Olive oil is a fat obtained from the olive (the fruit of Olea europaea; family Oleaceae), a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin. The oil is produced by pressing whole olives and is commonly used in cooking, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and soaps, and as a fuel for traditional oil lamps.
Besides food, olive oil has been used for religious rituals, medicines, as a fuel in oil lamps, soap-making, and skin care application.
There are many different olive varieties or olives, each with a particular flavor, texture, and shelf life that make them more or less suitable for different applications such as direct human consumption on bread or in salads, indirect consumption in domestic cooking or catering, or industrial uses such as animal feed or engineering applications.
Olive oil is used throughout the world and is often associated with Mediterranean countries.
I love olive oil. Aside from the fact that it’s good for your cooking, it’s also one of the best home remedies for your skin and hair.
Olive oil is rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. It is easily absorbed by the skin, and it’s non-comedogenic so you wouldn’t have to worry about clogging your pores.
Here are some ways you can use it in your beauty regimen
Oilve oil for beauty
Apply olive oil on your skin after bathing. Pay special attention to the elbows, knees, hands, and feet, which are more prone to dryness.
Extra dry feet and hands? Apply olive oil right before bedtime, wear socks and gloves, and leave them overnight.
Warm olive oil in a pot for a minute and massage it onto your hair and scalp. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes with your hair covered in a shower cap. Shampoo your hair as usual. This treatment helps not just to moisturize your hair, but also to prevent split ends and dandruff.
On a daily basis, olive oil can be used as a leave-in conditioner. Depending on your hair length, put 1-3 drops on your palm, rub your hands together, the apply it on your hair.
Mix olive oil and brown sugar. Apply it on your face or on any part of your body you’d like to exfoliate. Remember to scrub gently, especially if you’re using it to exfoliate sensitive areas.
Use olive oil when you get a massage. I personally prefer this over coconut oil because of its scent and non-comedogenic properties.
Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to enhance your massage experience.
Make up remover
Apply a few drops of olive oil on a cotton ball and remove make up before washing your face with a cleanser.
Put a drop of olive oil on your finger and dab it on your lips to soothe dry, chapped lips.
Soak nails in a cup of warm olive oil for a few minutes to strengthen weak nails and soften cuticles.