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15 Ways to Use Olive Oil in Your Beauty Routine

Updated on January 16, 2013

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.

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      wrinklestudent 5 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      I had no idea how amazing olive oil could be. It's so cheap too.

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      JulieStrier 5 years ago from Apopka, FL

      I'm in love with olive oil! I first read about it on instructibles.com, for using it as a face wash. I started washing my face with it in December, 2010 and haven't used anything else since. It leaves my skin nice and soft, and has actually reduced my breakouts. It seems weird to clean with oil, but it works. Oil is actually way better for your skin than soap, because it doesn't wreck your skin's ph levels. And, using olive oil has saved me a TON of money, since I no longer buy face wash or a moisturizer.

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      wwolfs 5 years ago

      Olive oil seems to have many uses and I'm looking forward to trying some of them. I love having my food cooked with it, too. Thanks for sharing!

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      Bonny OBrien 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      Wow Idid not realize you could use it so many ways. Thanks for some really good ideas. Voted up!

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      heather 4 years ago

      i tried the olive oil to remove nail polish from skin, did not work. but my hands are really smooth!

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      Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Julie, what a nice hub on the value of olive oil. I especially like how it can be coupled with sea salt to exfoliate your skin. I like all the simple ideas which I wonder how many people never would have thought about. Thank you.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Wow! These are loads of information. I am using olive oil for many years now and I´m contented about it. It´s indeed a healthy way of treating the skin and the hair besides being cheaper than bought products. Thanks for sharing;-)

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      JulieStrier 4 years ago from Apopka, FL

      No problem. It's easy to share when it's something you believe in. :)

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      Robyn Evans 4 years ago

      This is really helpful. I'll try some of these and thanks for the great hub. Voted up!

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      ammu 4 years ago

      its amazing bcoz last 2 years I uses this oil to skin regularly,really it makes my so soft and improve my colour also

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      Robyn Evans 4 years ago

      Hello! I am writing a hub about the uses of grapeseed oil and I mention olive oil. May I link to your hub please?

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      JulieStrier 4 years ago from Apopka, FL

      Birthwrite, thanks for asking, feel free to link to my hub if you'd like. :) Thanks!

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      Robyn Evans 4 years ago

      Thanks! Yes, I love your hubs. You have great info and I like your style.

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      JulieStrier 4 years ago from Apopka, FL

      Thanks! :) When you post your related hub, let me know. I'd love to check it out. :)

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      Robyn Evans 4 years ago

      I have it posted. It's called The Wonders of Grapeseed Oil. Thanks! Please keep writing! :-)

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      Robyn Evans 4 years ago

      It's still pending, so I am not sure if you can see it yet. I just put it up today.

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      Laraib 12 months ago

      i have rough skin after severe acne treatment now i want to recover and glow my skin tone and color can oliveoil beneficial should i use it ?

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      JulieStrier 12 months ago from Apopka, FL

      Hi Laraib,

      It may work, but everyone's skin is different. I would say give it a chance and see if it helps you. It's just olive oil and is quite gentle. You could also look at other types of oil, for example Apricot Oil is good for fine lines and wrinkles. If you have a health food store near you, they often carry other types of oil with an explanation of what it helps with. But if it were me, I'd try olive oil and see how my skin adjusts. Hope this helps. Good luck!

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