Packed with powerful polyphenols that act as antioxidants against free radical damage, essential fatty acids that nourish the skin, and enriching vitamins A and E, olive oil is truly one of nature’s best healing and radiance-inspiring gifts to mankind. If you’ve never tried using olive oil for purposes beyond your kitchen needs, then you’re missing out big time on a natural cosmetic agent that’s been a mainstay in the beauty kit of the youthful and glowing for centuries. It’s time for you to take this golden fluid out of the kitchen cupboard and make the most of the health and beauty benefits it can give you.
1. Skin moisturizer
For smoother, suppler skin that retains a dewy glow after you shower, use olive oil as a body moisturizer. Add a few drops of extra virgin olive oil into your tub filled with warm bath water, and soak in for a relaxing 20-30 minutes. You will step out of the bath with soft, glowing skin that’s deeply moisturized and ready to weather the day’s harsh elements protected. Alternatively, you may simply slather on some olive oil on your skin after bathing, while your skin is still damp. This is a natural, hypoallergenic way to lock in moisture and give you a radiant glow.
Is dry and scaly skin a problem for you? Mix up olive oil and sea salt to make an exfoliating scrub that can effectively slough off dead skin while nourishing your newly revealed skin layer beneath. As an alternative to sea salt, you may also use organic white sugar for this purpose. Simply combine sugar with olive oil, along with a few drops of your favorite essential oil if you want a little aromatherapy. Gently scrub this natural exfoliating mixture onto your body, concentrating on dry and rough areas to lift off dead skin and reveal a healthy radiance.
3. Shaving cream alternative
Better protect sensitive skin from the scraping and friction it experiences during shaving by replacing your shaving cream with olive oil. Put olive oil in a spray bottle and spritz it on your skin before shaving for a stubble-free, close shave that’ll leave your skin with an extra silky and smooth finish.
4. Massage oil
Olive oil works great as a massage oil that facilitates smoother massaging motions across your skin while nourishing your skin layers at the same time. The glow you get as a benefit of enhanced skin circulation after the massage will be further boosted by the radiance olive oil will grant your skin.
5. Soothing oil
Whether it’s an itchy rash or a red sunburn, you can use olive oil to calm irritated skin. Drop a few tablespoons of olive oil to a tub of water and use for bathing to soothe rashes and sunburned skin.
6. Hand and feet softener
If you have unsightly hand wrinkles or dry and cracked feet, you can trust olive oil to bring back their soft and supple youthfulness. Before going to bed, apply a liberal amount of olive oil onto your hands and feet, put on cotton gloves and socks, and sleep the night away while the olive oil does its job. You will wake up with soft hands and feet that have been naturally nourished during the night.
7. Nail and cuticle care
Massage a few drops of extra virgin olive oil on your cuticle area to moisturize them and keep them healthy. Olive oil is also a nail strengthener, so you can mix it with water and soak your fingertips in the solution to remedy thin, brittle nails. This regimen will not only repair and protect your nails and cuticles, it will also allow your nail polish to last longer.
8. Makeup remover
The skin around your eyes is very thin and delicate, so you’ll need a gentle yet effective eye makeup remover to make sure you don’t irritate it. Olive oil has great cleansing properties that make it ideal for removing eye makeup, while also hydrating and smoothing out your facial skin. Use a cotton pad soaked with a drop or two of olive oil to remove your makeup at the end of the day.
9. Lip moisturizer
To make a lip moisturizer, combine melted beeswax with olive oil in equal parts. Add in a few drops of an essential oil for added fragrance. Use a finger to dab it on your lips to relieve dryness and chapping.
10. Hair conditioner and dandruff controller
Olive oil can work as a deep conditioner to prevent frizzy hair, as well as a scalp treatment to control dandruff. To use olive oil for hair care, prepare a mixture of olive oil and water in equal portions. After shampooing, massage this mixture on your hair and leave on for about 5 minutes. Finally, cleanse your hair using a gentle shampoo, and rinse off. Your hair will become stronger and shinier and your scalp well-nourished and healthy.
Surprised to find out what olive oil can bring to the table? I sure was when I first heard about it. Do you have any other uses for it?