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Beauty Au Naturel

8 Wonderful Benefits of Olive Oil For Your Beauty

Hello lovelies!

Since many centuries, olive oil has been a staple in many Mediterranean cultures, especially in cooking. But if you thought that this was the only use you could do from olive oil, let me tell you that you’re wrong.

Indeed, since Ancient Egyptians and Ancient Greeks, olive oil has been used for many beauty hacks, be it for hair, skin, and even nails! It’s worth saying that olive oil is a living treasure that has many beauty benefits that can profit you.

Are you ready to discover olive oil’s beauty benefits? Let’s go!

What is olive oil?

 

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Olive oil is extracted by pressing pure olives. The composition of olive oil is very interesting as it is high in monounsaturated fats (oleic, linoleum, and palmitic acids) and antioxidants suc as vitamin E and oleancanthal. In particular, olive oil has the highest level of oleic acid among all the other vegetable oils.

Indeed, this omega-9 fatty acid multiplies olive oil’s moisturizing properties, especially as far as the nourishment of hair strands is concerned. We will come back to this topic later.

What are the benefits of olive oil for your skin?

 

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Thanks to its multiple healthy fats and antioxidants, olive oil’s skin benefits are tremendous. Indeed, these components enable olive oil to deeply moisturize your skin while preventing the signs of aging.

Deeply moisturizes your skin

Thanks to squalene and vitamin E, olive oil helps your skin retaining moisture, while increasing your skin’s ability to absorb and retain water. Your skin will always be smooth and plump with olive oil!

Soothes dry and irritated skin

Olive oil helps relive your skin from conditions such as rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis. Thus, olive oil will keep your skin moisturized and hydrated.

Cleanses your skin

Olive oil helps dissolve oily residue on the skin and is an effective makeup remover, especially for all the waterproof products.

Reduces the signs of aging

Thanks to its antioxidants, olive oil fights oxidative stress, and increases collagen in the skin. Thus, olive oil’s action will help you reduce fine lines and wrinkles on your face. I guess it’s better than any expensive anti-aging cream! My aunt has been using olive oil for decades as a night cream, and her face is literally wrinkle-free at 78 years old. Just think about it.

Eases wound healing

Olive oil accelerates the process of wound healing thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Also, research has shown that olive oil helped healing diabetic foot ulcers and pressure ulcers.

Reduces puffiness

Thanks to its oleocanthal, olive oil reduces swelling and puffiness under your eyes.

What are the benefits of olive oil for your hair?

 

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Olive oil has been used for centuries for hair care, especially because of its moisturizing properties. Indeed, olive oil is very popular since it adds shine and conditions the hair. Moreover, olive oils softens the hair and strengthens your hair by penetrating the hair shaft, while locking in moisture at the same time.

However, olive oil is not for every hair type. Indeed, the hair that will benefit the most from its properties are thick, processed, and dry hair. Also, if you have split ends, olive oil will be your best ally.

However, if you have oily hair, you must forget about olive oil. Your hair doesn’t need extra conditioning!

Is there any other olive oil’s beauty benefit?

 

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Yes, there are other olive oil’s beauty secrets. Indeed, you can use olive oil to strengthen your nails. You can soak your nails in warm olive oil during 10 to 20 minutes before going to bed.

To obtain lasting benefits from this nail treatment, you can do it twice a week. Moreover, you can add lemon juice or lemon essential oil in your olive oil if you want an extra strengthening effect.

How to use olive oil for your hair and skin

 

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There are many ways you can use olive oil for your hair and your skin. Here are some olive oil’s beauty tips you can use in your beauty routine.

Makeup remover

Olive oil can be used as the first step of your double cleansing routine. Take a small amount of olive oil in the palm of your hands. Rub it and apply it on your face full of makeup. Then, remove your makeup with a cotton pad.

Face and body moisturizer

Take olive oil and apply it on your face and body. You can also use olive oil in your bath to get a smooth skin. However, you must be aware that you will smell like a Mediterranean salad!

Pre-poo treatment

You can use olive oil alone, or with other oils as a pre-poo treatment. All you have to do is to apply it on your hair and let it sit for at least two hours before washing your hair. If you have extra time, you can leave it overnight on your hair.

Deep conditioner

You can use olive oil as a deep conditioner, especially if you have dry and brittle hair. Here is a recipe for you:

  • an avocado
  • an egg yolk
  • two tablespoons of olive oil
  • one teaspoon of honey
  • 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (I personally prefer peppermint and rosemary oils)

Mix all the ingredients in a blender. Then, apply it on clean and damp hair. Put a plastic cap and sit under the dryer for 30 minutes. Rinse your hair and admire the result! If you apply this deep conditioner regularly, I guarantee you that your hair will transform for the best.

Hair sealant

Olive oil is a great hair sealant for curly and oily hair. Indeed, olive oil is one of the rare oils to actually penetrate your hair shaft and retains moisture. Use olive oil after your favorite leave-in conditioner.

What are the potential side effects of olive oil for your beauty?

