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15 Ways to Use Olive Oil in Your Beauty Routine
Olive oil in the kitchen has long become the norm. Everyone knows it’s a must have staple of cooking. But did you know it’s a must have staple for your beauty regimen too?
If you are interested in a natural, organic, all-encompassing skin and hair product, then look no further than your nearest bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO).
Why EVOO? It’s all in how it’s named. Virgin means that it’s a first press, and no chemicals were used extracting the oil. No chemicals mean more antioxidants, which is healthier for your skin.
Here are fifteen reasons why you should buy an extra bottle of EVOO next time you’re at the grocery store (because you’re going to want to keep a bottle in the bathroom too).
1. As a makeup remover. Olive oil works great for removing stubborn makeup – even mascara. Put some olive oil on a cotton ball and rub over skin or eyes. You don’t have to wash off afterward, but if you find there’s too much oil either rub into your skin, or remove with a clean, dry cloth.
2. As a face wash. Olive oil makes a wonderful face wash. Rub a small amount into your skin, then take a warm, damp washcloth and place it over your face for a minute or two.Then, lightly rub your skin with the wash cloth to remove any excess oil (a little is okay).
3. To exfoliate your skin. Mix some olive oil with a little sea salt, or sugar, depending on your preference. Then, rub over your skin to exfoliate. Rinse clean.
4. As a moisturizer. If you need a little extra moisture after washing your face with olive oil, you can always put it as a moisturizer as well. Massage a small amount all over your face. Tip: If after a minute or two your face is oilier than you’d like, just remove the excess with a clean, dry towel or cloth.
5. Shaving. Olive oil makes a great shaving cream replacement. Just apply a small amount and then shave. Just remember to make sure the blades are gunk free before putting the razor up to dry.
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6. To moisturize a dry scalp. Massage a few drops into your scalp. Good to do before bed, or in the shower after shampooing.
7. As a deep conditioner. Shampoo hair as usual. Then, apply olive oil. Wrap hair in warm towel for 10 minutes. Rinse out, then condition as normal.
8. As cuticle oil. Massage olive oil into your cuticles anytime they need moisturizing.
9. During a manicure. Clean and file nails, wash, then apply a little olive oil. Let dry before painting your nails. Once your nail polish is dry, massage a small amount of olive oil on each nail to make them shine.
10. To remove nail polish from skin. After you paint your nails, you may find some of the nail polish got on your skin. Just wait until your nails are completely dry. Then, soak your hand in a bowl of warm water. Include a capful of olive oil to the water to make the polish come off the skin easier. It will also leave your hands feeling soft and smooth afterward.
11. As a shampoo additive. Does your shampoo dry your hair out? Combat this by adding a drop or two of olive oil into your hand with your shampoo, mix together, then lather as normal.
12. Use as an anti-frizz. Don’t use expensive products to keep your frizzy hair at bay. Just rub a very small amount between your hands, then smooth over hair.
13. As a bath oil. Put a capful of olive oil into your bath to leave your skin silky smooth.
14. As a lip balm. For really dry lips, put a thin layer of olive oil on your lips before going to bed. They’ll be nice and smooth in the morning.
15. To soothe dry, cracked feet. Before bed, rub your feet with olive oil, then put socks on and go to bed. Repeat often for smoother feet.