05 Apr

olive oil: no longer confined to the kitchen

By Elyse Weidner,

One product that can soften your cuticles, condition your hair, moisturize your body, diminish sun damage to your skin and serve as a shaving product is sitting in your kitchen.

Extra virgin olive oil, rich in vitamins and antioxidants, helps soften skin without leaving behind clogged pores, extra grease or an overwhelming scent, says Alex Fiori, owner of Salon Di Marco & Day Spa, 733 Massachusetts St.

Fiori, a native of Italy, where people have been lathering up with olive oil for hundreds of years, says when it comes to at-home beauty remedies, our grandmothers were ahead of their time. Vitamin-rich olive oil has also proven to be a successful treatment for inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, she says.

By simply carrying that bottle of olive oil from the kitchen to the bathroom, you can cut down on the money spent purchasing multiple bath and beauty products. Instead of using shaving creams, gels or soaps, spread olive oil on your skin before shaving to prevent over drying or irritation of the skin as a result of the razor’s exfoliating action. Also, after massaging a few tablespoons of olive oil into your hair, Fiori says to let it sit for up to an hour before shampooing to help repair split ends and eliminate dandruff by softening the scalp.

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