6 Reasons Why Olive Oil is Good For Your Skin

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Olive oil has always been touted as a healthy culinary addition, but did you know that it can also work wonders for your skin and hair?

Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians were well aware of olive oil's beauty-enhancing properties and used it extensively in their skin and hair care regimens. Now that scientific research has established that olive oil poses multiple beauty benefits, many companies have started using it as a key ingredient in their natural and organic range of cosmetics. Here are some properties that make olive oil absolute elixir for the skin.

Olive Oil As A Moisturizer

Olive oil is a time-tested remedy for dry skin. Direct application of olive oil forms a protective sheath over the skin and locks in moisture without disturbing the skin's natural balance. If used regularly, it also imparts a healthy glow to the skin and fights off signs of ageing like wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation. Olive oil's super-hydrating properties not only make it the perfect natural moisturizer, it is also great for oily skin since it balances out sebum production. Unlike commercially available skin care products, it does not clog the pores and is suitable for all skin types.

Olive Oil As A Hair Conditioner

Olive Oil is the perfect tonic for dry, damaged, color-treated or frizzy hair. While a deep massage is usually recommended, a drop or two may be smoothened over hair shafts in place of a hair serum to take care of flyaway's and lend a glossy shine to the hair. Suffering from dandruff and scalp irritation? A weekly massage with warm olive oil can fix that too!

Olive Oil as An Antioxidant

Olive Oil is a rich source of Vitamin A, Vitamin E and four other antioxidants, which protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. In fact, some studies suggest that Olive Oil may have a role to play in the prevention of skin cancer.

Olive Oil As An Anti-Inflammatory

Olive oil possesses skin-soothing properties and makes for a great home remedy for irritable skin conditions like eczema, insect bites, sunburn and severe dryness. It can be used to fight acne and can even be used as a substitute for aftershaves and diaper rash creams.

Olive Oil As A Natural Scrub

One may not think of using oil as an exfoliating agent but olive oil does the job better than any store-bought scrub. When mixed with sea salt or sugar granules, olive oil effectively sloughs away dead skin cells and nourishes the new skin beneath, leaving you feeling silky smooth. Due to its natural cleansing properties, it may also be used as a gentle makeup remover. You will be surprised to find that it can effortlessly remove even the most stubborn mascara!

Olive Oil As A Hypoallergenic

Since Olive Oil is 100% natural, it does not contain any synthetic ingredients or harmful chemicals. As a result, it is much more gentle and safe for your skin. There have been virtually no reports of allergy or hypersensitivity with pure olive oil, and it is good enough for babies too.

Sarah Broder works for Botani Australia Pty Ltd which is a successful organic skin care provider in the country. She likes to write about a variety of things that interest her during her time off from work.

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