Image via WikipediaOlive oil is a great natural way to great looking skin and hair.Here is a great little post I found on yahoo answers. A friend of mine told me that she use to put lemon juice and olive oil on her face and it made her skin glow, soft and very smooth.
Here are the notes from that forum post. I have not tried any of these methods yet but I intend to. I am always looking for ways to improve my skin naturally. As with all products and methods if something is not working immediately stop the doing that method. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients don't take a chance on it and if you are under a doctors care consult with him before using or trying anything.
Here is the link to that forum post:
To receive the full benefit of olive oil, don't limit it to external care. Take a cue from the Mediterranean culture... eat it!
Incorporate this healthy oil regularly into your diet. You’ll enhance your health while improving the appearance of your skin.
Olive oil is high in antioxidants, including vitamin E. These nutritional powerhouses protect against age-accelerating free radicals. The oil of this miraculous fruit will guard your body and your skin... from the inside out.
So the next time you enjoy a healthy salad, drizzle on some olive oil. Later, rub it on your skin! You'll double the antioxidant, anti-aging protection.
When purchasing, opt for Extra Virgin olive oil, preferably organic. This is the least processed and retains the highest nutrient value.
Olive Oil Skin Care... Straight From the Bottle!
You can concoct simple skin care recipes right in your kitchen. Try these mini beauty treatments...
Bath: For a moisturizing, aromatic soak, add about ¼ cup olive oil and several drops of essential oil to your bathwater. I like lavender oil for relaxation just before bedtime. (As with any bath oil, be careful as the tub may become slippery.)
Skin: Gently massage a small amount of olive oil anywhere your skin is dry: face, elbows, feet, or legs.
Hands: Whip up a quick sugar scrub for rough, dry hands. Combine two tablespoons of oil with two tablespoons of sugar. Rub on until sugar begins to dissolve. Rinse with warm water. Voila! Silky-smooth hands.
Feet: Apply a liberal amount of oil to feet at bedtime. Cover with cotton socks. Not sexy... but oh-so-soft feet in the morning! The magic works for hands, too. Cover with white cotton gloves (hmm, even less sexy).
Face: Create a moisturizing facial mask with olive oil, honey, and an egg yolk. Beat until well blended and apply to face... then relax! Leave on for 15 minutes; rinse with warm water.
Nails: Warm a small dish of olive oil (not too hot) with a tablespoon of lemon juice. Soak nails for 5- 10 minutes. This softens cuticles while it strengthens nails.
Hair: For a simple oil treatment, warm several tablespoons of olive oil (again, not hot). Rub into scalp and hair. Cover with a shower cap or plastic baggie. Leave on for 20-30 minutes.
For extra conditioning, mix an egg yolk with the olive oil... but do not warm. This is great for dry hair and split ends. It may even heal dandruff. Shampoo twice after this treatment or you'll smell like raw egg!
Lips: Alleviate chapped lips with straight olive oil. Dab on lips... especially helpful at bedtime.
Okay, your body is covered with olive oil! That’s as natural as you can get. If you’d prefer to purchase ready made olive oil skin products, you’re in luck. Manufacturers have rediscovered the power of this traditional beauty treasure.
There are plenty of olive oil skin care products on the market... from olive oil soap to olive oil skin cream to olive oil hair care. The moisturizing benefits of this anti-oxidant rich oil are no longer just an ancient beauty secret!
If you are looking for natural methods be sure to do your research to make sure the method is right for you.