It is widely known that olive oil presents a number of benefits for your health including aesthetic benefits for your skin and hair as well as more profound health benefits for your heart and body. In this article, we will discover some of the main benefits that olive oil presents for your skin.
Olive oil for skin care
Hydration and the repair of damaged tissues are the two prime benefits of olive oil for your skin. It has been shown that both consuming extra virgin olive oil and applying it directly to the body have positive effects on our skin. The direct application of olive oil to the torso, legs, feet, hands, knees, elbows or face provides a healthy, bright and hydrated skin, thanks to the combination of Vitamins A and E, which moisturize and nourish the skin’s surface. Olive oil helps:
- Regenerate the skin.
- Keep the skin elastic and smooth.
- Strengthen nails on both your hands and feet.
- Provide vitamins that help fight signs of premature aging.
Olive oil for dry skin
Olive oil can be used as a natural moisturizer and is highly recommended to efficiently combat dry skin. This home remedy is often applied to skin that has been damaged from too much exposure to the sun or as a result of hair removal. Before applying the olive oil to your skin make sure to first clean the area very well. Apply a thin layer of oil on the skin and let it dry fully before dressing to avoid staining your clothes. It will greatly alleviate the itching sensation of your dry skin.
Olive oil as an exfoliator
Olive oil is not only a natural moisturizer, it is also an excellent exfoliant. The science is simple: mix two tablespoons of olive oil with a little sugar and use a towel or sponge to carefully massage the area to be treated. Voilà! Another home remedy guaranteed to improve your skin.
Olive oil for skin lightening
Rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and natural fatty acids, organic extra virgin olive oil such as VillaBlanca’s olive oil has very slight skin-lightening (or “skin-brightening”) effects. It does not help reduce melanin levels but its natural properties help protect the skin and reduce pigmentation and redness resulting from exposure to the sun.
Olive oil for shaving
Olive oil is non-comedogenic, which means it won’t block up your pores or cause acne when you apply it to your skin. This is a huge improvement from many shaving creams which do not efficiently prevent rashes from appearing post-shave. The natural moisturizing and lubricating properties of the oil help prevent skin discomfort, burning sensations, and the occasional cut. Make sure to wash your skin before applying the oil and keep one of your hands oil-free to be able to correctly grasp your shaving blade!
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