You probably know Olea Europaea better than most skincare ingredients. It’s natural, hydrating and great not only for your skin but also your hair. And it’s so common it may be even sitting out on your kitchen counter right now.
Give up? It’s actually Olive Oil — Olea Europaea actually translates to “oil of Europe.” With record of Olive Oil being produced since as far back as 4500 B.C., this ingredient has been prominent in countries throughout the Mediterranean and the Middle East. It was used in oil lamps, religious rituals and even in soap making. This oil has provided numerous health benefits for the people of these regions for centuries, whether through consuming it through a healthy diet to topically treating dry, chapped skin.
Today, it has become one of the most desirable oils to cook with and include in your diet due to its numerous health benefits, such as Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamins A and E, and its other antioxidants, ranging from Flavanoids to Hydroxtryosol. Together, they combat cellular degeneration, prevent free radical damage and moisturize your skin for the ultimate in skin care.
Olea Europaea actually refers to all parts of the olive tree — the fruit, the leaf and the tree itself. The fruit and leaf both have similar benefits for your skin. When the fruit is pressed, though, this is when the oil is extracted and able to give you the olive’s benefits. Virgin Olive Oil is mechanically pressed without any chemicals involved, but that is good mainly for taste. Other kinds of olive oil still have the same health benefits but without the strong flavor. Hence, when it comes to your skincare, Olea Europaea is great in almost any form.
Still not convinced? Here are five different ways to get Olea Europaea into your beauty routine:
-Got uncontrollably frizzy or dry hair? An olive oil hair treatment may be the way to go. Take 1/4 cup of olive oil and heat in the microwave for one minute. Apply directly to your hair and cover with a warm towel or shower cap. Leave on for at least 10 minutes then shampoo it off. Your hair will be feeling more luxurious over the next several weeks.
-Create an olive oil body scrub. Simply pair two tablespoons of olive oil with two tablespoons white sugar. Mix until it forms a coarse paste and apply directly to rough skin. The sugar will help slough off dead skin while the olive oil will leave your skin more moisturized.
-If you hands are extremely dry and chapped, use Olea Europaea as a night treatment for them. Apply olive oil directly to your hands and then put on gloves before you go to bed. When you wake up, simply wash your hands to remove any extra residue from the oil.
-If you have stretch marks on your body due to sudden weight gain or pregnancy, Olive Oil could be a great answer for them, as olive oil not only heals but also can lighten scars. Simply warm it up in the microwave for about a minute and apply it directly to the stretch mark on a daily basis
-Seek out skincare products that contain Olea Europaea, whether it’s the olive leaf, fruit or oil. These products tend to have a more natural base, which can make them easier on your skin, and most likely pair up with other natural ingredients in order to give you skin the care it needs.
How do you like to use Olea Europaea? Do you use any skin care products with this potent ingredient? Do you want to see more products with it? Let us know in the comments below!