When I do grocery shopping, I also do my beauty shopping at the same time, because plenty of natural products from a supermarket can be used for our beauty routine.
One of my favorite products is extra virgin olive oil (when I mention the Ďolive oilí term in this article Ė I refer to the extra virgin olive oil).
Olive oil is a very popular product that people use for centuries and nowadays, it still goes strong and is widely used in cosmetic industry.
Olive oil is very rich in vitamins, minerals and natural fatty acids. Itís also convenient for a sensitive skin. Olive oil is a powerful ingredient of anti-aging skin care products; rich in antioxidants, it prevents skin aging, the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, it also nourishes, rejuvenates and protects the skin.
Rich in vitamin E and A, olive oil helps prolong youth, hydrates the skin, maintains its elasticity and softness. Also, olive oil helps skin cells to regenerate. The list of olive oil benefits can go on and on, but letís talk about practical things: how can you use olive oil for beauty?
1) Olive oil bath
Sophia Loren, gorgeous italian actress, once shared her beauty secret Ė she loves taking olive oil baths.
To prepare the olive oil bath, just add 5 table spoons of extra virgin olive oil into your bathtub and you are done! (You can add more if you like). This simple, yet amazing beauty secret can make your skin soft and very smooth.
Here is another variation the olive oil beauty bath: massage your body with the extra virgin olive oil before hopping into your bathtub, after you finish taking your bath, pat your skin dry and wipe away the excess oil; you wonít recognize your skin! It will be amazingly soft and smooth, like a baby skin.
2) Olive oil body lotion
Olive oil is my favourite body lotion! (I donít buy body lotions and body creams any more, because I found the one that is very efficient and all natural). I love to apply olive oil all over my body, while in the shower (right after I used the shower gel); after the olive oil body lotion my skin feels baby soft and very smooth! This simple beauty secret is a very quick and easy way to make your skin look/feel healthy and tender to touch.
3) Olive oil makeup remover
I love using olive oil as my makeup remover in the evening. It gently removes makeup and nourishes the skin at the same time. Apply a little bit of olive oil on a cotton pad (or on a wet cotton pad) and gently wipe away all the makeup from your face. If you have a heavy makeup on, then to remove it massage olive oil all over your face first and then, wipe it off with a washcloth saturated with warm water. Repeat a couple of times if necessary and remember to be gentle, never treat your skin harshly. Rinse with warm, then cold water; cold water will stimulate the blood circulation and close pores.
You can also use olive oil as a gentle eye makeup remover; it will easily remove even the waterproof makeup.
4) How to strengthen nails with olive oil?
A warm olive oil bath for nails is an excellent way to strengthen them. It takes only 5 or 10 minutes. Just soak your nails in slightly warmed up olive oil (it shouldnít be too hot, just a room temperature). Do this treatment once or twice a week and enjoy strong, shiny and healthy nails!
5) Olive oil eye cream
Yes, you can use olive oil as an eye cream. It will nourish the tender skin around your eyes and soften fine lines. Gently dab some olive oil under your eyes before the bed time or in the morning. Keep your olive oil eye cream in the fridge and enjoy refreshing, vitamin filled beauty treatment.
6) Olive oil homemade face masks
One of my favorite homemade face masks with olive oil is this: mix one egg yolk with one table spoon of olive oil (if you want, add a tea spoon of lemon juice, it will help whiten and brighten the skin, as lemon juice is rich in antioxidants and especially vitamin C). Apply this mixture on your clean face for 5 -10 minutes; rinse with warm, then cold water (cold water will help to close pores). This olive oil homemade face mask can be used for normal or dry skin types, it will nourish and soften your skin, adding a wonderful glow.
Here is a cleansing and refreshing olive oil face mask for normal skin type: mix 1 table spoon of white cosmetic clay with 1 table spoon of olive oil. Apply it to your face for about 10 minutes; rinse with warm water.
7) Olive oil for hair
Olive oil hair treatment is quick and easy to make; it will take you only 15 minutes to do it.
Mix one egg yolk with 2 table spoons of olive oil and 1 tea spoon of lemon juice. Keep this mask on your hair for about 15 minutes, then shampoo and condition. Your hair will become shinier and softer.
Here is another olive oil hair treatment: itís easy, just apply olive oil on your hair, let it sit on your locks for about one hour, then shampoo and condition your hair as usual (you might need to shampoo your hair two times to get rid of greasiness). This hair treatment will make your hair healthier and will add shine.
8) Donít forget to add olive oil in your salads! Olive oil will improve your skin, hair and nails condition, nourishing your body from within. Remember, beauty starts from within!
Olive oil is one of my favorite natural skin care products.