No beauty cream can compare to olive oil as it’s perfect for both the skin of the whole body and sensitive facial skin!
Olive oil is a unique product with a large amount of squalene (a moisturizing compound). For cosmetic procedures, use extra virgin oil as all nutrients are preserved.
Benefits of using olive oil for the skin:
– It prevents withering of the skin: vitamin E in olive oil neutralizes the effect of free radicals (free radicals which can make the skin age faster and speed up the development of wrinkles).
– It improves the state of the skin and protects it: Olive oil is a source of vitamins А and D that are involved in the regeneration of the epidermis and that reduce the number of keratinized skin cells; it also contains carotene which protects skin from negative effects of UV-radiation.
Basic Steps of Olive Oil Skincare
Cleansing the Skin
One of the traditional methods of cleansing skin with this oil involves applying some olive oil on a wet (soaked in hot water and wrung out) cotton pad and wiping the skin over the massage face lines. This method is good for both makeup removal and routine cleansing.
Olive Oil Skin Scrub
Mix 2 tbsp. of olive oil with the same amount of wheat bran. Massage your skin with this mass for a couple of minutes in a gentle way.
Olive Oil-Based Masks
Lightening Mask: Mix fresh carrot juice, milk, olive oil and low-fat quark in equal proportions. Grind the mixture up with your palms and spread a thick layer over your face. Firsts use warm water to wash it off and then rub an ice cube over your face after. This mask not only lightens the skin but also nurtures and moisturizes it.
Refreshing Mask: Mix 1 tablespoon each of honey, olive oil, and mint. Apply on the clean skin avoiding the eye area. Let it remain on your face for 10 minutes. Wash off with cool water.
For Oily Skin: Just add a couple of tablespoons of this oil to 50 grams of finely chopped cabbage leaf and stir. Apply the mass for 15 minutes; remove it with cool water.
Soothing Mask for Delicate Skin: Combine 1 part of finely chopped cucumber with 1 equal amount of banana; add 1 tablespoon each of aloe juice and olive oil. Apply for 30 minutes. Wash off the mask with cool water.
Moisturizing and Softening Mask for Mature Skin: Combine cosmetic clay with several spoons of olive oil in order to get a sticky mass. Apply it to your face and leave for 15 minutes. Wash off with cool water. This mask mustn’t be used more than two times a week.
3 in 1: Relaxing, Nourishing and Moisturizing Mask: Take a finely grated fresh cucumber and mix it with a ripe banana; add olive oil to achieve an applicable consistency. Spread the mass over the facial and neck skin and leave it on for a half an hour. This mask is perfect for soothing sensitive skin; it also helps moisturize and nourish it.
Neck Rejuvenating: It is recommended to use this spring mask three times a week for the period of one month. Heat some olive oil on an element. Apply it over the clean skin with a cotton pad from the lower to the upper neck. Then wrap it with a cotton cloth. After 30 minutes, use tissue paper to remove excess oil. It is best to apply this remedy in the evenings before going to bed.
Anti-Aging Mask: Take 1 part of fresh lemon juice and combine it with 1 part of olive oil. Clean the skin using this mix twice a week.
Toning: To tone the skin mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with the same amount of oil. Clean and dry your skin, then massage it with this mix.
Olive Oil for the Skin of your Hands: Homemade Recipes
Hand care is very important, as hands often give away woman’s age. However, many ladies do not pay enough attention to this part of their body, and that’s why their skin ages rather early, becomes it becomes rough and starts to look less attractive. To keep the skin of your hands flawless as long as possible it is important to regularly moisturize and nourish it, using various baths and masks.
Olive oil is a real remedy for the skin of the hands; it moisturizes, softens and keeps them young. Baths and massages with olive oil once or twice a week are very helpful.
Put your hands in slightly heated oil, and after 10 minutes wash them with water. Repeat the procedure once a week. Use this bath every other day for dry or outdoor hands.
Combine 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar with 2 tbsp. of oil and stir well. Rub the mixture over your hands, gently massaging, and let it remain for 10 minutes. To achieve a better result, put fabric gloves on your hands. Afterward, remove excess oil with a tissue paper.
Pour 5 tbsp. of olive oil into a small container and add 2 tbsp. of lemon juice. Put your hands into the mixture for 15 minutes. This bath will help to quickly revitalize and improve the state of your skin.
Mix 2 tbsp. of olive oil with 1 tbsp. of oatmeal. Heat the mass up slightly, apply it on your hands and cover them with a plastic wrap for 10 minutes. Remove the mass with a tissue paper.
