Could your skin benefit from an ancient Mediterranean beauty secret? The people from this breathtaking region of the world are known for their gorgeous complexions and beautiful hair. Is your face dull and dry? Would you like healthy, radiant skin? Wouldn’t it be great to have shiny hair and strong nails? You can have all this when you take advantage of this natural beauty secret. And you won’t need to travel to a far away land to reap the rewards. It could actually be as close as your kitchen cupboard.
So what is this special secret?
Olive oil! Yes, that’s right. This nutritious oil is not just for cooking. Read on to discover what this gift from nature can do for you.
Old Time Wisdom
The use of olive oil for the care of the skin goes back centuries. In fact, the exceptional value of this natural gem was first discovered over 5000 years ago… and it quickly became an essential component of skin care.
The Egyptians (imagine the legendary Cleopatra), Greeks, Phoenicians, and Romans all took full advantage of the prized oil. Today, we observe the beautiful skin of Mediterranean women. Many claim their secret is the oil of this tiny fruit.
The use of this simple, natural “beauty secret” will…
* Promote a smooth, radiant complexion
* Help maintain skin elasticity
* Heal dry, brittle nails and soften cuticles
* Condition and add shine to hair
Skin Care… Straight From the Bottle!
When used by itself, the oil has a strong, distinct odor. If you can live with the scent, however, you can create simple, mini-beauty treatments such as these:
Bathing: For a moisturizing soak, add 1/4 cup of the oil and several drops of essential oil to your bathwater. Lavender essential oil is a good choice when you want to relax. (Be careful – the tub will be slippery!)
Dry Skin Care: Gently massage a small amount of the oil on extra dry areas such as elbows, knees, and heels.
Hand Care: Whip up a quick sugar scrub for rough, dry hands. Combine 2 tablespoons oil with 2 tablespoons sugar. Rub on hands thoroughly – until sugar begins to dissolve. Rinse with warm water. Voila! Silky-smooth hands.
Foot Care: Apply a liberal amount of oil to feet at bedtime. Cover with cotton socks. Not sexy… but oh-so-soft feet in the morning! The magic works for hands, too. Apply generously to hands and protect with white cotton gloves overnight (hmm… even less sexy).
Facial Treatment: Create a moisturizing facial mask with one tablespoon oil, one tablespoon honey, and one egg yolk. Beat until well blended and apply to face… then relax! Leave on face for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Nail Care: Warm a small dish of the oil (not too hot) with one tablespoon of lemon juice. Soak nails for 5- 10 minutes. This softens cuticles while it strengthens nails.
Hair Treatment: Create an effective treatment for dry hair by massaging several tablespoons of warm oil (again, not hot) into the scalp and hair. Cover with a shower cap or small plastic bag. Let this work its magic for 20-30 minutes. Shampoo as usual.
Dry, Chapped Lips: Alleviate chapped lips by applying a bit of pure oil… right from the bottle. This works especially well when used at bedtime.