benefits you may find surprising:
Eye Makeup Remover
Put one or two drops of extra virgin Olive Oil on a cotton face pad and use it to remove your eye makeup at the end of the day.
Gently remove your eye makeup without stretching and pulling the delicate skin around your eyes. As you use it, the Olive Oil works to soften the skin, especially when you use it as a makeup remover on a consistent basis.
Mix extra virgin Olive Oil and sea salt together to make a natural exfoliant for your face, especially if you're suffering from scaly, dry skin.
Massage this exfoliator into the areas of your face affected by dryness and scaliness. It works to get rid of the old, dry skin, revealing new, younger skin underneath.
The ancient Egyptians, Romans and Phoenicians all used Olive Oil as a beauty aid. One historical figure who relied on Olive Oil was Cleopatra, according to the Natural Skin Care Secrets website.
Olive Oil, when massaged gently into your face, helps to promote your skin's elasticity. You don't need to limit yourself to external use. Incorporate it into your diet, and your entire body will benefits from the nutritional effects.
When you buy Olive Oil, whether you want to use it on your skin or in your diet, make sure you purchase the extra virgin formulation. Extra virgin Olive Oil has the highest nutritional value because it has undergone the least amount of processing.
Extra virgin Olive Oil penetrates deep into the skin on your face, providing needed moisture as well as a shield to protect your skin, keeping it smooth, according to the Olive Oil Source website.
Olive oil's antioxidants--vitamins A and E--can help repair skin damage from sun exposure, cigarette smoke and pollutants.