Olive oil for the skin

Olives on branchWe are big fans of olive oil and going by the amount we consume daily, we should be virtually free of bad cholesterol and enjoy a long cardiovascular disease-free life. And another reason our bottle of olive oil never lasts long is because we sneak it in some of our weekly skin pampering as well…

Olive oil and skin

Olive oil contains a high concentration of vitamins, natural antioxidants and essential fatty acids (that is, if you are using cold-pressed, extra virgin or virgin grade). For the skin this means protection, repair, nutrients and moisture. Or put another way: elasticity, glow, and some plump smoothness thrown in. And since olive oil is considered hypoallergenic, even the most sensitive skin types can use it.

Why would you use olive oil on your skin?

Because as far as natural skin care products go, good olive oil is hard to beat… Think about it: olive oil is just pure fatty fruit extract – without any artificial ingredients or preservatives. But that’s not the most clever bit: olive oil is in fact very rich in squalene.

What is squalene you say? It’s a component of our skin’s natural oil that protects and seals moisture in. And it so happens olive squalene is extremely bio-compatible with our own skin’s squalene, so olive oil absorbs fast and delivers its myriad of nutrients deep into the skin.

FYI – and this is quite disgusting – squalene is also found in sharks’ liver – so if a skin care product contains squalene, make sure it is the vegetable or olive-derived kind…

But back to olives and oil… Put some on your skin!

Olive Oil Bottle and OlivesOn a freshly cleansed face, pat a few drops of extra virgin olive oil before applying your usual moisturiser.

Swap your body lotion for virgin olive oil (you’ll go through it quickly, so extra virgin might get pricey after a while) – you can rub it into your skin after your shower and towel off the excess (warning: it will ruin towels after a while, but it feels heavenly on the skin…).

Massage a small amount of olive oil on your heels or elbows to relieve dryness.

Mix some olive oil with honey and an egg yolk for a moisturising face mask. Leave on for 10 mn, rinse with warm water and pat dry. If you feel the need to moisturise go for a few more drops of olive oil!

A weekly olive oil hair treatment will add condition and shine to your hair: heat some olive oil very gently, rub between your palms and run through your hair. Wrap a warm towel around your head and leave for 20 mn. Wash off with a mild shampoo.

Take a moisturising olive oil bath: add 1/4 cup of olive oil to a warm bath for a relaxing and regenerating soak. Be careful when you get out of the bath as it will be slippery!

For strong nails and soft cuticles, soak fingertips into a small bowl of warm olive oil and a tablespoon of lemon juice for 10 mn, and massage the remaining oil into your hands afterwards.

Olive oil also makes a good stretch mark treatment.

Rub some olive oil into dry or chapped lips for relief and repair.

Olive skin care

Talinga Grove Nourishing Face Food Jar 120gIf you haven’t tried yet, give Talinga Grove a go. All the products in the TG range are hand-made in small batches at the Grove with the Grove’s own Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Or try Botáni: their pure plant skin care is made with organic olive squalene.

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