Many celebrities have found olive oil to be a go-to product for many different purposes, from cooking with it to using it on their skin or hair. Like its sister product, virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil is a plant-based oil chock full of vitamins and antioxidants. Its health benefits include lowering cholesterol, which can help prevent heart attacks, and moisturizing the entire body, including hair.
Cooking With Olive Oil
Celebrity chefs from Rachael Ray to Jamie Oliver tout the many benefits of cooking with "EVOO" (as Ray calls it). Olive oil is mostly mono-unsaturated fat, which helps to lower "bad" cholesterol levels and can help to prevent heart disease. Ray even puts EVOO in her line of dog food products. Dr. Mehmet Oz agrees, calling quality olive oil "an anti-aging wonder food with head-to-toe benefits" that everyone should use every day.
Extra virgin olive oil is best used on cold foods as it does not withstand high heat well, but lower grades of olive oil from pure to light will work well when heated. Olive oil is a staple of the Mediterranean diet that many health care professionals credit with long life and good health along with low rates of heart disease.
Using Olive Oil as a Beauty Product
Sophia Loren is a perfect example of the benefits of olive oil for beauty. The 79 year old uses olive oil as a facial moisturizer in addition to using it in her cooking, and she looks nowhere near her age. Loren even reports that she takes an occasional bath in olive oil just to keep her skin soft all over. Australian model Miranda Kerr uses olive oil mixed with lemon juice to keep her hair shiny and soft and to heal split ends.
Gwyneth Paltrow has a multi-step beauty regimen that includes facial peels and frequent exfoliating, but when her custom products aren't available, she uses organic olive oil to keep her skin moisturized and youthful-looking. Emma Stone uses it as a moisturizer. She is allergic to many of the ingredients in commercial beauty products, so she uses olive oil instead.
Other Uses of Olive Oil
Singer, Selena Gomez, says that she uses olive oil to keep her vocal cords in tip-top shape before a concert. She learned the practice from American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson. Although she doesn't enjoy drinking olive oil, she says it works, and that's what's important. Sting lives on an olive farm and considers picking and using the olives as "therapeutic."
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