Olive oil for skin
It’s the foodie favourite that has worked its way into our beauty cabinets.
But just why is olive oil such a hit among beauty fans worldwide?Taking a cue from ancient Mediterranean traditions, and beautiful Egyptian Queen Cleopatra who was a big fan, the ultra-healthy oil is cropping up in the ingredients of a whole host of skin saving products.High in anti-oxidant vitamin E, the moisturising properties of the oil have created something of a beauty hero.And while some people choose to apply it directly on their skin, most skin therapists agree it’s better off as one of several ingredients in skin creams. That way, it promotes a smooth, radiant complexion and helps maintain elasticity, while moisturising skin at the same time. High in bioflavinoids (metabolites believed to have anti-carcinogens and anti-inflammatory functions) olive oil is a very nourishing ingredient, but its most important quality is the slow absorption through skin which makes the skin creams rehydrate skin for many hours.There are plenty of ways incorporate olive oil into your beauty regime. Just a quarter of a cup in your bath makes skin gorgeously soft and smooth. The wonder stuff also works very well as a hair mask as it conditions and adds shine.It can heal dry, brittle nails and soften cuticles, too. Soak nails for five to ten minutes in a small dish of lukewarm olive oil with a tablespoon of lemon juice. Combine two tablespoons of oil with two tablespoons of sugar, rub on hands and rinse for a budget-friendly hand exfoliator. To receive the full benefit of olive oil, don't limit it to external use. Incorporate this healthy oil into your diet, for example on salads. You’ll enhance your health while improving the appearance of your skin.
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