Can ingredients found in your pantry improve your skin as your age?
Olive oil has been used for centuries as a skin-care product. In fact, it was coined "liquid gold" by Homer and was used by the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and the Phoenicians. Some of the important skin-renewing components found in olive oil are:
Squalene: a natural compound that is believed to reduce free radical damage and improve the skin's complexion.
Vitamin E: said to enhance the elasticity of the skin.
Oleic Acid: a monounsaturated fatty acid that works to moisturize and soften skin.
Check out these ways that olive oil can be used to enhance the skin:
- Chefs often use a mixture of olive oil and kosher salt as a hand scrub, but it can be used on all body parts for exfoliation.
- Mix small amounts of olive oil and sugar to make a great facial scrub that leave cheeks feeling smooth and soft.
- Olive oil makes a great eye-makeup remover, and it helps prevent chapping of the lips.
- Use olive oil to soothe patches of dry skin, or make a facial mask of olive oil, egg and a little flour to soothe sunburns.
- Add olive oil to bath water to moisturize and soften all body parts, but use caution as it makes the tub slippery.
- Just after a bath or shower, apply olive oil while skin is still damp to make a good moisturizer.
- Olive oil also makes a great product to soften cuticles and strengthen nails.
- Give hands and feet an intense moisture boost by coating them in olive oil just before bedtime and covering them with thin socks and/or gloves during sleep.
- Olive oil can be used on the scalp to help control dandruff, and it makes a good, deep conditioner - mix equal parts of water and olive oil and shake well. Massage into hair and scalp and leave on for about five minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
- Lastly, Olive oil has also been touted to help prevent stretch marks because of its ability to improve the elasticity of the skin.
In a salad or in the bath - regardless of how you choose to use it, olive oil is an inexpensive yet beneficial product. With its many nutritious and skin-refreshing components, olive oil would be an asset to any pantry or bathroom cabinet!
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