Olive oil is a kind of oil that is taken from the olive fruit. It is very famous of its using in European cooking especially in Italy because the Italian adds either olive oil or fresh olive into their cooking. This is not surprising for olive oil good for whole body health. Besides for internal healthy, it is also good for external use, especially for skin and hair.
Substances contained in Olive oil that can reduce skin crack
Olive oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidant. Those two substances are essential for revitalizing and invigorate your skin. That’s because vitamins A, B-1, B-2, C, D, E, K and iron that are contained in olive oil can make the skin smooth, elastic and healthy. The antioxidant itself can eliminate the free radicals that are responsible for dry and dull skin. It is understandable why people from Mediterranean called this oil as beauty oil. Olive oil contains a fatty acid. When the body’s cell incorporate with that, it will make the arteries supple and as a result, skin looks more lustrous. It is best to use the Extra Virgin olive oil for the best result.
Benefits of using olive oil for skin
People know that olive oil has many benefits for skin health. It’s easy to get, easy to use and easy to seep into the skin. Although in Asia, olive oil price might be a bit expensive, it still worth to buy it and store it at your home. You can use that as curing oil for your skin and hair problem but also can use that into your cooking, making it healthier than using ordinary oil. Written below are some of the benefits of olive oil for skin health:
Olive oil has antioxidant properties and thus can protect the skin from those harmful and damage free radicals. It is beneficial to slow the aging process and to heal the crack skin symptoms.
Rich with Vitamin E
Vitamin E is essential for the overall of skin health. It is the most nutrient that skin needs revitalize and reenergized itself. Without vitamin E, you won’t have a lustrous, moisturize and healthy skin.
There are still many other benefits from olive oil that you can use in your daily life. Indeed, that olive oil is very beneficial for our overall health either used internally or externally. Make sure your home has one of this wonderful oil as your skin care treatment.
Ways to use olive oil for skin
Olive oil is an excellent moisturizer for the skin and brings remarkable result in keeping the skin smooth and eliminates the symptoms of cracking skin. Crack skin is experienced because the skin is dry and need to be moisturized, therefore; people usually use it as massage oil which they use in their cracked area like hands or soles. The oil will help to moisturize the skin while the massage will help stimulate circulation. Besides the utility mentioned above, olive oil can also be used as these following:
Many people have been adding olive oil to baths for centuries. All they have to do just to substitute their regular bath oil with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. This method will make the skin smooth and lustrous.
No need to buy an expensive skin care Vaseline if you can use olive oil instead. Besides, you don’t have to use much olive oil, just apply it to your dry or crack skin area on your body part (including face). This will help the skin regain its natural oil balance. Once the skin will get its oil balance, the skin will be smoother and more elastic. You can also combine olive oil with a little of sugar to make it a great exfoliant and moisturizer.
Olive oil can be turned into a night cream, too. How? By combining it with vinegar and water in equal proportions, it will become a good night cream that will soften and moisturize the skin while you’re sleep. In this method, not only the olive oil that brings benefits but also the vinegar. It will lighten skin discolorations because of the sun and helps to exfoliate the skin and making it revitalized.
If you want to purchase a bottle of olive oil, make sure purchase the Extra Virgin olive oil. Don’t purchase the Light or Pure olive oil since its likely chemically processed and would be lacking the beneficial skin care elements.
Home remedy of olive oil for cracked hands
If you lived in tropical or dry climate, it’s common for you to experience skin cracks. Bathing with excessive hot water can also make your skin crack. Although the application of Vaseline helps the situation, it only gives you limited result. If that’s the case, you can try soaking your hands in a soothing olive oil soak. The steps are pretty easy to make as shows below:
Things you need:
3 cups of water
2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 cup of milk (any kind of cow’s milk)
- Pour 3 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 cup of milk in a microwave-safe bowl then, stir the ingredients evenly. Don’t forget to choose a bowl large enough to dip both of your hands comfortably.
- Microwave the mixture on medium setting for about 20 minutes. Remove the bowl, stir and carefully test the heat of the mixture with your little finger. Make sure the mixture is warm enough to touch but not too hot. If it’s not enough, put it back to the microwave and reheat it on a low setting for about 10-20 seconds.
- After everything is ready, dip both of your hands in the olive oil soak for 10-15 seconds. If the mixture begins to cool down, microwave it again for an additional 10-20 seconds. You need the mixture to be warm not hot so don’t overheat it.
- Remove your hands from the soak and risen off the olive oil mixture by using lukewarm water. Dry your hand before applying your regular basis hand cream. Do not re-use the remaining olive oil soak so when you’re done, dump the remaining into the drain.