7 Great Beauty Uses Of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
A majority of people think of Olive Oil as healthy to eat or cook with, mainly because of its:
- High Concentration of monounsaturated fats
- Anti-inflammatory agents
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Rich in Vitamins makes it a natural beauty remedy as well
In addition, Extra Virgin Olive Oil can be used as an inexpensive beauty ingredient in these variety of ways:
Smearing Olive Oil feels more concentrated than a lotion and it doesn’t absorb as fast but if you have a little extra time, Extra Virgin Olive Oil penetrates deeply to regenerate cells and soften the tissue. In addition, Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains the same healthy fats as avocado, which can plump lips and moisturize the skin with its combination of vitamin E and vitamin A.
Apply daily to areas that are known to be dry, such as feet and elbows, especially after showering. Furthermore, Extra Virgin Olive Oil helps to lessen the appearance of acne scars. If you’re a fragrance junkie, you can easily add scent with a few drops of essential Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Olive Oil is an inexpensive, efficient and effective lubricant to help shave facial and other body hair. The shave is a little more sticky and there’s less glide but cleanup is easy and additionally, Extra Virgin Olive Oil leaves the skin soft and dewy. Rub in an extra teaspoon after washing. Trust us, you won’t regret it!
Apply olive oil to skin then scrub with sugar or coarse salt, and rinse. Or, mix one part Extra Virgin Olive Oil, one part sea salt, and a couple drops of essential oil (lavender highly suggest). Mix to create an old world paste which:
- Smells good
- Feels good
- And costs pennies per application
Ear Wax Softener
You can also use Olive Oil alone or with water irrigation to remove wax from your ears. The AAFP advises three drops of Olive Oil in the affected ear each day for three to four days. Additionally, that recommend that you place room-temperature drops of Olive Oil in the ears with an eye dropper in the evening right before going to bed; lying in bed on your side allows the oil to penetrate the wax more deeply.
Hair & Scalp Masque
If the change of season is causing dry hair or scalp, you can always help by transferring some Extra Virgin Olive Oilsinto a plastic bottle and place it in a bowl of hot water. Massage a good amount of heated oil into scalp and hair and wrap hair in a heated towel or sit under a dryer for 10-15 minutes. Rinse hair thoroughly with a mild shampoo.
Rub a bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil into the cuticles to moisturize and prevent snags, or mix oil with water to soak hands before a Do It Yourself mani.
A few drops of Extra Virgin Olive Oil on a cotton ball or pad go a long way to remove makeup and impurities. Wipe face in a circular motion. Take extra precaution around the eye: place the cotton pad against your closed eye for 10 seconds and gently wipe.
With these easy 7 DIY treatments, you know exactly what ingredients you’re putting on your skin not to mention the potential cost savings of forgoing more expensive lotions, gels, scrubs, and masques! Enjoy using olive oil in a whole new way.
- Alexis Barros