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For thousands of years, olive oil has been used to maintain the health and beauty of the skin. For home use and skin care, olive oil is suitable like no other: it is easy to buy, and with it you can care not only for the skin, but also for the hair and nails.
The properties of olive oil are called magical - and they are magical not only in recipes, but also as part of cosmetics for the face and body code. For thousands of years, olive oil has been used to maintain the health and beauty of skin, hair, nails - and all this thanks to its rich and unique composition. Today we will tell you how olive oil is good for the skin and how to use it at home.
All the benefits of olive oil for the skin are easily explained by its unique composition. The formula of olive oil is ideal: it has a lot of easily split, unsaturated fats, and very few saturated, solid ones. The vitamins in it are exactly what our skin needs - A, E and D, but a special role belongs to the accompanying substances.
Most of all in olive oil compounds containing phosphorus - phosphatides and phospholipids. Phosphatides contain many sugars and retain water in oil; phospholipids are necessary for building cell membranes and are actively involved in metabolic processes.
Carotenoids, tocopherols and sterols in olive oil form the basis of the fraction of unsaponifiable substances with soothing, regenerating and softening skin properties. For aging skin, these substances are not that useful, but indispensable - they trigger the regeneration processes and contribute to the production of collagen.
The composition of fatty acids of olive oil is rich and diverse: it contains a lot of oleic acid - up to 80%, there is also linoleic, palmitic and stearic acid - from 3 to 15%, and the latest scientific achievements have revealed many other unique fatty acids. The fatty acid composition of the oil can vary, and quite strongly - it depends on the climate in which olive trees grow.
Olive oil perfectly moisturizes and nourishes the skin, preventing it from withering: Vitamin E, which is abundant in it, protects the skin from free radicals and delays the appearance of wrinkles. Vitamins A and D help renew the skin, and carotene protects it from scorching sunlight.
To cleanse the skin with olive oil, moisten a cotton pad in hot water, squeeze it out, apply a little oil and rub the skin along the massage lines. You can also remove makeup in the same way.
Olive oil dissolves fat and dirt, so do not be afraid that it will clog pores or cause the formation of acne, blackheads and comedones. All these skin problems arise due to the effects of pathogenic bacteria, hormonal disorders, stratification of dead cells and many other negative factors, and the clarification with olive oil reduces this effect.
For home use and skin care, olive oil is suitable like no other: it is easy to buy, and with it you can take care not only of the skin, but also of the hair and nails, and also use it inside - as in pure form, and as part of dishes.
First you need to learn how to choose real olive oil - but it is not cheap. If the oil is of good quality, it can be green or delicate yellow-green, with the smell of artichokes, or a light fruity (grassy) hue, and the taste of fresh olives in it is always felt.
The best olive oil is Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It is completely natural, and is not cleaned by any industrial methods. It is obtained by cold pressing, from the most healthy, fresh and ripe olives, and sold in bottles of dark glass.
If you buy another variety, then carefully read the label: it can be refined oil or a mixture of oils - in this case, one cannot expect the manifestation of those magical properties that olive oil has been famous for hundreds of years.
Having bought olive oil, you can check its quality at home. The oil in the bottle can be transparent - put it in the freezer for 10 minutes. If it hardens and becomes cloudy, and at room temperature becomes transparent again - it is of high quality. Such oil is stored at room temperature in a dark place - no more than a year.
The first thing to start with is the use of olive oil - cleansing the face and neck. The simplest scrub: mix wheat bran (2 tablespoons) and the same amount of oil, massage the skin of the face and neck for 1-2 minutes, then wash with warm water.
To make cosmetic milk, you will need a glass of milk, fresh cucumber, olive oil (1 tsp) and any essential oil that suits you (1-2 drops). Rub the cucumber on a fine grater, pour it with warm boiled milk and insist under the lid for an hour. Then it is filtered, added oils - olive and essential, mixed and used - as a light night cream, a nourishing cleansing lotion and makeup remover. Milk can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
One effective way to apply olive oil to your skin is to make masks. The result is visible after the first application, and due to regular procedures the skin will change and you will not recognize it. Face masks with olive oil can be done with any type of skin.
Compositions for normal skin of the face and body
A mask with olive oil and a banana will soothe irritated skin: ¼ knead a ripe banana, add fresh cucumber gruel and butter (1 tsp each), mix and apply on the face for half an hour. Rinse off with cool water.
A mask with lemon and egg yolk will refresh your aging skin. If you apply it regularly, wrinkles will be smoothed out, and new ones will not appear for a very long time. Lemon (¼) is ground together with zest, add yolk and oil (1 tsp), mix and add oatmeal. The resulting slurry is mixed again and applied to the skin of the face and neck for 20 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
Olive oil is part of many skin cosmetics, including hydrophilic oils and cosmetic soaps.
It is not for nothing that olive oil is called the elixir of youthful skin: it rejuvenates, accelerates cell regeneration, keeps the skin supple and supple, smoothes wrinkles, prevents the appearance of new ones and never causes allergies. Therefore, you can safely use it: caring for sensitive, problematic skin; for the treatment of burns, inflammations, bruises, injuries, wounds and ulcers, and even insect bites.