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The qualities of olive oil have never been limited to the kitchen.
Traditionally, olive oil was used throughout the Mediterranean area for medical
and cosmetic purposes. Rafi Hadar, head consultant at Dr. Payot Cosmetics
Israel, says that olive oil is rich in vitamins A, E, D and K and that the
cosmetic industry utilizes it in many products.
Yearit Nahum, manager and
consultant of Pevonia Botanica Israel, says those vitamins are essential for the
proper functioning of the skin. “When you use a product that is based on olive
oil, the skin immediately becomes softer and healthier.”
In addition to
using products that contain olive oil, experts say one can easily prepare simple
beauty masks from olive oil at home.
Varda Shahaf of Lancaster Cosmetics
Israel, suggests mixing olive oil with salt for a quick and excellent homemade
body peeling mask. Shahaf offers a few more ideas: Use oil to make a foot
peeling mask: Mix 1⁄2 cup of pure olive oil with 2 Tbsp. coarse salt and
massage feet for 2 to 3 minutes and wash. For a hand peeling, mix 1⁄2 cup of
pure olive oil with 2 Tbsp. sugar, massage 1 to 2 minutes and wash. For the hair
and scalp, mix 3⁄4 cup of virgin olive oil with 1⁄2 cup of dry wine, 1 cup of
yogurt, rub into the scalp and leave for 10 minutes. Comb with a fine-tooth comb
and shampoo as usual. It is also great for treating dandruff.
offers his tips for homemade uses of the oil: “Simply rubbing the body with
olive oil once a week will give a natural healthy glow to your skin.” For the
face, he suggests massaging it with olive oil once or twice a week. He says that
rubbing olive oil on the feet and enveloping them in plastic wrap for an hour
will soften the skin and treat dryness. For dry hair, he says to rub it
with olive oil, moving from the scalp outward. But, he warns, “Do not use
it if you dye your hair blonde, as it may result in changing the color to
Judith Blawatt of La Prairie Cosmetics
Israel offers a few more
tips for homemade facials using olive oil: Make a mask by using a few drops of
olive oil and lemon. Massage the face and leave it for a few minutes. Wash off
with water. For a gentle peeling, mix oil with sugar and rub gently for a few
But do not use it if you suffer from acne or have sensitive
And remember: This year’s olive oil-producing season is at its end,
and the freshest virgin oil is available now. Enjoy it.