Olive oil is as ancient as civilization itself. It can be used as an astringent, as a hair tonic, and for so many other health and beauty matters. It is a primary ingredient in my beauty creams for its restorative properties. From the Global Healing Center:

 Homer once described olive oil as ‘liquid gold,’ a term that still  resonates with many. Fortunately, we do not have to fight wars over  olive oil anymore as it is abundantly produced in many parts of the  world and readily available. We all know that olive oil  is one of the healthiest vegetable oils, along with coconut oil. Not  only can you consume this nutritious food and receive numerous benefits,  you can also use it to boost the nutrient value of your beauty  products.  

 Adding olive oil to your beauty routine may provide immense benefits  to your skin, hair, and nails. Here are some of the olive oil skin  benefits you may find surprising. 

1. Antioxidant Protection

Olive oil contains three major antioxidants: vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols. Antioxidants,  when topically applied, may help protect the skin from premature skin  aging. Vitamin E partly accounts for the anti-aging benefits of olive  oil because it helps restore skin smoothness and protects against  ultraviolet light. [1] Hydroxytyrosol, a rather rare compound found in olive oil, also prevents free radical damage to the skin. [2]   

2. Doesn’t Clog Pores

Unlike commercial moisturizers that can clog pores and exacerbate  current skin conditions, olive oil penetrates deeply into the skin while  providing a cleansing effect. Try using organic olive oil at night as a  substitute for your regular moisturizer. Apply a teaspoon of the oil to  the face and neck. Gently pat the skin with a paper towel to wipe away  any excess oil. 

3. Enhances Exfoliation

Another one of olive oil’s benefits for skin is its usefulness in  exfoliating applications. A common exfoliating method using olive oil is  to mix 1 tablespoon of the oil with natural sea salt, rubbing this  mixture over the skin. The mild abrasive qualities of the sea salt,  combined with the deep, penetrating action of the oil, will remove dead  skin cells and leave the epidermis looking renewed and glowing. 

4. General Beauty Booster

Olive oil is also used for nail and cuticle care, and many women use  it as an eye makeup remover. Further applications include using it as an  ingredient in homemade facial masks. One other interesting application  for both men and women is the substitution of olive oil for shaving  cream. Many men have abandoned shaving cream once they discovered how  close a shave they can get with olive oil. Men and women alike have also  found its refreshing qualities make it an excellent aftershave.  (Read more.)