Cretan people are strongly related to olive oil, which was used apart from nutritional needs, for cosmetic purposes, for religious ceremonies, as a body ointment, as a therapeutic substance, as a lubricant, for making soaps and as fuel for lamps.
Hippocrates (father of medicine) refers to more than 60 different therapeutic properties of olive oil.
Nowadays olive oil is still considered to be one of the best natural healing and care substances for human skin. As such is used in many cosmetics products, from lip balm, shampoo and soap to bath and massage oils.
As medical research has shown olive oil contains a lot of antioxidants (vitamin E and polyphenols), vitamins and mineral substances. Hence, it regenerates the skin and stimulates the natural moisture system.
Try it on yourself
Here are some tips of how you could use olive oil in everyday life as a natural cosmetic. But, be aware, whenever you are using olive oil as a cosmetic make sure it will be extra virgin, since it is not chemically processed.
- Cuticles and nails: If your cuticles are ragged and your nails brittle and dry, olive oil can help! Soak nails for 30 minutes in a small cup of warm olive oil. Reply once a week.
- Hands: Apply a couple of tablespoons of olive oil before bed. Your hands will be softer and smoother in the morning!
- Lips: To soothe and smoothen dry lips, put on a little olive oil.
- Hair treatment: Massage a few tablespoons of olive oil onto scalp and hair. Leave on for 20 minutes or more, then shampoo as usual. This will help your hair look shiny, silky, and healthy.
- Skin: Massage a small amount of olive oil onto your skin as a softening and moisturizing means. Apply extra oil to rough or cracked areas.
- Bath: Add several tablespoons of olive oil to your bath, along with a few drops of your favorite essential oil, to soothe and moisturize your skin.
- Face: Make a face mask with olive oil and a good quality of clay mud or avocado. Leave for 5-10 minutes, then rinse. For oily skins make a face mask with olive oil, cucumber juice and the white of one egg. Leave for 30 minutes, then rinse. Finally, you can use olive oil as an anti-wrinkle lotion by mixing it thoroughly with lemon juice in equal amounts. Apply to face and neck twice a week before going to bed.