We have all heard of the countless benefits of olive oil. It’s healthy and high in beneficial fats, and is delicious when used in salads and pastas. Greek, Spanish, and Italian kitchens made Extra Virgin Olive Oil fabulously popular, and we sure are glad because it’s really delicious, nutritious, and beneficial.Olive oil is also great when used in skin care! It’s rich in polyphenols, squalene, and vitamins A and E.
Olive oil is easily absorbed by the skin and works to regulate both dry and oily areas, so it’s suitable for all skin types. Because of its gentle nature it’s great for skin conditions associated with irritation and dryness, like eczema and psoriasis.
Olive oil can be applied directly onto the skin (we recommend extra virgin, the greener the oil is in color, the higher antioxidant content and quality), it can also be mixed into a cleanser, scrub, or moisturizer. Olive oil scrubs are great to use in the winter time, or anytime your skin feels especially parched. Simply mix equal parts sugar and olive oil and apply all over the body in circular motions, then rinse and towel dry and follow with a body moisturizer or once again, a bit of olive oil. An affordable facial scrub can be made by mixing equal parts olive oil and baking soda; it’s gentle yet very effective at removing dead skin cells.
Olive oil is also great for preventing stretchmarks, and is safe to use during pregnancy, and is also great for soothing baby ailments like diaper rash and cradle cap (but consult your doc to get the OK first)!
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