Ancient Greeks used olive oil in its most pure form for softer, shinier hair and to fight the early signs of ageing, as olive oil contains four major antioxidants including Vitamin A and E, which allow it to work as a natural protector, moisturiser and cleanser.
In fact, olive oil was widely used as a skin and beauty care product by the ancient Greeks, with Homer referring to it as “Liquid Gold”.
Olive oil soap cleanses the skin without depriving it of its natural oils, so it won’t leave skin dry. Its natural texture also allows the pores to sweat, while also protecting the cells of the skin at the same time.
Olive oil’s rich antioxidant properties are renowned for nourishing, cleansing, moisturising and protecting skin against environmental and free radical damage. Applied to the skin, olive oil provides vitamins and fatty acids which leave people’s skin soft, supple and protected.
More specifically, Greek soap made from olive oil is rich in vitamin E, beta carotene and Vitamin A. Being an antioxidant it is also great for new cell generation and can help to promote younger-looking skin by improving the elasticity of the skin. Pure Greek olive oil soap is generally recommended for people with all kinds of skin conditions as it is less likely to cause skin reactions, with many dermatologists and skin specialists suggesting it is the best soap in the world for all skin types.
People with dry skin might also benefit from this soap as it helps to exfoliate dead cells. Those with eczema and psoriasis have found that using Greek olive oil soap can greatly improve their condition.
In addition, olive oil has an anti-inflammatory action that strengthens the immune system, protects the skin from diseases and the body from heart and digestive system issues.
There are many olive oil soaps available on the market, but Greek olive oil soaps are the best as they are the most natural. Many of them are handmade using traditional methods and most of them are green, as the original ancient soap used to be, and not bleached white or other colours like many other brands.
Many people also use Greek olive oil soap to wash their hair, as most shampoos on the market contain lots of chemicals and this soap not only strengthens hair, it is also said to promote hair growth.
The value of olive oil soap does not end with beauty and hair, as it’s also beneficial for the cleanliness of your home. It is ideal for bathing a baby and for washing baby clothes because of its completely natural texture.
It can also be dissolved in water and used for mopping and combined with a little bit of vinegar it is perfect to clean your bath and kitchen.