Olives and olive oil have a lot of health benefits. This is because they are full of antioxidants that protect the body from free radical damage. While the health benefits of olives are large, this article focuses on the different ways olives and olive oil keep skin healthy, young, and vibrant.
However, even the ways olives benefit your skin are numerous.
Olives can be ingested to work from the inside to keep your skin healthy, or it can be applied topically through olive oil to keep your skin healthy.
Here are what we believe are the top nine ways olives benefit your skin.
Benefit 1: Natural Moisturizer and Exfoliator
Olives have many skin benefits, which will be discussed in specific detail later in the article, but one of the overall benefits of olives is that they produce olive oil. Olive oil is a natural moisturizer and exfoliator.
Some moisturizers and creams can cause more skin problems than they cure, or they can be highly addictive for skin, meaning that once you stop using them your skin problems come right back.
Using olive oil as your daily moisturizer is often better than using thick, oily, and goopy commercial moisturizers.
Olive oil penetrates deeper into the skin than most store-bought moisturizers. Furthermore, it will keep pores open and clean, which will prevent underlying skin conditions from flaring up (Global Healing Center, 2015).
Instead of using a store-bought moisturizer, apply a teaspoon of olive oil on your skin before going to bed. You’ll should start to notice the difference in your skin pretty quickly.
Along with being a natural moisturizer, olive oil can be used as a natural exfoliator by combining it with sea salt. The deep penetrating abilities of olive oil and the abrasiveness of sea salt will exfoliate your skin as successfully as any product being sold in stores.
This combination of ingredients will get rid of dead skin, making it feel clean and refreshed.
Benefit 2: Prevents Wrinkles
Olives are full of antioxidants that are beneficial for skin. In olive oil, vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterois are responsible for making skin look young and vibrant. These antioxidants prevent free radical damage to skin.
Free radicals are electrons searching for other elections, and while these electrons are searching for one another they do damage to cells, proteins, and DNA. This damage can cause wrinkles and make skin look unhealthy and old (Live Sciences, 2016).
Antioxidants, such as vitamin E, can prevent and sometimes reverse the damaging effects of free radicals.
Using olive oil topically can restore smoothness to skin, preventing wrinkles and making it look healthier. However, there is a little bit of a trick to using olive oil as an anti-aging product. Unless you want to create an oily mess, don’t spread large amounts all over your skin.
If you are applying olive oil to your face, wash your face first and then apply a few drops of olive oil to the places that are rough, dry, and need repairing. Leave the olive oil on for about 15 minutes before washing it off.
Olive oil can also be mixed with lemon juice and sea salt to penetrate deeper in the skin, refreshing your skin even more.
Furthermore, adding a couple of tablespoons of olive oil to bathwater and soaking in it will moisturize your entire body.
Benefit 3: Prevents Skin Cancer
Those free radicals that cause wrinkles and premature aging, can also cause cancer. When too many free radicals are running around in the body they can break cell membranes. This can cause cell mutations and tumor growth. Fortunately, the antioxidants found in olives not only prevent premature aging, but they also help prevent various cancers from developing.
Eating olives, or using olive oil when cooking, can help prevent cancers such as colon and breast cancer. However, olives have also been known to prevent skin cancer. When the sun’s ultraviolet rays tan or burn skin, it damages it and increases the risk of skin cancer.
Olive antioxidants protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. Ingesting olives or olive oil can reduce the risk of developing malignant melanoma- the most dangerous type of skin cancer.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you should go around drinking olive oil whenever you can. That would be harmful rather than helpful. Instead incorporate a few tablespoons of olive oil a day into your diet.
Find recipes that use olive oil, or put olives in foods, such as salads. It shouldn’t be difficult to find ways to add small amounts of olives or olive oil into your daily diet.
Benefit 4: Heals Cracked Heals
This isn’t a bad attempt at making a pun. Olive oil can be used to moisturize and heal cracked, dry, and rough heels. Feet take a lot of abuse throughout the day and a variety of things can cause heels to become cracked.
For example, cold weather, dehydration, exposure to extremely hot water, and some types of soap can cause heels to dry out, causing the skin around the heals to become cracked and sore. Olive oil can help combat painful and cracked heels (Global Healing Center, 2015).
Before moisturizing your heels with olive oil, you need to scrape the dead skin cells off your heels and feet.
Then wash and dry them. If you don’t do this, the olive oil won’t be able to penetrate the skin deeply, which will make it less effective. It is also a good idea to use a bottle of extra virgin olive oil you keep in your bathroom, instead of using the olive oil you use for cooking. This will prevent cross contamination.
Once you’ve prepped your heels and feet, all you need to do is massage olive oil into the cracked and dry skin. When you use olive oil to moisturize facial skin, you only use a few tablespoons at most.
This is not the case when moisturizing your feet. Use a decent amount of olive oil on your heels, the balls of your feet, and your ankles and let the oil penetrate the skin for at least a few minutes. Finally, take a pair of clean socks and carefully put them onto your feet. In the morning, you should have soft, moisturized heels.
Benefit 5: Treats Skin Rashes
Skin rashes are awful. They are red, itchy, and often painful. Fortunately, olive oil can be used to treat and improve different types of rashes and allergic reactions.
