What do Cleopatra, Helen of Troy and I ALL have in common?
We all recognize the healing and beautifying benefits of Olive Oil!
Ancient Romans and Greeks used Olive Oil as an essential ingredient in their beauty treatments for hundreds of years. It was the foundation for their perfumes, body oils, moisturizers and too many other products to list.
In ancient Rome and Greece, Olive Oil was viewed as a luxury item. So, it is no surprise that only powerful and rich women in society were able to pamper themselves with such an expensive treat. Thankfully for us, we don’t have to be rich to use olive oil as a regular staple in our beauty own routines.
In fact, you can find premium Olive Oils for only $20 right here in the Ruccello Olive Oil Marketplace and get more uses (AND benefits) out of it than pretty much any product you’d find at your local makeup counter.
Olive oil is PACKED with nutrients, including anti-aging properties! It also is hydrating and rejuvenating. Sounds good to me!
If you’ve followed me long enough, you already know that I have dabbled in using Olive Oil for beauty treatments before — like when I shared with you how I used it as a conditioner to achieve softer and shinier hair and when I used it to soothe a bad sunburn while on vacation.
Over the last month or so, I’ve been testing out incorporating Olive Oil into my other regular beauty treatments as a:
- Eye make up remover
- Facial serum before my night cream
- Cuticle oil – and hand cream before bed
Olive Oil for your Cuticles, Hands & Nails
If you’ve ever had a gel manicure, you probably already know that they can make your nails dry, weak and crack easily, until they grow out. To help heal my nails after a few months of back to back gel manicures, I slathered on some olive oil and after a few days, they are noticeably healthier looking.
I also use olive oil on my hands before bed every night and then I add my Ruccello Olive Oil hand and body crème on top – My hands love it.
I’m so happy that I discovered the beauty benefits of Olive Oil. Even my little granddaughter noticed telling me, “I love your soft cheeks, Grammy”.
If you are considering using Olive Oil in your own beauty treatments, remember that it’s important to use the right one. Be sure to choose an oil that is extra virgin and made from green olives – that is where all the phytonutrients come from.
Try the Rio Bravo Coratina Olive Oil. The Coratina olive has a very high polyphenol count, which is super nutritious and healthy! I keep a bottle with my beauty supplies.
**See the end of this blog for recipes for beauty treatments.**
Cheers to healthy, glowing skin!
Ciao for now,
Here are some recipes for beauty treatments I found in a book called “Teach Me All I Need to Know About Olive Oil in 30 minutes”
Olive Oil Bath:
Add 5 tablespoons to your bath water or
Lather your body with olive oil before entering the tub
Add olive oil to a cotton ball and use to remove your eye makeup
to remove face makeup, rub a thin layer on your face and remove with a warm washcloth.
Soak your nails in warm olive oil (not hot) for 15 minutes every three days.
Olive Oil Facial Mask:
1 egg yolk
1 TBS Olive Oil
1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Mix all together, apply to clean face and let sit for 10 minutes. Wash your face with warm water followed by a cool rinse.
Olive Oil Lip (and Body Scrub):
1 tsp of EVOO
some coarse sugar
pinch of lemon juice
Mix together and rub on lips – make more and use as a body scrub