 

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Though olive oil has many great beauty benefits, it’s certainly not for everybody. For instance, it can cause breakouts and acne on your face. If you have sensitive skin, you must also use olive oil with caution.

Moreover, you can’t use olive oil on your scalp as a hair growth treatment. Indeed, it can lead to fungus and inflammation on your scalp.

What kind of olive oil should you choose?

 

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To get the most of olive oil’s beauty benefits, you have several choices. However, you must choose the best quality olive oil you can afford.

Extra virgin olive oil

This is the highest grade of olive oil. It is obtained by cold mechanical extraction without the use of solvents or refining methods. Many experts believe that this is a high-quality olive oil because it has a superior taste.

Moreover, it has some fruitiness and no sensory defects. If you must choose olive oil for your beauty routine, I highly recommend extra virgin olive oil because it is the purest one.

Virgin olive oil

Virgin olive oil is a lesser grade of olive oil, with some sensory defects. However, it still has a good taste.

Refined olive oil

Refined olive oil is virgin olive oil that had been refined with charcoal and other chemicals. This olive oil is of lesser quality, and I don’t recommend it if you want to get the multiple olive oil’s beauty benefits.

Summary: what olive oil can do for your hair and skin

 

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Thanks to its richness in antioxidants and fatty acids, olive oil can be used to moisturize your hair and your skin. Moreover, it strengthens your nails and has anti-aging properties. However, you must always choose the highest grade of olive oil, if you want to get the most of its beauty benefits.

Well, that’s all for today! What do you think of olive oil’s beauty benefits? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Take care!

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10 Comments

  1. aida k says:

    A VERY GOOD INFORMATIONAL MATERIAL ON OLIVE OIL AND ITS BENEFITS IN HUMAN HEALTH AND NUTRITIONAL VALUES FOR BEAUTY SKIN HAIR AND THE INGREDIENTS THAT I MIX IT IN MY FAMELY IT IS A MAIN ELEMENT ON THE COOKING TABLE AS WELL AS EVERYTHING YOU MENTION IN THIS ARTICLE .THANK YOU FOR SHARE THIS ARTICLE.

    1. admin says:

      You’re welcome Aida!

  2. LineCowley says:

    This is a very detailed and helpful post on the benefits that olive oil has for your beauty treatments. I live in Italy and we are fortunate enough to have our own olive trees, and therefore get our own extra virgin olive oil every year. It does mean that I am quite liberal in where and how I use olive oil. 

    I don’t often use it in my beauty routine, so this is a welcome reminder that I could be using it as a moisturiser and make-up remover, as well as a deep conditioning hair treatment. It does worry me that you say that using olive oil as a hair growth treatment can lead to fungus and inflammation on your scalp. So if you use olive oil on your hair, must you avoid getting it on your scalp altogether?

    Thank you for clarifying.

    1. admin says:

      Hello Line yes you should avoid olive oil on your scalp and only focus on your ends

  3. Steph says:

    Hello there! All I have to say is WOW! Your site is a pleasant place to be as far as the overall aesthetics and ease of use. Your article about skin and hair care with olive oil is very informative and well put together. There are a lot of uses for Olive oil that I had no idea about! I suffer from dry skin and brittle hair, so I’m anxious to give olive oil a try in some ways that you described. The only comment I have is about your ‘pre-poo’ application of olive oil. I actually stopped scrolling when I saw that as I thought it was used for something else other than hair. As I read, I realized that it was meant as something to use before shampooing. You may want to change it to something like ‘pre-wash’ so that it doesn’t give readers the wrong impression. Or maybe it’s just me? Anyway, great job with your site in it’s entirety. It looks fantastic!

    1. admin says:

      Hello Steph I will change I realize that it can be misleading…

  4. Pablo says:

    Hi Elodie, thank you for sharing this wonderful blog post about the benefits of olive oil for your beauty. I enjoyed reading your tips and tricks on how to use olive oil for your hair, skin, nails, and lips.

    I also appreciate that you mentioned the importance of choosing high-quality olive oil, avoiding products that may contain lower-quality oils. Olive oil is a popular and healthy product, but it is also prone to adulteration and fraud, especially in the global market. Some of the common ways of adulterating olive oil are blending it with refined olive oil or other vegetable oils, mislabeling poor-quality oil as extra-virgin olive oil, or adding artificial flavors or colors to mask the defects.

    To avoid these problems, we should always check the label, the origin, the color, and the taste, and do some simple tests at home to verify the purity of the olive oil. I always make sure to buy extra-virgin olive oil from a reputable source. I also store it in a dark and cool place to prevent oxidation and rancidity.

    Thank you again for this informative and inspiring blog post.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks for your comment Pablo !

  5. Miguel C. says:

    Hi, 

    I am truly amazed. I learned so much from this article! I never in a million years would have thought of olive oil as a makeup remover or pre-poo treatment. I have one question after reading about the pre-poo treatment. Does this treatment work when their is a lot of humidity? My hair is barely manageable on high humidity days. 

    Thanks for the great information!

    Melissa

    1. admin says:

      Hello melissa thanks for your comment ! Yes olive oil can be used in humid climates 

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