As already stressed, olive oil is a natural product, meaning it is safe to use on everyone. Individual’s with sensitive skin should be able to apply olive oil to their skin without having to worry about side effects. Olive oil can also be used on babies to treat diaper rash.
It doesn’t take a lot of olive oil to treat rashes. Just like any rash treatment, you don’t want to slather olive oil all over a rash. Spreading excessive amounts of olive oil on the affected area won’t have any extra benefits and will probably only make a huge mess.
Instead mix about two teaspoons of extra virgin olive with one teaspoon of water.
Once you’ve mixed the combination well you can apply it to diaper rash, allergic reactions, and other types of rashes.
Keep in mind that when applying the olive oil and water mix you should use a Q-tip, cotton ball, or the tip of your finger to spread it over the affected area. This is to prevent further irritation to your skin, as well as to prevent spreading the rash to other areas of your skin.
Benefit 6: Improves Varicose and Spider Veins
Varicose veins are another painful condition that is caused by veins twisting and swelling underneath the skin. They are often blue or purple and feel raised or bumpy when you run your fingers over them.
There are a lot of treatments available for varicose veins. There are laser treatments, creams, and medications that are supposed to get rid of, or improve the appearance of, varicose veins. However, there is a much simpler and more natural way to get rid of varicose veins: olive oil.
There are two reasons that olive oil has been known to be effective in treating varicose veins.
The first reason is that olive oil can penetrate deeper into the skin. Since olive oil can penetrate deeper, it can reach the twisted, swollen veins better than some creams can.
The second reason is that olive oil has been known to help increase circulation, reduce pain, and improve inflammation when it is massaged into the skin. Improving blood circulation is an important part of treating varicose veins.
To improve your varicose veins gently massage olive oil in the veins for several minutes, twice a day for a couple of months. Some other suggestions that could make the olive oil more effective is to warm it up and to mix it with equal amounts of vitamin E oil.
There’s not an exact amount of oil you should or shouldn’t use to treat varicose veins. Just use enough oil to completely moisturize the area around the veins.
Benefit 7: Lip Scrub
Many people forget that lips have layers of skin, and need to be cared for properly. They need to be moisturized, cleaned, and taken care of just as often as you take care of the rest of your skin.
Olive oil can be used to create a natural lip scrub that moisturizes and exfoliates the lips. Occasionally rubbing a lip scrub onto your lips will help heal chapped, cracked, and peeling lips.
To make your own lip scrub with olive oil here are the ingredients you will need: olive oil, crushed brown sugar, and lemon juice. Combine sugar, a few drops of olive oil, and a small amount of lemon juice together.
Mix them well, until you have a grainy but moist scrub. The sugar and lemon juice will exfoliate your lips, while the olive oil moisturizes them. Put the lip scrub on your lips five minutes before bed.
While this recipe is for creating a lip scrub, it can be mixed together in larger doses and used on the rest of the body as well. It’s even edible; although, it would probably make for a strange snack.
One other thing to keep in mind, is that you don’t want to use the scrub too frequently. Caring for the skin on your lips is important, but using lip scrub too often could end up making chapped or peeling lips worse.
Benefit 8: Make-Up Remover
So, using olives and olive oil as a make-up remover may not be a direct skin benefit. However, it can be used to remove make up, which is beneficial to skin, so it still counts.
Going to bed without wiping off your make-up has awful effects on skin. It clogs up pores and causes skin to break out. Leftover make-up can also cause wrinkles and dull skin tone.
It can even cause skin rashes or skin infections. Therefore, washing your face before bed is extremely important. Luckily, olive oil is a great make-up remover that is already in your pantry.
The reason why olive oil works as a make-up remover is because oil based products attract other oil based products. So, olive oil will attract the oil components of make-up, making it easier to remove.
There really isn’t a special way to use olive oil to remove your make-up. Use it like you would any other make-up removal product. Dab it onto a cotton ball or tissue and gently remove your make up, starting with mascara and eyeliner (Global Healing Center, 2015).
Just make sure to wash your face afterwards to make sure you have completely removed substances that could clog your pores.
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Benefit 9: Treats Dandruff
Another part of skin people tend to forget to take care of is the skin on their scalp. Not taking care of your scalp can result in dandruff and unhealthy hair. The antioxidants in olive oil can combat the damaging effects of chemical-based hair products.
The moisturizing properties of olive oil also prevent the scalp from becoming dry and flakey, preventing dandruff from forming.
There are many ways to use olive oil to keep scalp skin healthy.
One suggestion is to take a large amount of olive oil and apply it to your hair, starting at your roots and massaging into the scalp and rest of your hair. Then cover your hair with a towel for about 10 minutes.
Then rinse your hair and wash it with shampoo. You can also leave olive oil on your scalp overnight.
There are also several combinations you can create to effectively treat dandruff. For example: olive and coconut oil, olive oil and honey, olive oil and avocado, and olive oil and apple cider vinegar (Home Remedies For Life, 2017).
Incorporate Olives Into Your Diet
Now that you know some of the ways olives keep your skin healthy, you should start incorporating them into your diet.
Olive oil should also become part of your diet, or at least part of your skin regime in small doses.
You won’t regret it. Once your skin starts to look younger, healthier, and more vibrant it will be difficult to imagine your life without olives.
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