Olive oil has been used for several purposes before now, and dermatologists are also coming up with more uses of the oil as an effective skincare agent.
It was asserted that extra virgin organic olive oil, has higher levels of antioxidants, especially vitamin E and phenols, the same compounds found in grapes, because the olive oil is less processed.
Chances are, olive oil is a staple in your kitchen whether you use it for everyday cooking, whipping up easy salad dressings, or for dipping your favorite breads. The possibilities are endless.
As if you needed another reason to love the healthy fat, it also happens to be pretty great for your appearance. From moisturizing your skin to helping you fight the appearance of aging, womenshealthmag.com has listed some of the biggest beauty benefits of olive oil.
It Smoothes Hair
The vitamin E found in olive oil can help reduce dandruff, says Julie Russak, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. “Just mix a teaspoon of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon to the scalp,” she says.
It Removes Makeup
People often think that adding olive oil to already-oily skin will worsen the problem, but that’s not actually the case. “Olive oil grabs onto other oil-based products, making it a great makeup remover,” says Russak. “Use it as a pre-cleanser (followed by warm water and the face wash of your choice) or by itself—it’s gentle enough for everyday use.
It Softens Cuticles
“It’s important to keep cuticles supple so they don’t crack and split, which can allow bacteria and fungus to get under the nail,” says Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D., founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care in Maryland. “Just apply a drop to cuticles at night before you go to bed.”
It Helps Your Nails Grow
On top of keeping cuticles healthy, olive oil can actually help your nails grow. “Because of the rich vitamin E olive oil contains, it is extremely moisturizing and easily absorbed, which makes it great for nail growth,” says Russak. “Soak your nails in olive oil for about 20 minutes once a week to feel its full effect.”
If you have extra olive oil on your hands from cooking, don’t be so quick to rinse it off. “Olive oil has great moisture-holding properties, so it can hold water against the skin to keep it smooth.
It Soothes Irritation
If you’re experiencing dry, itchy, or inflamed skin, Russak suggests forgoing a prescription cream and instead trying olive oil to relieve discomfort. “Many people find that olive oil calms irritated and inflamed skin, thanks to a compound called oleocanthal,” she says. Add some olive oil to a warm bath for allover relief.
It Fights Aging
Last but certainly not least, going for the bottle now may save you from going under the needle later on. “Olive oil contains potent antioxidants,” says Tanzi. “These include vitamin E and polyphenols, which help to gather and neutralize free radicals that can otherwise damage the skin and advance the appearance of aging.