Looks Good Enough to Eat - Olive oil for your hair and skin

Monday, 20 January 2014 - 2:47pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Raiding your kitchen may be better for your beauty regime than hitting the parlour. Swetha Padmanabhan explores how olive oil can replace some of your store-bought products in this online exclusive.

Olive oil, a staple of the Mediterranean diet, is said to be a healthy addition to your food intake. Dripping with oleic acid and antioxidants, it also provides extensive beauty benefits.

Let Your Hair Down
Warm up olive oil and apply it to your hair; cover it with a shower cap and leave it on for around thirty minutes before washing your hair. The oil leaves your mane soft and shiny. The nourishment from the oil helps combat dry hair problems like frizz and split ends by locking in the moisture.

Spraying very little olive oil in your hair before combing is said to help remove tangles. This may in turn reduce hair breakage that occurs when combing or brushing your hair.

Skin Deep
For those with dry skin, olive oil is an extremely helpful moisturiser. It is also said to help relieve stretch marks and helps soothe sunburns. Since it is known to be gentle on your skin and is not an irritant to your eyes, you can replace your make-up removers and cleansers with olive oil.
Warm olive oil also makes a relaxing massage oil.

Keep some olive oil in your bathroom. Showering with it or adding a few table spoons into your bath water helps turn the skin supple.
Do razor burns plague your skin? Try substituting your shaving cream with olive oil for a much more soothing shave.

Olive oil is a blessing to your hands and feet. Applying and leaving this oil on your feet overnight should help fight cracked heels. It can also be used to moisturise your cuticles, leaving your nails shiny.

Dry and cracked lips, a common phenomenon especially in the winter months, can be remedied by applying some olive oil on your lips. It will ease the dryness.

So what are you waiting for? Extend an olive branch to your hair and skin.

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