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Open Your Refrigerator Door or Kitchen Cabinet to Naturally Enhance Your Beauty
Olive Oil is Not Just for Cooking
After giving birth to our third child, not only did I begin to experience issues with dry, flaky skin (especially on my face), but my dandruff became almost uncontrollable. To make matters worse, my husband and I were down to one income because I was out on maternity leave. Living on a budget made facial creams and poignant shampoos and conditioners become luxury items. Heightened self-consciousness decreased my self-esteem...until one day I turned on Dr. Oz and realized that I had facial creams and scalp moisturizers setting right in my kitchen.
Whether you want to make a face cream, an exfoliant, a moisturizer, or a dandruff remedy, as long as you have olive oil and a few other food products in your kitchen, you can keep your money in your pockets.
What Makes Olives so Healthy?
Olive oil is a heart-healthy oil that offers many benefits when consumed and when used topically. Here are some reasons why:
- Oleic Acid (monosaturated fat): a main ingredient often used to treat various skin disorders; intense moisturizer that creates smooth, supple, blemish-free skin
- Antioxidant qualities: Protects cells and promote cell growth, protects from sun-damage, speeds up skin's natural repair system
- High source of Vitamin E: an antioxidant naturally found in the skin; protects from damage, aids in cellular stability, and acts as an anti-inflammatory for skin
Carcinogens in Your Beauty Products
Read the labels on your favorite beauty products. These are all potential carcinogens:
- Dibutylphthalate (DBP, DEP & butyl ester)
- synthetic fragrance (ie. lavender, vanilla)
- synthetic coloring
Why Make It When I Can Buy It?
Beauty products containing olive oil are always excellent choices. But making your own olive oil based beauty product is an even better idea because products found in the stores have harmful additives and preservatives to increase shelf-life.
Have you ever taken the time to read the labels of your favorite beauty products? Are you aware of all the carcinogens and synthetic preservatives found in most beauty products, ingredients such as Dibutylphthalate (DBP, DEP, also butyl ester), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, IIsoparaben, Butylparab and synthetic fragrances and coloring which the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have classified as potentially cancerous?
Making the product at home ensures that no harmful preservatives will be placed upon your skin and it's more convenient because you already have most of the ingredients either in your refrigerator or kitchen cabinets. Furthermore, all of the homemade products you will find on this page generally takes 1-2 minutes to make and keeps in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
Homemade Face Cleanser
Certainly you have a box of baking soda in your cabinet. If not, you can purchase a box for usually less than 70¢ at the store.
- 1 cup of warm water
- 1 Tbsp of baking soda
Directions: Mix until baking soda fully dissolves. Lean over sink and rinse face with warm water. Apply cleanser to entire face (may tingle a little). Rinse cleanser off with warm water and gently pat-dry face with towel.
Olive Oil & Sugar Exfoliant Recipe
The average adult sheds about 50,000 cells a day, but the problem is that some cells don't fall off as they should, resulting in clogged pores and breakouts. It's a good idea to exfoliate your face at least twice a week. Exfoliation gently takes off the layer of dead skin on your face, resulting in more vibrant, healthy-looking skin. People with sensitive skin should be careful with exfoliation as it may cause irritation. Those who suffer from oily skin might need to exfoliate more because of the constant issue of oil and dead cell buildup in their pores.
- 1 Tbsp of sugar
- 2 tsp of olive oil
Directions:Mix two ingredients together in a small bowl or container. You can make more exfoliant by doubling the ingredients and store in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
After cleaning with face wash and rinsing with warm water, apply exfoliant with fingertips in slow circular motion, moving very gently around the delicate skin circling the eyes. Rinse with warm water.
Do not let the exfoliant dry on your face. May cause skin irritation. Remember, it's an exfoliant, not a face mask.
Easiest One-Ingredient Moisturizer Ever
Apply olive oil to a cotton ball and gently pat the saturated cotton ball on your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. Gently massage the oil into your skin.
Homemade Almond & Banana Face Masks
Pamper your skin even more with a nutrient-packed face mask. Pick the face mask that will benefit your skin the most. My personal favorite is the almond mask, which tightens your face, makes your skin glow, and visibly decreases pores.
All-Natural Face Masks
Intense moisturizer for dry skin
1 medium banana
mush banana into pulp, apply to face, let it set for 10-20 min
Glowing, well moisturized skin, soft and subtle to the touch
tightens, brightens, and lifts skin
1/2 c. of crushed almonds & 1-2 tsp milk
Add just enough milk to crushed almonds to make a paste. Paste will be very thick; apply to entire face (mask dries quickly and will feel results immediately)
After rinsing away almond mask, dry face & apply olive oil to skin; face will be lifted, tightened, and vibrant
Do Away with Dandruff!
Hey, is that snow on your shoulders or did you just scratch your hair?
Do you struggle with extreme dandruff like I did? One of the main causes of dandruff is a dry scalp. Overwashing the hair can dry out the scalp and putting too much grease on the scalp (for African-American hair) clogs the pores in the scalp. A simple solution to extreme dandruff is a two-ingredient recipe that if applied every other day for about 2 weeks, you will see decreased dandruff production in your hair.
- 1 cup of olive oil
- 2-3 pinches of dried rosemary
Directions: Heat olive oil and dried rosemary on the stovetop to high heat, then reduce heat and let the oil simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes. Take the oil off the stove and let it cool until it's warm to the touch (strain out the rosemary). Part hair and apply warm rosemary-infused olive oil to scalp. It's best to do this at night so that you can cover hair with a wrap and let the oil really soak in.
Overview of Olive Oil Beauty Products
If you're living on a budget or like to pinch pennies when you can, save your money and simply open your refrigerator or cabinets to take care of all your health and beauty needs. Even if money is not an issue, still consider creating your own beauty products to avoid harmful, even cancerous preservatives found in most facial cleaners, exfoliants, creams, and shampoos and conditioners.
- Facial cleaner: use baking soda and warm water
- Exfoliant: use sugar and olive oil
- Moisturizer: use olive oil
- Face Make: use bananas or almonds & milk
- Dandruff Control: use rosemary-infused olive oil
Take the quiz below to test your knowledge about all the great benefits, inside and out, of using extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) obtained from choice pressed olives.
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