Generally, olive oil is extracted by pressing or crushing olives. Olive oil comes in different varieties, depending on the amount of processing involved. Varieties include:
Extra virgin – considered the best, least processed, comprising the oil from the first pressing of the olives.
Virgin – from the second pressing.
Pure – undergoes some processing, such as filtering and refining.
Extra light – undergoes considerable processing and only retains a very mild olive flavour.
Olive oil has been around for millenia. It is widely used in food recipes, not only for its taste, but because it is good for the body. It is high in antioxidants and is heart-healthy. This precious oil is not only good in food, but is a very good beauty aid to have around. When it comes to homemade beauty recipes, olive oil is a versatile ingredient.
Herewith, some of the beauty tips by using Olive Oil 🙂
For Lips: a.) Mix about one tsp. sugar with 1 tsp. olive oil to create a paste and smooth over lips. Using fingers or a soft tooth brush gently slough off dry skin leaving lips super smooth and ready for your favorite lipstick.
b.) Make your own lip balm by combining olive oil with equal parts beeswax. Put it into a small glass jar and apply it with your fingertip.
For Nails: Strengthen brittle nails and rough cuticles by soaking them in a cup of olive oil. To help yellowing nails add lemon juice or scrub nail beds with baking soda before the olive oil soak.
For Hair: a.) Before you shampoo massage scalp with 2 Tbs. warmed olive oil. Brush through hair to coat ends. Shampoo hair twice to avoid greasy roots. Hair will be shiny and manageable. (I don’t recommend this for people with thin, fine or limp hair unless you shampoo hair once then add baking soda to second shampoo to remove the excess oil.) It moisturizes dry scalp.
b.) Olive Oil Hair Mask: Take 1 to 2 egg yolks and beat them well. Add 2 Tbs. olive oil and beat mixture until blended. Apply to hair for 20 to 30 minutes and shampoo as usual. It strengthens your hair and make it more flexible.
c.) For deep conditioning of damaged hair, warm a quarter cup of olive oil to a comfortable temperature, then work it through your hair to the roots. Wrap your hair in plastic wrap or a shower cap, then heat your hair with a hair dryer. Allow the oil to sit on your hair for up to a half hour, then shampoo as usual. If you do this in the shower, your whole body will emerge soft and silky.
For Shaving: Use olive oil in place of shaving cream. Smooth olive oil over legs, underarms even face and shave as usual. The oil creates a barrier for a close shave and hydrates the skin leaving it smoother and younger looking.
As Make-up Remover: Rub a cotton ball dipped in olive oil over eyes and lips to help remove stubborn eye makeup or long wear lipstick. Make sure your wash your face afterward with face wash to avoid breakouts.
As Exfoliator: Mix about 2 Tbs. salt with 2 Tbs. olive oil and use as an all-over exfoliator (can be used with sugar too). It works great on elbows, knees, hands and feet. Rinse off the salt but leave the oil and let it soak in for extra smooth and hydrated legs. (If using on face follow scrub with a mild face wash.) Also, rub olive oil on hands and feet before bed. Wear cotton sock and gloves and awake to softer post-pedicure/manicure looking skin.
As Foot Scrub: Make equal parts olive oil and honey, a third part sugar and a dash of lemon juice. Soak your feet in warm water, then massage the moisture into them. Follow up by moisturizing your feet and hands with a well-shaken water and olive oil emulsion.
As Face Mask: An ancient beauty mask recipe is made from an egg yolk, a spoonful of honey and a spoonful of olive oil. Rub it on and wait for 15 minutes, then rinse it all off with warm water.
To Minimize Cellulite: Mix used coffee grounds with olive oil for a topical cellulite treatment. Apply it directly to the skin.
For Stretch Marks: Combine equal parts cocoa butter and olive oil for a stretch-mark minimizer.