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For velvety skin!

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Olive oil is a powerful antioxidant. It has been in existence for thousands of years and is being used for beauty needs for centuries for extra...

Olive oil is a powerful antioxidant. It has been in existence for thousands of years and is being used for beauty needs for centuries for extra smooth, fair and soft skin…

Olive oil, popularly known as liquid gold can be used anywhere on the body as an emollient, facial, skin hydration and super moisturiser. Derived from pressing olives and extracting their oil, comes in many different forms and has many uses. It is a kitchen staple of the Mediterranean diet and is frequently used in salad dressing, stir-fry or cooking. Olive oil is packed with anti-ageing antioxidants and hydrating squalene, an oil that mimics your skin's natural sebum making it superb for hair, skin, and nails and can provide protection from the sun's UV rays/sunburn, etc. Olive oil can also help to restore the normal acid-alkaline balance of the skin that gets disrupted by exposure to alkaline soaps, chlorinated water and chemical air pollutants.

Known to be a powerful antioxidant, it has been in existence for thousands of years and is being used for beauty needs for centuries for extra smooth, fair and soft skin. Legend has it that Cleopatra used olive oil in her skincare regime.

For dandruff: Heat olive oil and apply on the scalp at night using cotton wool. Rub gently to loosen dandruff flakes. Leave on overnight. Next morning, apply the juice of a lemon on the scalp and wash the hair after half an hour.

Babies also develop a scaly condition on the scalp, called 'cradle cap'. The scales should not be pulled out. They should be softened with pure olive oil, applying it with cotton wool. The next day, wash the baby's scalp with a baby shampoo that does not sting the eyes.

Since olive oil is light, it can be used as hairdressing for extremely dry, damaged and frizzy hair. Put 2 drops of olive oil on the palms; rub palms together lightly and then smooth the palms over the hair.

Fenugreek seeds protect the scalp from infection and dandruff. Soak the seeds overnight in water. Grind them into a paste. Add 2 teaspoons each olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Apply the paste on the scalp and leave on for half an hour. Rinse well with water.

Add 5 drops of aromatic essential oil to 50 ml olive oil to make massage oil for the body. You can choose from rose, sandalwood or lavender essential oils.

For dry skin: Mix egg yolk with a little olive oil and apply on the face. Wash it off with water after 20 minutes. If you wish to remove tan, add lemon juice to the mixture.

Olive oil contains high levels of polyphenols, vitamin E, and phytosterols, which function as both antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Olive oil is often used as an ingredient in soaps, body washes, and lotions and face wash products. Olive oil can be used as an all-over body moisturiser.

Olive oil can be used as a serum to help moisturise your face and prevent premature ageing. To exfoliate the face and body and treat areas of dry or scaly skin, you can mix olive oil and sea salt to make a scrub. You should use fine-grained salt on the face and other sensitive areas, and coarser grains on the rest of the body.

Olive oil can be a super powerful hair conditioning treatment. It can be applied to the scalp and hair for 10 to 20 minutes after you shampoo regularly. It acts as a deep conditioner and dandruff controller also.

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