Nature’s ancient beauty secrets in modern cosmetics
Any gift from the Greek goddess of wisdom has got serious cred. Ancient Greeks believed olive oil was sacred, and they lavished it on their food and bodies. Ancient cultures have been mining the effect of this “liquid gold” for the past 4,000 years, and modern day physicians know olive oil reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer.
As a beauty staple, olive oil fights common woes, from aging skin to ragged cuticles. Olive oil contains three major antioxidants, including vitamin E, to keep skin smooth and soft. On holidays, slather it on airplane-parched skin and hair or use it to soothe a searing sunburn.
The Queen of Fruits
Oenophiles (wine lovers) won’t need much convincing, but beautyholics might be surprised to learn of the benefits of grapes. Greek philosophers and European folk healers touted grapes’ ability to cure skin and eye diseases, and throughout history this fruit has been used to combat liver and kidney ailments, and to counter bleeding, pain and inflammation.
Nibble on a cluster to keep skin healthy: grapes help reduce free radical damage because they are high in nutrients, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Apply grapeseed oil topically to offset acne and wrinkles, or pour a glass of grape juice; it’s high in Vitamin A, B, C and alpha-hydroxy acid.
Symbol of health and eternal life
Exotic and beautiful, the pomegranate has been revered as a symbol of health, fertility and eternal life. A native of Persia, pomegranates have long been valued for their beautifying properties, which modern science has proven. Pomegranate is a superfood rich in fatty acids, vitamins K and C, potassium, copper, zinc and iron. It kicks red wine, green tea, blueberries, and cranberries to the curb when it comes to antioxidants. The fruit is effective at preventing heart disease, cancer, and premature aging of the skin. Moisturizing pomegranate seed oil absorbs easily and speeds cellular turnover, for a fresher complexion.
Pomegranate Facial Nourishing Oil by John Masters Organics, 30ml, $47
Contains organic plant and essential oils, including pomegranate seed oil, for facial massage to nourish and hydrate skin.
At Green&Pure store, (604) 273-8988