The Benefits of Using Extra Virgin Olive Oil on Your Face
Olive Oil for Beauty
Olive oil has been used for more than 5000 years in everything from cooking, religious rituals, magic and beauty. The olive has its roots in the Mediterranean and in Israel, however there is evidence to suggest that the cultivation of olive trees began to spring up in different areas at approximately 6,000 to 5,000 B.C. In each case, the olive was utilized both inside and outside the body. Archaeological records indicate that ancient civilizations such as the Minoans on Crete and the Early dynastic Egyptians would use olive oil for beauty. Olive oil was also used by the wealthy as a body cleanser, a base for soaps and perfumes and cosmetics. Today we are able to access extra virgin olive oil for use on our skin as a moisturizing and beauty aid. The benefits of this “golden” liquid have not diminished in the wake of highly chemically-laden modern cosmetics. If anything, with more attention being paid to natural remedies and holistic medicine, olive oil for beauty is making a comeback.
Why is Olive Oil So Good For Your Skin?
Olive oil is full of vitamin A as well as antioxidants. When consumed, antioxidants help the body fight disease, but when used on the face the antioxidants help clean out bacteria from the pours and fight the free radicals that cause our skin to looked aged. Olive oil will also help your skin maintain the correct pH level, which creates a healthy glow.
EXTRA-VIRGIN olive oil is the oil taken from the first pressing of the olives. The first pressing is the oil with the most nutrients, therefore the best of the best. Always use extra virgin olive oil when using it on your face. Try cleaning out a lotion bottle with a pump top and keep the olive oil right near your sink in the bathroom. If you make any of the recipes on this page, make them fresh each time, don't make a large batch and keep it for any length of time.
Highlighted below are some favorite recipes that combine olive oil with other natural ingredients. The oil combined with these ingredients provides a boost of age-fighting super-hero skin treatments that won't break the bank.
Olive Oil Facial Mask
Both of these masks will draw the impurities out of the skin and leave behind a soft, smooth and moisturized finish.
Mash 1/2 of a small, ripe avocado in a bowl. Pour 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil into bowl and mix until you get a smooth consistency. Apply to face and leave on for 15 mins. Rinse off with plain water.
CLAY OR OATMEAL MASK
Mix 2 tablespoons of fine clay (green clay or similar) or ground oatmeal with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. If you need to add water, do so sparingly until you have a smooth consistency. Apply to face and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with plain water.
Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add just a little bit of water and gently rub over face in a circular motion. Rinse with water.
All Natural Acne Facial
For this recipe, you will need olive oil and tumeric powder. Tumeric is both an anti-oxidant and an anti-inflammatory agent. It is used for acne, blackheads, dark spots, eczema, inhibiting hair growth on the body and wrinkles. It's best to stay away from the tumeric normally used in cooking. That kind of tumeric can stain your skin (sometimes permanently. Kasturi turmeric (curcuma aromatica) - Manjal is the best tumeric powder to use and is imported from India. You may be able to find it in a specialty store near you or you can buy it online.
Mix 1/2 teaspoon of Kasturi tumeric in enough olive oil to form a paste. Spread over your skin and leave on for 10 minuets. If you are using to treat acne, dab a little on the breakouts and leave on for 10 minuets. Rinse with warm water. There is also another great all natural acne treatment using coconut oil.
Just the Oil
You can also just use the olive oil right out of the bottle. Simply rub a small amount into your face for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water. It's great for dry lips and winter skin. Contrary to what some people think, olive oil will not cause breakouts.
Utilizing olive oil for beauty is really very simple. Beauty does not have to be complicated, expensive or confusing..and it's as close as your grocery store!
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