You might’ve seen a couple of these tips over at GingerMandy.com. Well, here’s the rest.
Olive Oil is a wonder product, much like Vitamin E and Grapeseed oil. But because of it’s consistency and its texture for uses in cooking, it can be used much more liberally than either Vitamin E or Grapeseed Oils can, and in larger quantity. Also, Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the purest form of Olive Oil, created without the aid of any chemicals, and therefore is one of the best things we can use on our face. It is chemical free, and loaded with all kinds of anti-oxidants, which are essential in repairing and protecting the skin from damaging free radicals.
Regularly applying OO to your skin helps maintain the elasticity of the cells, and helps slow the aging process.
Here are just some of the many ways you can use Extra Virgin Olive Oil (hereafter referred to as EVOO) in your daily beauty routines:
Oil-based makeup removers are best for removing makeup, especially because it is necessary to use like consistencies to cancel each other out. Most powders have fatty cells in them that help them adhere to your face. Likewise, things like liquid foundation, cream or gel blush and lipstick, which are generally oil or creamy based will remove most easily with an oil formula. Why bother topically administering chemicals to your face, which can absorb into your skin cells, blood stream and organs over time, when you have something completely natural and organic to use instead? EVOO can even remove stubborn waterproof mascara.
The added benefit of using EVOO as a m/u remover is that it absorbs into your skin, moisturizing it. Over time, it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and scars, and makes skin more supple. Especially for those with dry skin. Replacing the moisture in your skin is actually the most natural solution for aging.
Take a few drops of EVOO into your hand, rub between fingertips and apply to dry, clean cuticles and rub in. This conditions the rough cuticles and smooths them out.
Dry skin moisturizer
Put EVOO onto your dry, clean feet at night, put on a pair of cotton socks, and over the course of the night your damaged, dry skin is repaired. A full course moisturizing over a week will help ensure supple, non-dragon-y feet.
All over body moisturizer
Use in place of lotion. Let it absorb. Why is it better than lotion? Lotion, for the most part, just sits on top of the skin and will only moisten the top layer. EVOO absorbs into the skin and penetrates layers. It’s a better moisturizer and barrier to the elements for your skin over the long run.
Put a few drops into your hand, rub your hand together, and lightly run your hands through your hair, distributing it evenly. Comb your hair into place, and use the excess on your hands to tame frizzies.
Deep conditioning hair mask
Put a quarter size amount in your hand, rub your hands together, and apply to dampened hair. Brush through to distribute evenly, and then tie hair up in a bun under a shower cap or towel. Let the natural heat from your head penetrate the oil infused hair for 30 minutes. Remove after 30 minutes, rinse with warm water and very, very mild shampoo. Let air dry. Your hair should be deeply conditioned and shiny.
Much like EVOO can condition hair, it can also condition your eyelashes. Conditioning your lashes regularly can actually help them stay healthy and thicker, in that weakened lashes get brittle and fall out easily during lash curling, during sleep, rubbing your eyes, etc. Stronger, conditioned lashes have a healthier, more stable hair shaft, and are less likely to fall out. Which makes your eye lashes thicker, because hair is falling out with less frequency. Some girls swear that it makes them longer, but I haven’t seen it yet.
Run a cotton swab (use the Q-Tip brand, not the cheap imitation kind which have fuzzy cotton, instead of tightly wound cotton on the swab) moistened with EVOO along a clean, make-up free lashline after cleansing and moisturizing your face at night. You should begin to see better lashes after about 8 weeks. (Or you can buy an organic lash conditioner and lash lengthening serum like dúlash which contains a small amount of EVOO.)
Makeup Brush cleaner
Like a makeup remover, you can use it to clean and condition your makeup brushes. Just mix it with a bit of cheap clarifying natural shampoo in the palm of your hand, dip your pre-moistened brush in your hand, and swish the brush lightly against the surface of your palm for about 20-30 seconds. Then rinse in warm water until the water runs clear, and place on a towel over the edge of a table to dry. The oil will remove all make up, and will also condition the hair of the brushes, which makes make up tools last longer!
Facial or body scrub
Mix a small amount of olive oil with finely ground sugar to use as a body exfoliant. You can use a mortar and pestle to further grind dry sugar into a powder, mix with olive oil into a fine paste and apply to clean face as a facial exfoliator. Cleanse and rinse with warm water.
Mix a small amount of EVOO with a half teaspoon of Petroleum Jelly and fine ground sugar as a lip scrub.
There are many other ways to use EVOO, but these are some of the things I’ve tried over the years, and I still think EVOO is better than all the magical doodads and glitzy brand name products that do the same thing. Also, it’s wondrously cheaper. You can get a huge a** bottle at any grocery store for under $10, and if used solely for beauty routines, could last years.
Now that’s green.
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