Most of us are aware that extra virgin olive oil has some great health benefits for your body, inside and out. You probably also know that olive oil can be used to revitalize, moisturize and rejuvenate your skin, but you may not know these five things that olive oil can do for your skin.
- Treat sunburn
Nobody enjoys the pain and irritation that comes with getting too much sun, a simple solution to easing this pain can be found in your pantry. Apply olive oil directly to your sunburnt skin. The moisturizing properties will sooth the irritation, enhance the healing process and inhibit the effects of bacteria on the newly developed skin.
- Treat a dry, itchy scalp or dandruff
Olive oil is not only rich in antioxidants but also contains nutrients like vitamin A and E, as well as key fatty acids. When applied to your scalp, you will naturally moisturize your skin and promote antibacterial effects. In turn, you can improve hair and hair health, while reducing dandruff and damage caused by styling products.
- Acts as an anti-aging remedy
No need to spend huge amounts on commercial creams that promise to make those dreaded wrinkles disappear, olive oil has been shown to promote key anti-aging properties. Researchers have found that olive oil also reduces signs of aging at the cellular level. Mice who were given olive oil, in comparison to sunflower, exhibited improvements in terms of the structure and function of cells.
- Treat cellulite
Cellulite is another skin condition that people spend loads of money on trying to eliminate. Olive oil can assist your efforts, the nutrients in EVOO have been shown to tighten and firm up cottage cheese like cellulite patches. As with wrinkles, olive oil can “attack” cellulite at a cellular level. Massaging olive oil into affected areas daily should show an improvement in the firmness of your skin.
- Alleviate Eczema
Most moisturizers contain chemicals that can actually irritate and worsen the symptoms of eczema. While this particular condition is hard to eliminate, rubbing olive oil on affected areas or adding a few drops to your bath water will alleviate the itchiness as well as moisturize the skin. I find that a tablespoon of good quality extra virgin olive oil daily improves the dryness of my skin and leaves a healthy glow.