If you start using nourishing masks, you can enjoy the result after as little as 3-4 procedures. It is also good for your hands to use pure olive oil, rubbing it over your skin in massage motions for 3-5 minutes.
At Home Daily Skincare Routine with Olive Oil
1. Mix olive oil with a few drops of suitable essential oils of your choice and apply it on your neck and face over massage lines. Give the oil time to work its’ benefits. Sit down, give yourself a face massage.
2. Wet the towel with hot water, wring it, then throw your head back and cover your face with the towel. This simple procedure helps heat up and opens the pores on your face, making it possible to clean the skin deeper and more effectively.
3. As soon as your “hot compress” starts to cool down, carefully wipe your face and neck with it. Keratinized skin cells of the fatty secretion will come off and stay on the towel.
4. Rinse the towel using hot water and remove excess oil. Repeat several times until your skin is perfectly clean. No further cleansing is required after that, as this procedure will certainly make your skin shine.
5. Rub an ice cube over your face or splash it with cold water to narrow the pores. If your skin feels too tight, apply a drop of the oily mixture on your fingers and gently pat it into your skin until completely absorbed.
Other Cosmetic Uses for Olive Oil
The skin of future mothers and babies: Rub pure olive oil over your breasts, stomach and other areas of risk in order to prevent the development of stretch marks. You can use the oil to moisturize your baby’s skin and as an alternative to baby powder.
Chapped lips: If you have weather-beaten or chapped lips, apply several drops of oil on them.
Strengthening nails: Use heated olive oil baths for 5 minutes to make your nails healthier and the skin of the hands softer.
Hands and feet: Mix olive oil with coarse salt, rub the mass into the skin and wash if off. Keep your hands in heated olive oil once a week at least for 30 minutes. This will help you get rid of dryness. It is easy to give yourself a manicure after such baths. We recommend you to repeat this procedure regularly to achieve a perfect long-lasting effect.
Olive Oil Scrubs & Masks for Body
This oil can be used for homemade skin scrubs. You just need to add a spoon of olive oil to abrasive ingredients you’ve chosen (coffee grounds, salt, sugar, oatmeal, ground fruit seeds etc.). To make it more effective you may like to add a drop of essential oil.
Masks for the body, there are a lot of recipes with this “liquid gold”:
A mask for dry skin on the body: mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil with a banana’s flesh. It is perfect for dry skin and there is even no need to add anything else to the mixture. Leave it on for as long as possible.
For oily skin on your body; you will need to use a small amount of oil and wash it off right after the procedure. You can make a mask combining the following ingredients: olive oil, honey, and lemon juice. Combine them in equal proportions, apply and wash off with some warm water after 20 minutes.
For problematic body skin: whip an egg white, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and some lemon juice.
It is also possible to use this oil as a toner or a body lotion. Wash your body properly beforehand and remove excess oil with a paper towel afterward.
Olive Oil Against Cellulite
Olive Oil Massages
Take 1 cup of the oil, mix it with two cups of sea salt and ¼ cup of water and stir well. Then, after steaming your body, gently massage problem areas with the mixture for 10 minutes. Leave it on your skin for 10 more minutes and take a contrast shower to wash it off. This procedure will make cellulite flee in fear and hopefully flick out of sight for good. Remember to massage your skin in a gentle manner. Repeat the procedure 2-3 times a week.
Body Wraps with Olive Oil
Put 3 drops each of jasmine, lemon (or orange) and lavender oils in 1 cup of olive oil. Heat the mixture up slightly and apply on your stomach, hips, and buttocks. Wrap yourself in plastic wrap and start cleaning your house. Don’t neglect to dust under the beds and tables: the more you move, the better result you’ll have. In 2 hours take a shower and rest in a perfectly clean room. Repeat this procedure twice a week for 2 months.
Olive Oil Bath
Add a mixture of olive oil (100 ml) and a few droplets of lemon oil in a bath. You may also add a cup of sea salt. Take such baths every second day for a month. Don’t stay in for longer than 20 minutes.
These procedures are also good for those lucky women who do not develop cellulite.
Even such gift of nature and all its’ benefits and vitamins as olive oil has its own flaws and contraindications.
• You shouldn’t overuse olive oil if you suffer from cholecystitis. It may be harmful when it comes to even the slightest inflammation of the gallbladder because olive oil has a strong choleretic effect.
• It is recommended for overweight people to eat no more than 1 tbsp. of this oil a day, as it is rather high in calories.
• When choosing an olive oil, pay attention to its acidity level – it shouldn’t be over 0,8%.
Start using olive oil for self-care and the results will exceed your expectations. Let olive oil take care of your body.