The properties of extra virgin olive oil rich in vitamin E and fatty acids make it a product with great cosmetic benefits for the skin. Olive oil among other properties acts as a moisturiser for the skin hydrating it and giving it elasticity. It also delays the aging process of the skin through its antioxidant compounds.
The properties of extra virgin olive oil have been known since ancient times by peoples such as Egyptians and Greeks.
Olive oil is an important ingredient in the making of beauty creams as much for facial treatment as for body and hair. Currently this tendancy is on the rise; there are many cosmetic products available on the market whose manufacturing are based in olive oil. Below are several recipes that anybody could make in their own home, suggested for skin and hair treatment.
Egg Cleansing Cream
Ingredients: 1 egg, 1 small cup of extra virgin olive oil, 1 soup spoon of cider vinager, 1 teaspoon of sugar
Process: Beat all of the ingredients together, add the oil last and beat again until you acquire a creamy consistency.
Virgin olive oil is a natural product with enormous beneficial effects on skin and hair.
Almond Cleansing Cream
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, 4 tablespoons of crushed almonds, half a teaspoon of powdered boron and 1 cup of hot water.
Process: Beat all of the ingredients together until blended and with a creamy consistency.
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon of liquid honey, the white of 1 egg beaten unti stiff, 1 tablespoon of oatmeal or any other meal (You can substitute the white of the egg for the yolk if you so wish).
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of pulped avocado, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of oatmeal.
NUTRIENT CREAMS FOR FACIAL AND BODY USE
Avocado nourishing cream
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon of beeswax, one pinch of borax (sodium borate), 1 soup spoon of extra virgin olive oil, 3 soup soons avocado oil, 1 soup spoon of rosewater.
Process: Melt the wax and the oils in a bowl. Dissolve the borax in the rosewater and mix it with the oils, stirring until you achieve a creamy consistency and the cream has cooled down.
Creams with an olive oil base contribute to reducing dryness of the skin and, in addition, assists in its nutrition and elasticity.
Nutritious Wheat Germ Cream
Ingredients: 2 teaspoons of beeswax, 1 teaspoon of lanolin (wool wax/grease), 4 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil, 2 soup spoons of distilled water, a pinch of borax, 2 soup spoons of wheat germ oil.
Process: Heat up the lanolin, the wax and the oil in a bowl until they all melt to a liquid state. Dissolve the borax in the hot distilled water and add to the other mixture, stirring until it goes cold, adding at the same time the wheat germ oil. Whisk the cream throroughly.
Coconut Oil Moisturiser
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon of beeswax, half a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil, 2 and a half teaspoons of coconut oil, 2 soup spoons of distilled water, half a teaspoon of lanolin and a pinch of borax.
Process: Melt the wax, the oil and the lanolina together in a bowl. Dissolve the borax in the hot water and add this solution to the oils. Beat together until the mixture cools down.
Bath oils with virgin olive oil base with great healing properties
Ingredients: 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 1 teaspoon of lavender oil.
Process: Mix the oils together and add to a hot bath.
Fennel and Sage Oil
Ingredients: 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, half a teaspoon of fennel oil, half a teaspoon of sage oil.
Process: Mix the oils together and add to a hot bath.
Ingredients: 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of sage oil.
Process: Mix together the oils and use it to massage your body after doing exercise.
Conditioners to apply before shampoo: To apply these formulas is necessary to follow the process described below. Heat up the ingredients together in a bowl spread the mixture on your scalp and throughout your hair. Rub in the conditioner by massaging your scalp with your fingertips. Cover your head with a warm towel (wet first with hot water and then squeezed out). Leave it for quarter of an hour and then wash your hair twice with shampoo, rinsing thoroughly.
Olive oil used as a hair mask smooths and gives life to your hair
2 - 3 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil.
Oil, Egg, and Honey Conditioner: 1 fresh egg, 1 soup spoon of honey, 2 soup spoons of extra virgin olive oil.
Castor and Thyme Polish: 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablepoon of castor oil and 10 drops of thyme essence.
Anti-Dandruff Conditioner: 150 grams of virgin olive oil, 20 grams of castor oil and 20 grams of cologne.
Conditioner to give your hair body: 1 egg yolk, 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, half a glass of beer and the juice of one lemon.
Egg and Vinager Revitalizer: 1 egg, 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil, 1 soup spoon of vinager. To make this product, you must beat the egg and add the oil gradually and then finally add the vinager.
Olive Oil Shampoo: half a tablespoon of borax, quarter of a litre of extra virgin olive oil and half a litre of boiling water. The process is carried out by mixing the oil and the borax, then pour in the boiling water and allow the mixture to cool. Bottle the ointment and shake well before use.
Fuente de las recetas: March, L., Ríos, A., El libro del aceite y la aceituna, Ed. Alianza, Madrid, 1989.