Olive oil beauty secrets

Mediterraneans are know for the olive oil rich diet, but olive oil can also be a great beauty ingredient. My family presses our own olive oil from olive we collect from my parents farm. My mother being a real advocate for natural beauty, and using everything on the farm to cook with, has in recent years also being using natural ingredients to make beauty products at home.

Whether it's spring or autumn where you are, you should always look after your skin, as it's a long-term investment. What you put into your body, as well as onto it will only show years later. So without further delay, I'm sharing two of my favourite DIY beauty therapies, which you can do at home on the weekend, while listening to your favourite radio show (mine is EnLefko.fm - an electric radio station based in Athens).

  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Combine all ingredients and mix well
  • Apply to body and massage into skin
  • Rinse
  • BONUS: This scrub also works great on dry or rough skin on the rest of your body. Apply it to your heels and feet for an at-home pedi treatment! You can choose the coarseness of the grains by selecting a larger-grain sugar, or a soft brown sugar.
(Any remaining scrub mixture can be stored for up to 30 days)
Olive oil can create a big difference in moisture after just a few uses, and promotes a healthy scalp and hair roots. It also helps smooth and coat dry and damaged hair shafts. 
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
Mix together ½ cup of honey and ¼ cup of olive oil, warming the mixture slightly if you need to. Apply to dry hair starting from the tips, working your way up to your roots. Wrap a plastic bag around your hair (not head!!) and then a towel over that. The heat created helps the hair follicles open up and absorb all the goodness of the ingredients. Leave for 1/2 hour - 45 minutes. To rinse, first apply shampoo all over the hair and then slowly lather it with luke warm water. If you wet it first, it will be more difficult to remove the shampoo as oil and water don't mix.


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