If youâve been restricting olive oil drizzles to just your salads, weâve got news for youâhe beauty elixir from the Mediterranean region is full of anti-ageing and antibacterial qualities that can enrich your hair, skin and nails. Derived from the fruit of the olive tree, olive oil has been a part of the beauty and wellness rituals of Mediterranean and Levant regions for several millennia, and with good reason too.
The biggest benefit of olive oil are found in its antioxidant properties, which allow it to hamper the oxidation processÂ in the body. (Oxidation leads to the production of free radicals that damage healthy cells and tissues, which ultimately leads to illnesses and ageing.) LikeÂ coconut oil, olive oil has also been used for treating bacterial skin infections. Combine this with its natural moisturising properties, and you know why olive oil makes a great natural skin booster. The ingredient is also rich in Vitamin A (also an antioxidant) and Vitamin E, which are essential for good skin.
Basically olive oil can work as a versatile component in your DIY masks, be it as an exfoliator or a damage repairer. But be sure to use certified, good quality olive oil, and test it on a small patch of your skin to check for allergies. Also consult your doctor before applying anything on your face if you have any skin conditions.
Olive oil + eggs
Mix two whisked eggs with two tbsp olive oil for a quick mask that helps restore the shine of your hair. Apply on damp hair from roots to the tip, leave it on for 30 minutes (or more if you can tolerate the smell), and rinse off with shampoo and cold water (hot water will make things sticky and messy). Eggs are high on protein and vitamins, and when combined with the moisturising benefits of olive oil, can help restore the lost shine of your hair and avoid split ends. This mask can also reduce dandruff on your scalp. Finish your routine with KÃ©rastase Chronologiste Parfum en Huile after drying your mane to add fragrance and shine.
Olive oil + oats + honey
Based on the quantity you need for your face or body, mix olive oil with oats (coarsely powdered in a blender) and honey, and apply, leaving it on for 10 minutes. Gently use this mixture as a body scrub to do away with dead skin cells. While the oats do the exfoliation (make sure youâre applying in gentle circular motions), honey and olive oil moisturise the skin and promote cell redevelopment. Heading to the beach? Use this as an exfoliator on your posterior to make it bikini-ready. Since itâs a mild scrub, you can use it once a week on tough areas such as your knees and elbows to help lighten and soften them.
Olive oil + banana + honey +lemon
This recipe is a great moisture boost for your hair and scalp. Mix two ripe bananas (or lesser if you have short hair) with one tbsp each of olive oil, honey and lemon juice to form a paste. Apply on your scalp and hair, and let it sit for 30 minutes. This mask provides triple natural conditioners to your hair with banana, honey and olive oil, while the lemon juice helps tackle the dandruff. Honey is a rich antioxidant, and its antiseptic properties will also calm your scalp.
Olive oil + argan oil + sesame oil + jojoba oil
Give your hair a deep conditioning treatment with this DIY oil mask. Warm the olive oil and combine all the oils together to make about three tbsps worth of a mix. You can also add a drop of essential lavender oil for its calming properties. Apply this mixture from root, gently massaging your scalp with your fingertips. Wrap a warm towel over your head, letting the oils seep in for about 20 minutes. Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, these oils will work through the hair cuticle to provide elasticity and shine, and help prevent hair breakage. Rinse off with a shampoo.
Olive oil + avocado
Mix half a small mashed ripe avocado with one tbsp of olive oil, blending well for a smooth consistency. Apply on your face for 10 minutes and rinse off. Both ingredients are rich in healthy fats and will help make your skin supple naturally. Avocado will calm your skin as itâs known to reduce inflammation, and if you add a little honey, it also works as an antiseptic too. Use once a week for optimal results.
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